Restore Control is a unique psychological therapy service that offers evidence-based treatment for mental health problems. In this article, you will find all you need to know about the service. Learning about the professional but flexible approach to mental health at Restore Control will help you make an informed decision about booking your first session.
What is Restore Control?
Restore Control is a psychological therapy service offering flexible therapy for mental health problems. It was founded by Kuba Grzegrzolka, a BABCP accredited psychotherapist based in Leeds. The main aim of the Restore Control therapy service is to provide a safe space to explore and effectively tackle life difficulties. Whether you have a long-term mental health problem or are facing a new life obstacle, you will find help here.
Your therapist at Restore Control will use modern therapy methods to help you get to the bottom of your problem. Ultimately, the aim is to help you gain a new perspective and feel empowered to take steps towards restoring control in your life. You will be in full control of your therapy. You can choose the content, duration, and frequency of your therapy sessions. By making your own decisions and taking care of things that matter to you, you start restoring control in your life in a natural and empowering way.
What is different about Restore Control?
A quick google search might help you notice that there are hundreds of support options out there. Most services claim to provide evidence-based therapy and Restore Control is no different. What exactly is unique about the Restore Control therapy service? The fundamental difference is in its approach to mental health.
A typical understanding of mental health
Many traditional therapy services use a “medical” model of mental health. Various symptoms typically occurring together are grouped into diagnoses. In your first session, commonly known as an assessment, a clinician would ask you detailed questions. Then, the therapist uses your answers to determine whether the problem fits the criteria for a specific diagnosis. For example, a person who worries extensively might receive a Generalised Anxiety Disorder diagnosis. A person who has been feeling down for some time might learn they have Depression.
Further treatment most commonly uses Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches. Firstly, the therapist collaboratively explains to the client why and how the given disorder occurs. This is known as formulation. Afterwards, the therapist guides and advises the client on subsequent stages of treatment, with practical suggestions and weekly assignments. Examples of such tasks can be keeping a diary of negative thoughts or keeping an activity planner. The CBT therapists see such homework tasks as an essential part of treatment. They regularly review these assignments at the beginning of every session.
What are the challenges of the traditional approach?
Unlike physical health problems, mental health does not involve easily measurable symptoms. Medical issues such as a broken leg can be verified on a scan, allowing for clear treatment recommendations. However, there are no straightforward ways to objectively measure whether your anxiety or low mood are signs of mental illness. Conversely, such symptoms might be natural or even beneficial responses to various life events. Matching them against the criteria for mental health disorders can create challenges. For example, your symptoms might not match any diagnosis, or you may meet the criteria for multiple disorders. It is also possible that the treatment protocol used might target your symptoms, but not the source of your problem. Considering that every person’s circumstances are unique, the therapist might be unable to choose a strategy consistent with every client’s beliefs and life visions.
What is the approach to mental health at Restore Control?
At Restore Control, the client is in the centre of the therapy process. Every person’s world is seen as a unique set of problems, perceptions, and ideas. Therefore, there is no one protocol, technique, or tool that can be applied to resolve all mental health difficulties. The process of therapy helps you explore and understand your internal battles. You will get the chance to connect to various aspects of your life, especially your personal goals and values. The therapist will help you fully immerse yourself in your problem so that you can make meaningful changes in your life.
What is the meaning behind the name “Restore Control”?
Restore Control takes a view consistent with scientific research suggesting that psychological distress occurs as a result of the loss of control. In other words, when various aspects of your life are not the way you want them to be, you are likely to experience mental health symptoms. The longer you are stuck in such circumstances, the more likely you will struggle psychologically. Symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, worrying, negative thoughts, flashbacks, and others do not necessarily indicate the presence of mental illness. They occur because of the way your brain and body are programmed to work when you lose control of various aspects of your life. The therapist’s goal, consistent with research, is to aid the natural process of change involved in restoring the sense of control. This process often happens in the background. As a result, you can gain a new perspective on your problem.
What help will I receive at Restore Control?
The exact content of each therapy session will differ depending on your needs, but the support received can generally be categorised into two categories:
1. Talking about your problems
The therapist will use a transdiagnostic cognitive therapy known as Method of Levels (MOL) to help you approach your problem. Such support will be shaped by the principles of the Perceptual Control Theory. In a nutshell, the therapist will aid the natural process of change by helping you direct your awareness to the source of your distress. Such exploration might involve talking about certain aspects of your life you don’t like. As a part of this you might be discussing topics you usually avoid discussing. Simultaneously, you will have an opportunity to talk about the parts of you that you feel conflicted about. Such exploration can help you connect to your personal experiences, beliefs, and values. Eventually, this can lead to changes in your perspective and help you feel more in control of your problem.
2. Learning how to take control
Apart from talking about your problem, the therapist can assist you in making practical steps towards restoring control. Such work might involve learning about things you want to learn about (e.g. learning about how anxiety works). It might also include facing the problems you want to face (e.g. learning how to get in control of your panic attacks). Such practical work can use selected techniques from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but only when it’s relevant and required by you. One good example of such work is “exposure therapy” where you have an opportunity to gradually face your fears in a controlled and safe way.
Your therapy sessions at Restore Control
At the Restore Control therapy service, you are in full control of the course of your therapy. Firstly, you decide how often to attend the sessions. Secondly, it is your choice what problems you discuss in each session. Moreover, your therapist will never force you to speak about something you do not want to talk about. Importantly, if you choose to talk about something difficult, you can choose how much details you provide. You can also be in full control of any changes you start making to your life. The therapist would never ask you to do something against your wishes.
You are in full control of your bookings
At Restore Control, the frequency of therapy sessions is chosen by you. You will have access to an online booking system available 24/7, where you can schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. Whether you want to book a regular timeslot (e.g. once or twice per week) or would like to book a single one-off session to discuss a specific problem, the choice is yours.
To put everything together, Restore Control offers flexible psychological therapy backed by robust scientific research. It puts its clients in the centre of therapy. The clients have full control of the bookings and the content of the sessions. The therapist aids the natural processes of change in each person, in a way that is personally empowering.