What is Intensive Therapy?


What is Intensive Therapy?

The Intensive Therapy Program at the Green Door Clinic is a more agile and highly successful alternative to standard weekly therapy sessions. This is an ‘out-patient program’ for people who want to make a quick impact on their mental health.

The Intensive Therapy programme gives you an opportunity like never before, to take a focused and in-depth exploration of your habitual thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and core beliefs as well as your unhealthy behaviours.

What type of person suits this method of treatment?

It is designed for everyone suffering with mental health difficulties who would like to maximise their recovery in the shortest amount of time.

The Intensive Therapy Program, for example, can be used when battling addiction, post-traumatic stress, or a disabling mood disorder. It offers a swift process to your recovery, using dedicated specialists and programs to guide you along the way. Whether you are at the start of your diagnosis or treatment, or finding that traditional weekly 1-2-1 therapy alone is starting to stall, or taking too long, the program can help you overcome these obstacles to good mental health.

What does the Intensive Therapy approach offer?

Your story is unique to you and that’s why your recovery program should be the same. This is why we as a clinic started to talk and created a new way of working within mental health, by designing a bespoke, personalised treatment plan for each individual to suit their budget and circumstances.

Taking a holistic approach to therapy, this course comprises one-to-one therapy, well-being training, and participation in psycho-education workshops and group psychotherapy. Therapy takes place up to 6 days a week, with multiple sessions each day with different therapists to complement your on-going relationship with a regular clinician or therapist who will remain key to your program.

Each of our Psychiatrists and Clinicians are internationally renowned for their expertise and have many years of experience in clinical practice. They use latest research to inform their treatment planning. This means they are constantly reviewing the latest innovation in neuroscience to maximise your recovery.

How is this technique new?

Functional Psychiatry is proven to maximise recovery. Modern neuroscience research indicates that the most effective way to change brain activity and improve long-term recovery in the shortest amount of time has three elements:

Psychiatry, Psychology and Wellbeing

Our unique program works on the principle of Functional Psychiatry which uses all three components together at the same time.

We offer the maximum choice in Wellbeing for your program including physical exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, yoga, BreathWork, mindfulness and meditation.

We also offer the best in psychological talking therapy methods including movement psychotherapy and psychosynthesis psychotherapy, to help you access your subconscious and obtain your own insight to facilitate change.

The Green Door Clinic also has a close working partnership with an employment discrimination lawyer who can offer immediate support and advice to any patient struggling with feeling unsupported at work because of their mental health.

How is Functional Psychiatry delivered in the Intensive Therapy Program?

Functional Psychiatry is what we do at Green Door Clinic. It is a way of working that includes a holistic approach to recovery. We think it’s the best cause of action to finding a way towards better mental health. The focus is to understand the root triggers of an issue and then use a variety of strategies to help each client improve their mental health by combining different methods of learning, multiple healthy strategies and new ways of living.

Using Functional Psychiatry to assesses the origin of the illness removes the myth that “doctors just give out medication” to solve poor mental health. It views the body as an integrated system, and doesn’t just focus on the mind.

Where does the Intensive Therapy Program take place?

Our unique Intensive Therapy Program can be administered in a variety of ways. The first step is to get in contact with us to discuss your issues and needs.

Next we will invite you to visit us at the Green Door Clinic for an initial assessment. If you choose to receive treatment at the clinic, the program takes place in our beautiful warm and welcoming facilities right in the heart of London, in the world renowned Harley Street Medical Area.

However, there is another route available to you. You can choose to have treatment online, if your timetable or location doesn’t allow for clinic visits. This makes our program available to patients worldwide and in multiple time zones. An online program can be adapted to meet all types of needs, like frequent travel for work, or personal family matters, because we design your program around you, your lifestyle and your schedule.

Many people do not wish to take time out to have an in-patient stay in a hospital. We can provide you with extra support by way of a supporting live-in mentor for any part of your treatment – usually the first few weeks of our program. This enables you to live in the comfort of your own home and with your family, whilst also attending your daily sessions, knowing that you are supported and safe.

What types of treatments are available?

The Intensive Therapy Program gives you maximum flexibility and includes access to over 25 different talking therapeutic modalities that our counsellors and psychotherapists are qualified in, in addition to the many different Wellbeing practices and a Consultant Psychiatrist who will make a clinical diagnosis and prescribe medication if required.

We have expertise in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) which when combined with Wellbeing skills, offers supportive treatment for specific medical diagnoses and stubbornly difficult to shift cases like borderline personality disorders.

If you want to explore additional treatments to your regular talking therapy, we can help facilitate an exploration to help you find out what works best for you.

A new type of medication available for treatment resistant depression – Esketamine

In conjunction with the creation of our Intensive Therapy Program, we are also one of the first London clinics to offer this prescription controlled medication – a nasal spray for Treatment Resistant Depression. We have actual experience of observing how this treatment works, because one of our patients participated in the UK arm of worldwide clinical trials, at the Maudsley Hospital in South London, which is part of King’s College, London. Whilst undergoing this innovative medication clinical trial she continued her talking therapy with us.

