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So having yet another bad episode of depression/anxiety compounded with bereavement. I'm done with Nhs services and wonder if anyone has any help privately they found helpful? Tia
 
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Not had much experience with it.

But it costs a bomb.

Good luck to you. Hope things improve for you.
 
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Thank you.

Yes it costs a fortune, but if I could find something that can help then maybe it would be worth it (I think reason - I'm not a millionaire!) but I wonder if private can offer anything more than Nhs?
 
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Thank you.

Yes it costs a fortune, but if I could find something that can help then maybe it would be worth it (I think reason - I'm not a millionaire!) but I wonder if private can offer anything more than Nhs?
What about some charities? I was recommended for a bevernment service after I lost my mum.

If this is something you might want to consider, just google what's available in your borough?
 
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I was on my local Mind website last night. They offer CBT. It costs £45 a session, £65 for more specialised CBT. You could check out your local office to see what services they offer.
 
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Hi. I have been in nhs/private/and nhs again. My private therapist was lovely... however they put me on Meds and the Meds caused a psychosis and I ended up back in nhs care... where the support I received was shit. :(
 
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For psychotherapy it might be worth it, NHS psychotherapy services have notoriously long waiting lists, 2 years on average. So even if it costs you like £10k to go private, it might be worth it in the end.
 
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...£10k to go private...
The standard Bupa rate for a specialist CBT therapist (not a counsellor or psychologist) is £75 a session (or was the last time I looked). Anxiety, depression and bereavement could be expected to be treatable in ten sessions or less, which comes to £750 max. If there's a more complex underlying problem then maybe double that. For a very serious illness requiring medication that a GP can't provide, then add a psychiatric assessment at around £300.

Bupa makes its therapist database available to the public at: Bupa: Consultant and Facilities Finder
 
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You are greatly underestimating the length of treatment, in my opinion. 10 sessions is a taster course, a year of weekly sessions is quite likely and it could easily be two. At £3,750 a year I don't think I was very far out.
 
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You are greatly underestimating the length of treatment, in my opinion...
Being involved in the day-to-day administration of a private psychotherapy practice, I have personal knowledge of how long CBT treatment for things like depression, anxiety and bereavement typically takes.

It's easy enough for anyone thinking of private therapy to simply phone or e-mail a therapist and discuss how many sessions might be needed.

Treatment times of a year or more are typical of some old-fashioned forms of therapy, but those long, expensive forms of therapy would not be a good choice for anyone affected by depression, anxiety and bereavement who simply wants to get well.
 
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The effectiveness of short-term CBT treatments is greatly overstated. You might as well take up running and start doing mindfulness meditation - proven effective in over 50% of all mild to moderate depression cases according to a recent study, and with many side-benefits - and save yourself the cost altogether.
 
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