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Therapy Truro is a dedicated psychotherapy and counselling service, offering long and short term therapy, counselling and psychoanalysis for individuals and couples. The practice is run by experienced psychotherapists who have been working in their specialist fields for more than 20 years. Each practitioner is fully qualified and adheres to their respective code of ethics. Therapy Truro is committed to provide psychotherapy and counselling in a safe, secure and confidential environment. It provides a non-judgmental service, which does not discriminate on any grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, age or disability. The practitioners have a particular interest and expertise in working with people experiencing: anxiety, addictions, adoption, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, relationship and family issues, sexual abuse and trauma.

Psychotherapy and Counselling Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Individual Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Psychodynamic Therapy for Couples and Individuals
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Individual and Small Group Case Supervision
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Services

    Individual Counselling /Psychotherapy

    The British Psychological Society defines counselling as a process 'designed to help people improve their sense of well-being, alleviate their distress, resolve their crises and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions for themselves’. Common issues for which counselling can help include anxiety, depression, stress/anger management, bereavement, life changes and self development. Counselling tends to focus on more specific issues than psychotherapy and if often of shorter duration. Counselling is not advice, but can provide a supportive relationship within which a person can utilize their own resources to deal with difficulties and confront distressing situations. Psychotherapy is a more in-depth process which takes into account the unconscious process. It provides an opportunity for the individual to explore their emotional/psychological difficulties which may be of a more complex and entrenched nature.

    Psychodynamic Relationship Therapy for Couples and Individuals

    Relationship therapy is an in-depth treatment for both individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and who have a wish to explore these problems and see how they have arisen. Problems in current relationships reflect difficulties from experiences in early life. Therapy will allow an exploration of both conscious and unconscious factors and attachment patterns that contribute to the present issues and difficulties. Couple therapy can help with sexual problems, lack of commitment, affairs, addictions, family issues, separation and divorce. This model of therapy is also suited to individuals who have difficulties in relationships and are aware of repeating and destructive patterns of behaviour, either in themselves or in their choice of partner and want help in understanding this.

    Jungian Psychoanalysis

    Jungian psychology acknowledges the primacy of the unconscious as a basis for the therapeutic relationship. The analytical dialogue encourages a deeper consideration of the motivations of the client’s psyche, thoughts and actions. Also, creative dream work is encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of archetypal or mythological material. Jungian psychotherapy seeks to align conscious and unconscious thoughts to create new values of meaning and purpose and to transform psychological pain and suffering.

    Psychosexual Therapy

    Psychosexual therapy is a chance to explore sexual difficulties that are occurring within a relationship and can provide a treatment programme to improve sexual intimacy for the couple.

    Individual and Small group supervision

    A case supervision service for counsellors, psychotherapists and other people in the helping professions, including social workers. Although the supervision will look at unconscious and parallel process it is not confined to psychodynamic or psychoanalytic modalities.


    Elspeth Ballard MBACP

    Principal Therapist
    Dip. Psychodynamic Couple and Marital Counselling
    Dip. Supervision
    Psychosexual Therapist
    Elspeth Ballard trained at London Marriage Guidance (now Tavistock Relationships) where she completed a three year BACP Accredited Diploma in Couple and Marital Counselling and went on to complete a Psychosexual training. She also gained a diploma in Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Supervision at WPF in London. She has had more than 20 years experience, intially at Tavistock Relationships and private practice in both London and Cornwall. Elspeth specializes in all areas of family, couple and relationship issues for both individuals, couples and young people.

    Ellen Fairfull MSc UKCP and UPCA

    Ellen Fairful is a skilled psychoanalytic psychotherapist and an approved mental health practitioner with over 20 years experience. She has worked in specialist psychotherapy and primary care settings within the NHS as well as in Private Practice. Ellen has a particular interest and expertise in working with people identified as having borderline personality disorder issues, mental health problems, complex and long standing emotional and psychological difficulties including self harming behaviours, trauma and depression.

    Martin Hosken IGAP IAAP UKCP

    Jungian Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist
    Martin Hosken undertook a classical Jungian training in Depth Psychology with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. Having originally qualified with a research degree in the psychology of creativity from the Royal College of Art, he has worked extensively in both arts education and strategic management positions. He also lectures on Post-graduate courses at Falmouth University. Martin specialises in working with complex psychological and emotional problems including trauma and depression, personality disorders, mental health problems as well as questions of meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does therapy or counselling take?

    It is difficult to be specific as each case and client is different; however, counselling is usually between 6 and 20 sessions and therapy can last from 6 months to 2+ years.

    What will happen in the sessions?

    There is no set pattern or routine to sessions; it is led by the client and geared to the needs of the client. It is an opportunity to talk and to be listened to in a confidential and non-judgemental way.

    What is an Assessment Session?

    Everyone is offered an initial hour-long consultation. This provides an opportunity to explore the nature of the problem and to determine if counselling/therapy is the most appropriate form of treatment. Also it gives an experience of the way of working and to consider the suitability of client and therapist.

    How often do sessions take place?

    Sessions are usually weekly, taking place on the same day and time each week. Sessions are either 50 or 60 minutes.

    What happens if I have to change or cancel an appointment?

    It may be possible to re-arrange a session, depending on the circumstances. Missed sessions will be charged at the full rate.

    How much do sessions cost?

    Each session costs £50 - £70, depending on the type of intervention and whether attending as an individual or a couple. It is possible to offer slightly reduced fees in extenuating circumstances and this arrangement is at the discretion of the therapist.

    What about Confidentiality and Privacy?

    As a practice we take client confidentiality very seriously. We comply with the statutory General Data Protection Regulations. All sessions are confidential unless there is a legitimate legal or safeguarding issue.

    If you require specific information you are advised to discuss this with your therapist.

    Emails may be your preferred method of communication in which case you should be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of the Service Provider. We suggest you keep email and text messages simple; as a way of requesting or changing appointments, for unexpected events or in the event of an emergency.

    Contact Us

    Therapy Truro

    8 Walsingham Place
    TR1 2RD

    01872 240800

    Elspeth Ballard

    07855 755885

    Ellen Fairful

    07866 164707

    Martin Hosken

    07970 717441