Therapist in Maidstone

IC Therapies

Therapist Services in Maidstone

Welcome to IC Therapies, home of accredited therapists in Maidstone. We are committed to improving our clients’ mental health through inclusive, compassionate, and exceptional care. We offer a comprehensive suite of therapy services tailored to meet individual needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Much of this terminology may not have much meaning, and that’s absolutely fine – it’s our job to ensure you are undertaking the correct type of therapy for your needs, and will tailor your services accordingly.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Interpersonal Psychotherapy


Compassion Focused Therapy


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Our core focus lies in aiding individuals to overcome trauma and depression. Over 15 years of collective clinical experience in both NHS and private sectors have equipped us to effectively address a wide array of psychological, behavioural, and emotional challenges across various care settings. Our extensive experience with complex cases has honed our proficiency in utilising diverse treatment modalities such as CBT, IPT, and EMDR to enhance our clients’ overall well-being. We deeply value our clients’ inner resilience and prioritise empathetic listening to cultivate robust therapeutic connections. Drawing from diverse backgrounds in mental health nursing, we possess a comprehensive understanding of antidepressants and anxiolytic medications, including their efficacy and potential side effects. This knowledge enables us to customise medication usage for clients, aligning with current research insights. Regular supervision across all our therapeutic methodologies ensures our adherence to professional and ethical guidelines. As part of our ongoing professional development endeavours, we have recently expanded our service offerings to include specialised CBT for Psychological Well-being in Cancer within our private practice.

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Our Team

Susana Oppey

Bringing over 15 years of clinical practice in mental health across both NHS and private sectors, Susana Oppey offers extensive expertise in treating a wide range of diverse and complex psychological issues.

Emma Scott

With over two decades of experience specialising in mental health within both NHS and private settings, Emma Scott focuses on utilising CBT, IPT, and EMDR approaches to address various mental health concerns.

Folake Aneyo

Folake Aneyo is a fully accredited practitioner with BABCP, boasting over a decade of experience in tackling complex behavioral and emotional issues across NHS and independent settings.

Deepa Gumaste

Deepa Gumaste, Content Writer and Developer at IC Therapies Ltd, brings over 15 years of clinical expertise as a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, accredited by BABCP.

About Us

Our Therapy Service

IC Therapies is based in Maidstone, Kent with over 12 years of experience in NHS mental health practice. We provide unwavering support to patients with diverse needs through our expertise of handling severe presentations and complex cases within Secondary Mental Health Services. In our private practice, which spans more than 5 years, we specialise in treating Depression and Trauma, and have a successful track record in addressing various anxiety presentations including OCD, social anxiety, and generalised anxiety. Our comprehensive experience includes guiding patients in the safe usage of antidepressants and other prescribed medications, while offering substantial psychosocial support within the local community.

Qualifications and Training

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Canterbury Christ Church University (2016).
  • MSc Advanced Practice, Mental Health Nursing. Canterbury Christ Church University (2015).
  • BSc Hons Mental Health Nursing. Canterbury Christ Church University (2007)
  • EMDR fully qualified in 2019
  • IPT fully qualified in 2019
  • Compassionate Focused Therapy Trained (2016)
  • Clinical Supervision Training (2018)

Additional Information

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) the UK.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
  • Fully insured

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at IC Therapies in Maidstone, Kent, helps individuals lead fulfilling lives by addressing interconnected thoughts, emotions, actions, and feelings. Endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), CBT effectively treats depression, anxiety, and trauma. Sessions, lasting 50 minutes, are conducted online, via telephone, or in person. Clients complete questionnaires to monitor progress and engage in collaborative, active exploration with therapists. Homework tasks reinforce learning between sessions. With commitment and openness to new skills, clients progress toward goals, supported every step of the way by IC Therapies.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) focuses on enhancing relationships to alleviate distress and improve mood. IPT, endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), employs evidence-based strategies to address interpersonal challenges contributing to depression. Through role play and communication exercises, clients learn assertive behaviours and new communication skills to navigate relationship conflicts effectively. IPT is adaptable for unilateral couples work, fostering healthier relationships. It targets loneliness, unresolved grief, life transitions, and interpersonal disputes, offering support for depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders. IPT therapy helps individuals strengthen connections and achieve emotional well-being.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy offers a path to calm beyond trauma and anxiety. Recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), EMDR gently guides individuals through the recovery process from traumatic events. By facilitating the brain’s proper processing of distressing memories, EMDR aims to halt their recurrence and alleviate their impact. EMDR therapy targets various forms of trauma, including PTSD, abuse, combat, or crime aftermath. It extends its healing touch to associated concerns like depression, addiction, phobias, and self-esteem issues. Through targeted interventions, EMDR addresses traumatic experiences, promoting emotional well-being and recovery from distressing events.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) offers a transformative journey towards healing and self-compassion. Rooted in psychology and neuroscience, CFT focuses on nurturing compassion, particularly for oneself, to address various mental health challenges. Through structured exercises and mindfulness techniques, individuals learn to reframe self-critical thoughts, develop self-soothing mechanisms, and cultivate emotional resilience.

CFT enables individuals to navigate trauma, anxiety, and depression by fostering self-compassion and understanding. It equips them with practical tools to manage distress, reduce self-criticism, and enhance self-acceptance. By nurturing a compassionate relationship with oneself and others, CFT promotes emotional balance and growth. CFT is effective in treating trauma-related symptoms, anxiety disorders, depression, and persistent self-criticism. It provides a framework for healing, leveraging compassion as a powerful tool for mental well-being and a more fulfilling life.