OCD UK A charity run by people who have lived experience of the condition. One of the largest and best sources of information on OCD online. It has a free downloadable informative booklet that is helpful to those who experience OCD and those wanting to support them, available here Download PDF OCD UK information booklet OCD UK Website
Intrusive Thoughts. Org (and more) A USA based site that explores OCD with quality information including Intrusive Thoughts and Body Dysmorphic Disorder related content. The site is rich in information and video and has a “community” ethos. One of the better sites in terms of information, the site itself and the breadth and depth of meaningful content. Intrusivethoughts.org Website
Mind A UK based charity, MIND has a wealth of information on their website. The site offers an overview of many key topics with links to more detailed information and specialist support and websites. The Guides on MIND’S website can be downloaded as PDF’s for printing or sharing with others.
Royal College of Psychiatrists OCD from a psychiatric perspective with a focus on medication alongside other information. The site appears to only offer a brief overview and draws heavily from “Evidenced-based treatments”. For a brief overview of the condition, this site could be helpful for some. Royal College of Psychiatrists – On OCD
Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT
by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis, published by Vermilion. Self Help CBT guide that some clients find helpful. This book is sometimes available from Library. ISBN: 9780091939694 Format: Paperback Publication date: 1 September 2011 304 pages. Other formats: Ebook (9781446491843)
Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD By Christine Purdon, Published by New Harbringer Publications. The book has a focus on helping the reader understand the true nature of distressing thoughts and disconnect from the distress and power the thoughts sometimes have. Useful exercises and self-care strategies. A useful and meaningful book. ISBN-139781572243811 Publication date1 Jan 2005 Pages160.
if you are looking for counselling or therapy in relation to struggling with OCD please do make contact.
Using SKYPE or other related online counselling platforms.
Ten Tips to get the best from online counselling.
When having your online counselling session close other internet using programs, you may not be using them, but they will be using some of your available internet resources, this can cause the connection to be problematic. For example, browsers, other online communication tools and cloud backup can slow your system down. Other devices connected to your internet will also slow things down.
Get the lighting right! You need to be seen and by having good lighting this can make all the difference.
Interruptions … Put the do not disturb sign on the door, put your mobile out of reach and on silent, switch off anything that alerts you to messages on your screen… this is your time, you need to remove the possibility of distraction… including the cat!
What’s the picture like, you should be at least head and shoulders in the picture, and siting comfortably, think passport photo.
It’s often a good idea to wear headphones, it reduces echo and enables an extra level of confidentiality for you. Having the headphones on, I feel, can really bring you into the session.
Can you be overheard, because if you can, or even wonder if you can be, that won’t work. you need to know that your session is confidential.
Have a backup! If all else fails (technically) you and your therapist should have a plan. the one I have with clients is I will call them on their landline or mobile.
Research and know the level of confidentiality offered by the technology you are using, and make sure you are happy with it. Google will help you find this information and the technology provider’s privacy statement.
When people come to face 2 face therapy they often have a bit of time to process the session, this can be the journey home or to work, when they do their session online at home or work, they often go straight back into their day. Try and have a bit of a break between your session and being pulled back into your day.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your online counselling, including the medium you are using, talk with your therapist, share your concerns.
Andrew Harvey offers online counselling and therapy worldwide.
Update : (28/2/18) – Counselling Services Nottingham now work online with additional online platforms alongside SKYPE, this offer increased reliability and we have found them to be preferred by many of our clients, we are still happy to use SKYPE when clients prefer.
SKYPE Counselling UK.
At Counselling Services Nottingham we are finding SKYPE Counselling is an option that more and more clients are making use of, either as the only source of our work together or in combination with face 2 face sessions. It offers convenience and a more economical option than face 2 face work.
See our SKYPE Page for details and an interview with therapist Andrew Harvey on the BBC.
