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Where To Start?

We know that it can be daunting to reach out and seek help. When you are unsure of where to start or who you can turn to it can feel really overwhelming. That is why we have made the process as easy as possible with the options you see below, a toolbox if you like, so you can pick up the right tool, gain the right information and from there move forwards to the next step.

Here is our toolbox:

I Need Immediate Help Right Now

If you are worried that you need immediate help because you might hurt yourself or someone else, then it is important to know that you are not alone. There are many organisations that are available to support you to help you get through this.

Here are some options. Even though it may feel like you don't have any options you do:

Dial 999

If you feel like you are in immediate danger of taking you own life then dial 999 or go to you local A&E (Accident & Emergency) Department. You will be seen by medical staff who are trained to help you.

Speak to your GP

You can call your doctors surgery and speak to your GP about how you are feeling.

Talk to someone trained to listen

The Samaritans can be called for free on 116 123 and you can talk to someone who is trained to listen (they are available 24/7). It is anonymous so the person you are speaking to doesn't know who you are; they don't judge you or tell any of your friends or family about how you feel. They are there just to listen to what you have to say at anytime. You can email them, write a letter or even send an sms text message if you would prefer not to talk to someone on the phone.

I'm at the beginning of my journey and am not ready to contact a counsellor yet

What's worrying you?

By being here now and reading this, you are taking the first step and a positive leap in the right direction. Being here is the first step towards change and also acknowledging that you are ready to seek help. If you are not ready yet, then that's fine. You need to be kind to yourself and know that we are here, anytime you decide that you are.

There is a lot of conflicting information online, and it is important to us that you have the right information. Here at ba|psychotherapy, we ensure we provide accurate, up-to-date information.

There are many common reasons people have for seeking counselling. It can be a massive relief to know that what you are going through is a shared human experience with many others having experienced similarly. No experience is the same, but knowing you are not alone is important. As your counsellor, it is useful for us to know what it is that you would like counselling for so that we can be sure to start in the right direction.

If you're not sure one-to-one counselling is right for you, you can still seek support with us. We have a list of support groups, workshops & talks available, that cover a broad range of subject areas; including, but not limited to the topics in which we specialise as listed in the help with link in the main menu or in the help with section at the bottom of the website.

Did you know, one in four people will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime, though only 230 of every 300 people who need help will talk to their GP & seek help.
In 1990 there were around 416 million people who suffered from anxiety or depression worldwide. These number have risen to 615 million people in 2013(Reported by the W.H.O. 2016).

Trust yourself, and if you feel overwhelmed, you may need a break to help you to absorb & take in the information that you have read. The information offered may also bring a sense of relief while being read. You may also find that you would like to contact us so that you can continue your journey.

I'm ready to contact a counsellor, but would like to learn more about the process

From time to time there are moments in our lives where we all need help. We can commonly get this, from a spouse, a partner or other friend or family member. There are cases though, where it is important to talk to someone who is a professional - Somone that has been trained & are accredited to help, like a counsellor or a psychotherapist.

Through our intensive work in the specialist area of disordered eating, weight and obesity issues, we work therapeutically with a broad range of issues experienced by these clients. Often clients suffer from many different issues; weight difficulties can be a symptom of other issues that need care and attention. These problems are often a culmination of a client's various life encounters. Depression, low-self esteem, stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship difficulties and bereavement are some of the troubles that contribute to a difficult sense of relating to food and the body. Discovering how to work with these problems can bring life change, developing your individual growth and relationships. We offer both long term and short term work and include the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in our integrative psychotherapy.

We offer our clients Integrative Psychotherapies; this means that my approach to work combines therapies to fit with your particular problems. Consideration is given to your personal choices and experience. This is aimed at enhancing your sense of self-awareness as we work together.

Another successful area of our work is Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. Our clients can benefit from working through their concerns with the use of different art mediums. This specialist area is recommended in the NHS NICE guidelines for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Through the art medium, a client is helped to explore and articulate their thoughts and feelings. The 'making of' or process of making art can help a client to find new ways of viewing their problems. It provides a helpful third dimension which can expand the communication between client and therapist. The mediums we use are usual art materials like crayons, paint, collage and clay, sand-play, body gesture and sensation, poetry and the written word. It is not necessary to have any skills in art to benefit from the therapy.

Working together: What to expect in your first session

An initial assessment session would be our first step to our possible work together. We would meet to assess your needs and explore your hopes and desires of therapy. If we find we are comfortable working together, we can then meet again to decide how we can safely achieve theses things. Being suited to each other is important, and it is perfectly acceptable to investigate various therapists before you get fully started.

We respect individuals' spirituality and can work with issues of spiritual enquiry. We also work with cultural difference and diversity.

If you have any questions at all regarding this part of your journey, then please do feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

I'm worried about someone else

If you are worried that someone you know is going through something difficult, it can be hard to know what to say. There are some things that you can do to help though. From asking the simple question of "how are you doing at the moment?" to emailing that person with some information or a link to some information that we have provided you with.

It can often be difficult to know what information to provide someone. Especially when there is so much information on the internet these days. Some of it is good and some of it is just bad news, and we would rather be sure that you had current, accurate information that will reflect the years of research that is carried out, but also be up to date.

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