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lizyorange

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Is it possible to get therapy for my depression and eating disorder without having to go to the GP? I could afford to pay at this moment but I don't know what choices I have in the UK since I just moved here 3 months ago and I really need to get some support since I'm alone on this.
 
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I was given this number by my family support worker - it's for self referral to counselling
0303 123 4000

Hope this helps x
 
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But I do live in London, is it still ok?
 
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You can find a private therapist easily in the UK (to avoid going to a gp). A quick google search of 'therapy for x in y (area)' would come up with a whole bunch of options.

BUT I would recommend using a website such as this one BACP - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy to find a therapist - the BACP is the regulatory body for therapists in the UK, so anyone that's a member has to abide by certain ethical guidelines and be properly qualified.
Anyone can call themselves a therapist or counsellor and see clients without having any decent qualifications etc, so it's always best to go via a registered body such as this to find someone.

there's also these guys BABCP | British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies

And there are probably local ones as well - in the West Mids there's the Institute of Psychotherapists, but it's a local body.

I would also suggest doing a bit of research to find out what sort of therapy you'd like and what you think would work for you. There are a LOT of approaches out there - CBT / DBT / CAT/ Interpersonal / counselling / psychoanalytic / etc etc and some work for some people and some suit others.
If you're willing (and able) to pay, you're going to have a LOT more choice than going through the NHS.

Some other professional bodies:
British Psychoanalytic Council
UKCP - Home
UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners: providing therapy and counselling
 
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I would think there are lots of good and bad private therapy services, beware of charlatans who just want your money. I would look into this and find services you can trust and what will suit your needs here.

good luck in finding the right person for you and at least if you can afford private you won't get stuck with someone on the NHS who you can't relate too.
 
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When I was looking for CBT to help me with my phobias I used the BACP online site that Pepecat recommends and that helped me find several private therapists locally. One therapist told me (through a couple of emails and then a phone call) exactly what she could offer, how long the treatment might take and how much it would cost (it was £50 for each 45 minute session but that is a few years ago) and the only reason I didn't take the offer up was because on reflection I decided my problem (which was specifically fear of flying and I was considering travelling abroad) wasn't that bothersome to warrant spending that much money.

I just wanted to endorse what Pepecat recommends; it can't hurt to do the research and exchange a few emails/phone calls to help you make up your mind whether it's worth pursuing.
 
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I think you've already been given some really good advice here.
There's nothing really I want to add except wishing you luck in finding the right therapist for you.
 
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Thank you so much for all this information, I already checked some cbt therapists in my area and planning to call some next week. Some are 30 40 pounds per session wich is good for now ( it wasn't for a long time)
 
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Try the counselling directory. They will have details of counsellors in your area
 
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Hi. I was about to make a similar post but came across this one.

You said: "I would also suggest doing a bit of research to find out what sort of therapy you'd like and what you think would work for you." I've been trying to for weeks and honestly, I feel like I'm in a labyrinth.

Here's the post I was about to make:

My problems are mixed. I cannot control my mouth and either offend or say/do the daftest things. Unfortunately, I usually have no clue what I said wrong but over time, I have lost all my friends (am now a pariah) and now suffer depression and confidence issues. I have sleep problems and sometimes find it hard to concentrate on anything (I am consumed by being a pariah and a Loser – it’s all I ever think about these days) and increasingly but vaguely wonder about ending it all. By way of information, my parents divorced when I was two and have been in a bitter struggle involving me all my life (nearly 40). They have both always mentally abused me. I imagine I will need a therapist of some sort. I reckon I could also do with a life coach. Is there a combination of the two? I live outside the UK now, but I would only feel comfortable coming back (into London) to seek help. I need advice regarding what kind of help I could get. Is there a specialist (I can pay private – I would sell all my belongings at this stage, for mental peace) that can offer initial assessment and then tell me where to go from there i.e. what kind of help I need, what my options are etc? I know there are online directories that can help but I get confused. How do I find a specialist that will just advise and push me in the right direction? Through a directory, no doubt? :)(Yes, I can still smile occasionally!!)
 
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It depends on what you think you want really........ (which isn't all that helpful, but I'll try and explain :))

Different types of therapy use different approaches to look at different aspects of issues.
So for example, I knew I wanted to understand WHY I work the way I do, and where all this stuff going on in my head had come from, so a longer-term, more in depth 'lets look at your childhood' type therapy was going to suit me better, and fortunately, that's what I got through the NHS.
I knew I didn't want CBT as (to me) it doesn't go deep enough or give enough of an understanding of what's going on.

That's why I say it kinda depends on what you want - various therapies will offer various ways of approaching and dealing with issues; it's kinda for you to decide what you're after and what could help.

As for the life coach stuff - I"m sure there are people out there who do therapy / life coaching type stuff, but I don't know if there's any regulatory body for them, so you could get any old joe soap setting themselves up as a life coach with no qualifications or ethical guidelines.

You could probably go and see a psychiatrist / psychologist privately if you wanted an initial assessment / diagnosis, but some private psychs charge a PILE of money (up to £300 quid an hour). A site like this Clinical Partners: About Us | Private Mental Health Services UK
can give you more info.
(they have people associated with the Tavistock and Maudesley hosptials - both NHS - so seem to be fairly ok)
 
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Thanks a million. Very helpful indeed. Appreciate it.
 
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if your tthinking about coming to britain what are you going to live on? if your thinking of using the british welfare system and affording therapy i'd think again, it's means tested largely and you won't get it if you've money for therapy
 
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Wow, really? this answer is just offensive, maybe wasn't your intention. This was just a question coming after years of desperation and not knowing what to do after leaving another country with the same mental health condition. I'm not trying to show off my money cause it's actually my first job and salary after being locked at home for 2 years trying to get some "courage" to kill myself. I'm so thirsty for life now but have no idea when will that change so I'm trying to spend my money wisely. I don't go out, eat outside , expensive clothes... so why not use my money for something I actually need?
 
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Hi lizyorange, one site I have found good is counselling-directory.org.uk. It lists counsellors and psychotherapists in an area you choose, they write a bit about themselves and their approach, there is usually a list of the types of therapy they use so you can research what might suit you best, and they sometimes list the types of condition they specialise in helping. You can email or phone them to discuss whether they might be suitable.

Good luck, Sarah
 
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