Find out more about our therapists and how each one can help
Dr. Quentin Simpson
I specialise in working with people over 18 years of age and I use psychological talking therapies such as CBT, EMDR and Narrative Therapy to address emotional or psychological distress. This includes working with adults on their experiences of childhood trauma, domestic violence and traumatic life events such as accidents and bereavement. I work with conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression as well as working with relationship difficulties, attachment issues, low self-esteem & issues of adult personality
Life is certainly not easy to manage for most of us. We have to deal with our vulnerable body, a complex brain and unpredictable emotions.
Clients often come to me feeling desperate and weak. However, the majority have already lived through many difficulties – sometimes horrible experiences – and were still able to cope and to survive. I believe in people’s potential, capabilities and strengths. I see my role in exploring recources and qualities alongside limitations and vulnerabilities and in supporting clients to become aware of their healthy attributes and their creativity.
Alison Lancaster MSc
People come to a talking therapy for many different reasons. Psychotherapy helps treat serious problems but it offers much more than that. Even when life is ok there is always scope for self-development. Some people are just curious to understand themselves better and therapy can be useful for this as well as the distressing problems. Whatever it is that people bring to therapy I support clients in finding their strengths and courage to confront and make sense of difficult experiences and emotions. As a psychotherapist I see my function as the catalyst for people to reach a greater self-awareness, balance and harmony in life
People come forward for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy when they have a current problematic symptom of a recurring nature, for example depression, anxiety, phobia, relational difficulties. Others seek psychotherapy when they feel their lives are consistently unfulfilled and empty even when they seem to be engaging in relationships and work.
I look at people holistically as a unique blend of mind, body and spirit. I see most psychological problems as distortions of a natural quest for self-awareness and self-expression that show as cognitive, emotional or physical symptoms. My approach is based in the humanistic and integrative tradition where the emphasis is on helping people understand themselves more deeply. The therapy begins in the present by talking about what is troubling a person now and looking for ways to move forward from there. Often it helps to look at unresolved issues in past experience as they generally influence, consciously or unconsciously, what is happening now.
I specialise in solution-focused brief therapy which is applicable to the majority of psychological, behavioural and relationship problems experienced in adults, children and young people. People who have suffered traumatic events or who have long-term physical health problems also find solution-focused therapy beneficial. I have many years experience of working with those people who have a diagnosis of personality disorder and their families and carers particularly borderline personality disorder.
Our main offices are in Carlisle at:
13 Earl Street
We also have clinicians who see clients in Penrith, Wigton & Ivegill in Cumbria