You can learn more about this Breakthrough for Treatment Resistant Depression – Esketamine by checking out our blog. Our client helped us to make the video below which showcases her road to recovery using Esketamine.

What you will get out of your participation on the Intensive Therapy Program

Our goal is to give you a safe, comfortable, and explorative journey through to recovery of your mental health. The following comments are taken from some of our patients who have experienced the Intensive Therapy Program.


“From my initial contact with the Green Door Clinic, I had immediate access to a choice of five experienced psychiatrists for an initial assessment. The appointment was scheduled immediately, so there was no long wait list and I was given the option of a face-to-face consultation or a video appointment.

I was apprehensive about taking prescribed medication, so everything was explained to me. I was offered a range of additional treatments with the well-being team too. This plan emphasised the importance of BreathWork to teach me how to manage the extreme anxiety I was experiencing.

I was so relaxed with the content of the proposed treatment and the way the assessment had been conducted, that I had no hesitation in trusting the Psychiatrist who recommended that I start medication later in the program, once the functional aspect of my treatment was underway.

I then spoke with the lead therapist, who listened to my concerns about my crisis and for the first time I felt immediately at ease and that there was some hope of recovery. After many years of believing there was no hope of finding a treatment that would work for me, it was one of the most profound moments of my life”.


“There was no pressure on me to attend any of the scheduled group programs that previous clinics and hospitals had told me were mandatory to my chances of recovery. This program was designed particularly for me and the sessions were with some of the most amazing therapists I have ever met.

At my clinical assessment we decided on a mix of talking therapy and wellbeing activities which included exercise in a gym with the option of also working out in the fresh air in the park.

In my program I chose a combination of acupuncture, yoga, BreathWork and mindfulness meditation alongside working with my clinical psychologist, and movement psychotherapy.

I had struggled with addiction for many years and one of the things I remember the therapist saying was that, to combat the use of alcohol and marijuana, I needed to develop other healthy alternatives to rewire the pathways I had created in my brain when using to self-medicate my anxiety. No one had ever explained this to me before. I had always thought of myself as being weak for not being able to control it.

My therapist also ran the optional weekly evening support group which I decided to attend. I was nervous of groups, but it made complete sense when she told me that the groups are mixtures of patients all with different diagnoses, and she explained that this was a place designed for everyone to look at the similarities in their life struggles and not the differences, and provide support for each other as peers whilst you progress with your individual therapy.

Developing more spiritual strategies for living came top of the list for me, as a way to combat my addictive habits and I learnt from others attending my group that this was absolutely right. As I learnt to trust others, activities like yoga and meditation have became a more natural way for me to cope with my anxiety.

I had been told to be prepared for difficulties for the first month, however having the therapists on call to support me was one of the most important factors. Being an out-patient meant there was no difficult transition from a hospital facility back to home life, and I was able to learn how to live a new way, working day-by-day, knowing I had expert help on call. These therapists walked with me on my journey back to health.

The treatment plan was flexible to suit my needs and I will always be eternally grateful for this transformational experience.”

What is different about the Intensive Therapy Program?

We start where other clinics stop

We are open seven days a week and in evenings, to offer you a flexible program that works around your work requirements or home life. The program can be given via video link, in the clinic or as a combination of both. This level of flexibility is unmatched in the mental health sector.

Every person entering the program is monitored daily and their case is reviewed by our MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) at a weekly meeting. These meetings for clinicians and therapists create an invaluable opportunity for all your mentors to get together. They are designed to help evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment plan at every stage and make changes where and when appropriate.

This way our in-house expertise can be allocated immediately to each client’s individual weekly schedule in response to your developing needs. These plans are always discussed with you, so you are fully aware of your way ahead.

This means that every patient can be secure in the knowledge that every need has been looked at and considered, to build their successful individual recovery.

What outcome can you expect from the Intensive Therapy Program?

Fast, Rapid Recovery

  • You will gain an enormous amount of knowledge and insight about yourself

  • You will feel stronger and more confident about life, knowing you have the tools to help you through life

  • After discovering where some of the symptoms may have originated, it will help you to stay healthy

  • You will learn how to become more empowered and less inhibited by personal shame

  • You will learn how to build family relationships and how to make important decisions

  • You will learn how to be more assertive at work and feel more able to express yourself with confidence

  • You will learn that the most important thing in life is your health and be surprised how much people admire your courage to change

  • Your will learn that you have the confidence to try more things on your own, knowing that the clinicians will maintain their constant support

  • You will have the ability to maintain medication reviews as needed

  • You will be able to continue with sessions with your therapist and wellbeing practitioners on an ongoing basis following the end of your program

  • You will be able to arrange any ongoing sessions after work hours or weekends if you prefer, so you can continue with daily life

  • You will be able to continue with the evening group sessions and maintain contact with other patients in recovery if you wish

As our testimonials show, it is a life changing experience that you will always carry with you, remember and have new healthy skills to show for it.

How can I get in touch about the Intensive Therapy Program?

All you need to do is get in contact with us.


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