HUT charity was established in 2017, after the unforeseen closure of HMP Holloway, by those who worked there as Forensic Psychotherapists. HUT members understand how violent and abusive lives may impact on offending and reoffending rates and aim to provide free mental health support to help women affected by the CJS change their lives.

HUT therapists are all members of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP), and undergo rigorous and continuous training. They work flexibly from various locations and alongside probation services, NHS providers and community rehabilitation companies to support women on their release from prison. 

Due to ongoing challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, all therapeutic sessions are currently delivered online or via telephone.

With a good therapeutic relationship as a vehicle, the therapist helps the client become aware of unconscious thoughts and feelings that may be maintaining undesirable behavioural patterns. It facilitates the exploration of childhood experiences and traumas to help the client develop insight as to how these may impact on current relationships.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy aids recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health difficulties. In EMDR, unwanted symptoms are a result of unprocessed traumatic memories, thus, therapists use the client’s own rhythmic eye movement to revisit and moderate emotionally triggering memories of traumas.

Mentalisation Based Therapy aims on improving one’s capacity to mentalise i.e., the client’s understanding of their own intentions and those of others, hoping to alleviate problematic behaviour and regulate emotional arousal. Therapists tend not to focus on past relationships and events; instead, they help clients explore what happens when mentalising capacity is compromised in present relationships.

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