A central aim of forensic psychotherapy is to lessen the negative or unhelpful defences against internal conflict. Therapy supports the client to identify and address unconscious dynamics, leading to a more useful expression of feelings.

We use the therapeutic relationship to reduce offending behaviour leading to positive non-offending outcomes. Attention to the transference and countertransference experienced in the consulting room is central to the treatment. Verbatim employ an evidence-based model of treatment utilising psychodynamic principles.

Through careful integration of Verbatim’s core elements of risk assessment, the therapeutic relationship and psycho-education in partnership, we aim to bring about long-term sustainable change by involving the supportive network in the therapeutic process. The sessions will also be an aid to on-going assessment helping us to get a better picture of cognitive functioning.