Emotional wellness

Talking therapy for adults and children

At The Cooley Practice, we understand that everyone will experience ups and downs during their lifetime and that mental health difficulties can affect us all.

Reaching out for support might be overwhelming, but rest assured that our practitioners will meet your courage with the expertise, compassion and respect it deserves.

What To Expect From Therapy

In person | Online | Outdoors

During your initial appointment, we will provide a safe place for you to share your story. We will draw on our expert understanding of psychological theories and models to work with you in developing a shared understanding of your difficulties. Together, we will think about the appropriate therapeutic input and anticipated number of sessions that will help you meet your goals.

At The Cooley Practice, we aim to work beyond symptom reduction, to explore the root of your difficulties. Perhaps you don't know exactly what's wrong, or where your difficulties started? Or maybe your experience of a difficult life event is causing you distress? Engaging honestly and openly with therapy can feel hard and it requires your commitment to look at things that might feel painful. But our clients reflect time and time again that these efforts have enabled them to disentangle themselves from emotional, behavioural and relational patterns. In seeking therapy to connect with, understand and improve your distress, we hold a confidence that your efforts will be rewarded with positive changes and a renewed connection with yourself, others and the world.

Difficulties We Work With

Our practitioners have a wealth experience in supporting people with the following difficulties:

  • Anxiety - general anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks
  • Low mood
  • Work-related stress and burnout
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Emotional adjustment to chronic physical health problems
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Difficulties with regulating emotions
  • Understanding your neurodivergence

How We Will Support You

Our practitioners have expertise in using a range of psychotherapy models. They will work with you to identify the approach that is right for you. Some of the models we use are:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
  • Ecotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-focussed therapy

Where Your Therapy Will Take Place

We offer our services in-person at one of our beautifully designed therapy rooms in Leicester. We can also offer appointments via video call for online therapy. 

If you’d prefer to be out and about in the great outdoors during your appointments, outdoor therapy might be the approach for you. Outdoor therapy involves meeting with your practitioner whilst sitting or walking in your chosen outdoor environment, such as parks and footpaths. Outdoor therapy offers a number of benefits:

  • supporting those who find an indoor therapy room encounter too uncomfortable
  • physical movement and dynamic surroundings supporting those who feel psychologically ‘stuck’
  • escape from day-to-day routines and environments associated with your difficulties
  • restorative effects of time spent in natural settings
  • holistic benefits to physical as well as psychological health

Dr Sam Cooley, has received international recognition for his work in outdoor therapy. Dr Cooley is involved in training other practitioners and has produced national guidance for the British Psychological Society.


Our Services

Specialist independent providers. Experienced and passionate about what we do, we are committed to working alongside you.