Guide to therapy

Guide to therapy. Getting the most out of therapy and counselling

Guide to therapy

 

For the purpose of this article, the terms counselling and therapy are used interchangeably. This Guide to therapy is written in the hope that it may help you think about how you might get the best out of your experience of therapy. Therapy comes in many different shapes, sizes and flavours, and this will be influenced by the type of therapy you have (sometimes referred to as modality), your therapist, your reasons for seeking therapy and maybe most of all, what you want from therapy.

The last factor above is “what you want from therapy,” is maybe the most important factor in your therapy. It will help you if you can think about and explore with your therapist (on an ongoing basis) what you want from therapy and have confidence in your therapist that together you can work towards that.

Confidence in your therapist is extremely important, do you feel you are able to trust them, be open with them, and feel safe and not judged?  If you answer no to any of these points, it will help you to explore this with your therapist, or, if needed, move on to a therapist that can offer you these elements.  Research that points towards successful outcomes for clients in therapy very strongly suggests that the relationship between you and your therapist is often key to successful outcomes.

Sometimes therapy might be an extremely powerful experience, and at these times it is important to remember that, on occasions, feelings can feel very scary, and at these times you need to be able to feel safe and confident in your therapist. If you don’t please tell them, and if you don’t feel heard or understood, maybe they are not the therapist for you.

I sometimes hear people say that therapy didn’t work for them. I sometimes wonder when I hear this that maybe it was the type of therapy and/or therapist that didn’t work for them, not Therapy.  It’s a bit like food; the cook and type of food can make a big difference to how satisfied you might feel with your meal.  A good therapist should be able to explain clearly what they feel they can offer you, how they work and should be open to hearing from you what you are looking for You may need to talk to a few therapist before choosing one.

Between session, some therapist might suggest you do some “homework” (if appropriate). This can often help you reflect on sessions and get more out of your therapy. Sometimes clients tell me that after therapy they feel tired, and find it beneficial to schedule a treat or relaxation in order to either reflect on what they had done in the session or, if appropriate, to draw a line under the session and “get on with their day”. Experiment and find out what works for you.

One last thing I would like to pass on, is that much of the current research points to successful therapy being largely influenced by a client’s belief, hope and trust that therapy will help them. This can be challenging because at the time of seeking therapy clients might be struggling with hope generally. So, if you are able to be willing and be open to the hope that therapy might offer you,  you may well rediscover your own hope, and that, in itself, can be a gift.

I hope what I have conveyed in this brief article is that therapy is for you. It’s an investment you make in you, and as such it should be as you need it to be. The relationship you have with your therapist is key; you need to feel safe and be able to ask for what you want from the sessions.

Andrew Harvey, Counsellor and Therapist

Introduction Video To A Counselling Service In Nottingham

A video Introduction to A Counselling Service In Nottingham 

Recorded (2014) By Andrew Harvey Counsellor and Therapist, Counselling Services Nottingham

Counselling Services Nottingham (CSN) was established by Andrew Harvey in 2014. With professional comfortable offices and counselling rooms in West Bridgford, Nottingham the service provides to support to adults and young people struggling with mental health or emotional difficulties seeking a private counselling in Nottingham or the surrounding area.

In this video Andrew talks a little about what clients can expect when coming or counselling and how they might move forward with therapy.  Coming along to therapy can be a daunting prospect which is why he offers a free initial telephone consultation where you can ask any questions you might have, many clients find this helpful.

Andrew has worked for leading supplier of behavioural health services The Priory Group, he has worked in NHS services and provides consultancy and training to other counsellors and services.

The service added an Online Counselling and Online Therapy element to the face 2 face services in 2016 and now works with clients worldwide.

The services Counselling Services Nottingham provide include consultation, training, employee assistance services alongside its core service of therapy and counselling for individuals.

Some of the reasons clients use our services;

  • Nottingham based
  • No GP referral required
  • Free initial telephone consolation
  • Convenient access to counselling
  • Professional, experienced counsellor

A specialist side of the company was added in 2015 to work with individuals and services offering addictions counselling and consultancy, offering specialist addiction counselling support. Details can be found here.

 counselling services nottingham

 

Therapy in Nottingham using Counselling Services Nottingham’s Referral Process

Accessing Self Referral Therapy 

To access self referral therapy in Nottingham or online is a simple process.

We accept Self referral, referrals from Employee Assistance Programs, Doctors and other professionals.

Andrew Harvey, counsellor, is a registered and approved provider for many of the UK’s leading private medical insurers, including , Vitality Health, Aviva, AXA PPP and Aetna Global Benefits. Before commencing counselling funded by health insurance you should check with your provider.

As the first point of contact, we ask that you email or call. We are sometimes able to offer urgent appointments.  The important thing is that if you yourself are looking for or considering counselling,  you don’t need a Doctor or anyone else to refer you to access our private and confidential counselling service, all you need to do is to make contact. We offer prompt access to counselling and therapy, where possible at a time to suit you. You can choose between face 2 face, telephone or SKYPE.

If you are looking for self referral therapy in Nottingham and we are unable to help as a matter of policy, Counselling Services Nottingham will refer where possible to other organizations and individuals when appropriate. It should be noted that a referral is not the same as a recommendation and/or endorsement of any service or individual; at all times clients should examine their options and make their own informed decisions.

As an organization, we keep a database of relevant contacts and will always seek to offer assistance where we can. We may be willing to write referral letters and make formal introductions/referrals when requested. A charge may be payable for doing this (this will be agreed before any work undertaken).

self referral therapy

Depression Tops List of Reasons for seeking therapy (March 2014)

epression Tops List of Reasons for seeking therapy (March 2014)

Depression continues to be one of the main reasons that clients seek therapy.  I have listed below some of the main words that regularly appear at the top of searched terms on counselling directories and therapist listing sites.

I have taken a few out, as they are issues or subjects that I don’t tend to work with, for example, I don’t do Couples Counselling, so have taken that out of the list. So here are the top 22 issues that others seek counselling and therapy for , all of which I work with ….and … if its not on the list I may still be able to help, so please do make contact this list is the top 22 and people come to counselling for hundreds of different reasons, in fact sometimes people don’t know why they come, they don’t know what’s wrong, they just feel that something is. I am aware that not everyone likes to label how they feel, for example, not everyone likes the term depression, and I understand both perspectives on the use of labels like depression.

depression

relationship issues

anxiety

generalised anxiety 

bipolar disorder/manic depression

seasonal affective disorder (sad)

postnatal depression

family issues

affairs and betrayals

panic disorder

separation and divorce

addiction(s)

phobias

cross cultural relationships

abuse

anger management

sexual issues

bereavement

low self-esteem

personality disorders

alcoholism

eating disorders

 

Counselling can help with these and other struggles that people have, for details or to make an appointment please to get in touch. 

Depression Counselling