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THERAPY / COUNSELLING who/where to go to?

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SammyK Fri 14-Aug-09 09:31:06

I feel I need to work through my childhhod issues but don't know how to go about it. DO I go to my GP and ask for a specific professional? Can't really afford to pay anybody, so probably will have to be NHS.

Has anyone here been through this process? Who did you see and did it / is it helping?

FlamingoBingo Fri 14-Aug-09 09:34:05

My parents and PIL paid for me to see a psychodynamic therapist and it was hugely helpful. I've stopped for a while now, but may go back to it because, although I'm no longer depressed, I know there is more work to be done.

You may have a very long wait on the NHS, and they may not refer you if you're not actually suffering from depression.

Can you really not afford to pay someone (most will reduce fees for people who are really struggling) or do you need to re-adjust your priorities for a few months so you can fit it in financially?

Looking back, I think that we could have afforded it if we had refused to do some other things and it most definitely would have been worth it. My life is completely different now.

LaurieFairyCake Fri 14-Aug-09 09:39:14

You will probably only get 6 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy on the NHS. This is usually to work through specific issues that are affecting your life, not really for longer term work or childhood issues.

There may be a charity in your area that will do longer term work. Check out women's centres/crisis centres. The ones in our area do up to 2 years with a trainee counsellor for free.

Good luck smile

SammyK Fri 14-Aug-09 09:44:11

Ah, should have known there would be limits.

I am not working at the moment, at home with DS who has aspergers, and on a very basic budget. Will look into womnen's groups and charities locally thanks for the suggestion LFC.

Glad to hear you found it all helpful FB.

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