(Please note that assessment and treatment this takes place at our facility in Norwich and Kings Lynn and not Pensthorpe)
Forensic psychotherapy deals with the core issues of aggression, sexual perversion and hostility. In therapy we are interested in exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have or may lead to intervention by the police or law courts. We have experience in dealing with a wide range of behaviours ranging from sexually inappropriate behaviours to serious sexual assault. We have extensive experience of children in care or the edge of care and those transitioning into independent living, who may have a forensic history.
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. Sessions will be facilitated by a therapist who is also an Educational specialist. Her work will offer containment, focus the work, and give possible interpretations to the symbolic communication; in so doing she will also be able to develop a clear picture of cognitive capability which will be fed back to the forensic therapist.
To aid this process we explore through the therapy sessions;
- A comprehensive psycho-social history;
- Sexual arousal patterns and interests;
- Sexual deviancy;
- Cognitive functioning, including intellectual and memory functioning;
- Mental health functioning;
- Unique factors related to the offending behaviours (The offending signature):
- Risk of future sexual violence and/or general violence (if appropriate, based on the model of past and current behaviour as a predictor of future offending);
- Formulation of offending behaviours
- Supervision/management recommendations (within home and school setting);
- Mentalisation process through psycho-education;
- Mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and the likelihood of acting on impulse.