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Help is available, and we have a unique specialism in working with those in the criminal justice system who want help to change. Taking demonstrable steps to address offending behaviours will always be an important feature, and can sometimes have an impact when it comes to sentencing. For us though, therapy and rehabilitation is about so much more than your case outcome. It’s really about you, your family, your whole life. People are often in crisis when they call us. Rarely do these things ‘just’ happen, and whatever the why or maybe, the consequences can be multifaceted and long lasting. If you want help, then together we can ensure you get it. That’s better for the society against whom it is alleged you have offended, better for your family and better for you.
We collaborate with a community of professionals committed to rehabilitation, including psychologists, therapists, counsellors and treatment providers, in everything from relationships, to counselling, alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual addictions, anger management and more. If you do chose to get help, we can make sure it is recognised by decision makers in the criminal justice system, with appropriate written reports, sufficient focus on efficacy and proportionate weight given the circumstances you face.
It’s never too soon. An arrest or a police investigation will for most be a wake-up call and for some a catalyst for change. Addressing unhealthy or risky behaviours and seeking to understand the root causes of those problems represents a responsible response to an allegation of misconduct. It’s doing the right thing. There may be an imperative for you beyond this – maybe a partner or children, other family or a professional role. It may be about coping, staying alive, getting through this. It may be about seeing a future free from addiction or darkness or abuse. Maybe it’s about trust. What we are clear about is that you do not have to wait for a police investigation to conclude, or for the probation service to step in. Getting help voluntarily at an early stage, if it’s right for you, is not only possible, it is for the best. Prove to yourself, those closest to you, the police or the courts that you do not have to be defined by the issues that have led you here.
No. Whether you are guilty or not guilty of a criminal offence will depend on the evidence against you and the public interest factors in the case. Getting help to change is about addressing unhealthy, risky or maladaptive behaviours. For some, those behaviours will manifest themselves through the commission of criminal offences, and if so the criminal justice system will seek to intervene. For others, a police investigation or criminal case that leads to nothing will still be the catalyst for leading a healthier, happier, safer life.
Getting help is not dependent on going to court and the motivation for getting help and support will always be mixed. The drivers may include your own wellbeing, proving to family that you are taking steps to change, rebuilding trust or finally ending the cycle of hurt and shame. But having taken steps to address your offending behaviour may make a difference in court, if that is where your case ends up. The capacity to voluntarily get help, to face up to what you have done and do something about it, may also impact on your risk of re-offending or risk of causing harm, and may be evidence of remorse. What is really important is not so much why you are getting help, but whether it is working. We care a lot about the efficacy of the support because that is what ultimately reduces harm in society. That is doing the right thing and in everyone’s interests.
Yes, if we need one or it is otherwise in your best interests. Independent psychological assessment, or psychiatric assessment, can form an important step of a thorough treatment pathway in some cases, and the development of an independently recommended treatment plan by a leading expert may be important both personally and legally. This will not be right in all cases, however, and it will be a topic for consideration as we go through the treatment pathway that is right for you.
There are no referral fees and we have no financial arrangements with any therapist, treatment provider or other expert.
All of those with whom we collaborate are independent practitioners or organisations. Whilst some services are available through the NHS or charitably, most will be privately funded, and the cost can vary. Individual one-to-one therapy sessions typically range from about £60-85 per session, although some practitioners charge more depending on their particular expertise or experience. Expert assessments will range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds, depending on the issues arising. Some clients are seeking a more involved or intensive program of support, recognising that now is the moment and this process is a key life event. Importantly, there will always be steps on the treatment pathway that are free, and self-study and personal work is sometimes the most important and challenging. If you want help, we’ll help you find a way to get the help and support that matches your resources. Our service is specialist and bespoke with services and solutions tailored only to you and we regret we are unable to offer legal aid work.
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"This firm is ahead of the market in terms of its client care and its attention to detail. They offer a blend of essential qualities that are required in dealing with stressful and delicate matters."
Legal 500, 2020