SKYPE Counselling UK available Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm , subject to availability. Urgent appointments can sometimes be arranged. Please call for more details 07802 767 462
A guide to therapy using Skype™
SKYPE therapy and Counselling
SKYPE therapy is another way I work with clients via SKYPE offering 50-minute sessions. SKYPE counselling has both opportunities and challenges as outlined below and in my interview with the BBC available to listen to below.
Here is an interview that I did with a colleague on the BBC talking about SKPE therapy and counselling.
A guide to therapy using Skype™
Skype therapy is becoming increasingly popular, it even has its own name now “Skypotherapy”!
By Andrew Harvey, MBACP, Cert Men Hlth Stud (Open).
What is it?
Psychotherapy, counselling and therapy are terms that are often used interchangeably. For this guide I will use the terms in the same way. The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) definition of counselling is:
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing”. BACP www.bacp.co.uk
Traditionally clients have met with a counsellor face to face together in a counselling room. Skype™ counselling moves from counsellor and client being together in a room to being connected via Skype™, counsellor located in their place of work and client wherever works for them, usually at home.
Why people might chose Skype™ counselling over face to face counselling.
It’s often cheaper; many counsellors offer rates £10 or £5 below their face to face rate.
It saves clients time, no travel to and from the counselling location.
If you are away from home from time to time, you don’t have to miss your session, just plug in, log on and connect.
Some people feel more comfortable working with a therapist who is not local to them, no chance of bumping into them at the post office!
Sometimes therapists who work with Skype™ can offer greater flexibility in terms of session times, ideal for people with busy lives and shift workers.
Many counsellors who use Skype™ offer a free brief consultation; this gives clients the chance to connect with 2 or 3 therapists easily to see who they can work with best.
For some leaving home might be difficult, emotional or physical challenges might make it difficult to leave home. If leaving home is difficult part of the Skype™ therapy work might be working towards being able to meet face to face.
Some clients may find it is easier to be open and more comfortable talking over Skype™ as opposed to face to face. Some research has shown that counselling via Skype™ can help people feel less inhibited and more forthright during their sessions.
Greater choice, when you remove the limitation of travel many more possibilities become available to clients.
Challenges / Potential issues AND CAUTION!
Isolation can become an issue for some when dealing with emotional difficulties. Here Skype™ therapy can offer a real opportunity for someone that is finding it difficult to go out. However it is important to maybe discuss with your therapist about your use of Skype™ therapy over face to face counselling.
Confidentiality: ensure you are in a confidential setting for your sessions; you want to feel free to talk and be open.
Technology can, and occasionally will, fail us. Most counsellors will agree with you what to do if you can’t make contact via Skype™ or if the connection fails.
Skype™ is not appropriate for clients who are experiencing profound mental health issues and/or clients who are suicidal. If you or someone you know is in crisis a GP or local hospital will be able to help. Help can be found on my links page here Links .
If at any time you feel uncomfortable working with your counsellor or Skype™ therapy I would encourage you to talk to them; remember you are in charge. You may find that Skype™ therapy is not for you, if that’s the case, and you are able I would encourage you to try face to face work as you may find this more appropriate for you and any challenges you may still be struggling with.
How can I “do” Skype™ counselling?
You will need a Skype™ connection, you can download the Skype™ application for free, and this will guide you how to set up and even shows you how to make a test call. You will need a good connection, sound and picture for Skype™ to work at its best.
First, find a therapist who provides Skype™ therapy who you might like to make contact with; initial contact might be via the phone and/or email. They will guide you from there. A good place to find an insured and qualified therapist is via this website www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk. The author would recommend only working with a member of a reputable counselling organisation, for example, the BACP has members register you can check here www.bacpregister.org.uk.
Most sessions last 50 minutes or an hour, people often work with therapists once a week. You should have a contract, this might include issues relating to confidentiality, payment, how long, how often and when you will make contact with each other.
Declaration of interest: The author of this article is a BACP registered therapist and listed on the It’s Good To Talk Website, he provides SKYPE (and other online applications) and face to face counselling.
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 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;
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.
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).