With long waiting lists for counselling and psychotherapy on the NHS, it is almost impossible to get the right therapeutic and emotional support when you need it.
Although the short term IAPTS support provided by the Depression and Anxiety Service at my GP practice is free, I found that it was inadequate for my psychological needs.
First of all, I was disappointed about not having the opportunity to choose a therapist myself, who was the right fit for me. I didn’t feel any real connection with the therapist I had to see. Something important was missing. It felt clinical, more like a weekly exercise of answering questions from a ready formatted list and ticking boxes to satisfy someone else’s criteria. There was not enough time to form a trusting relationship with the therapist. I was always left feeling like ‘just another statistic’.
I have since learned that working at relational depth with a therapist or counsellor is essential for therapy to be lasting and effective in the long term.
Shortly after, I did my own independent research online and after reading all about the different types of psychological therapies and how they work, I began to appreciate the value of counselling and decided to take a chance on a psychotherapist who had a practice local to me.
And thus began my journey…
Destination SELF DISCOVERY!