Looking for a therapist in London.
March 1, 2012 4:06 AM Subscribe
UK therapy filter. Unhappy, looking for someone to talk to in London. Details within.
posted by fight or flight to health & fitness (6 answers total)
The last few years have not been great to me. I've been dealing with my parents' divorce, a number of significant life changes, family illness and, recently, the second of two tough breakups (see question history).
I feel like I've been coping pretty well so far, but I'm aware that there's a lot of stuff bubbling away under the surface which isn't going away. This week has been particularly awful, with a reaccurance of some intense physical stress responses which are making day-to-day life increasingly more difficult. I've seen therapy lauded over and over on the green and I feel like this would be a good time to explore it.
-- I'm in my early 20's, female. I am registered with a GP but haven't spoken to them about this.
-- I'm in full-time work, but on a very tight budget. I can't really afford to let go more than £100 a month.
-- I live more-or-less in central London with very good transport connections, so getting to an office elsewhere won't be a problem.
-- As I said above, there's no one "issue", just a big waxy ball of stress and difficulty. I understand that therapy =/= a cure and I'd have to do significant work to help myself, but the thought of being able to talk to someone about everything and get some constructive advice is really comforting.
So, with that in mind, my questions:
-- Is this sort of help available on the NHS? I'm worried that I might be passed on to someone who would rather give me medication and send me on my way. If you have used this route, how did it go? Would I be better off looking for somewhere private? If so, where?
-- Is it a good idea to seek therapy for dealing with an undefineable morass of bad experiences rather than a particular mental illness? What sort of therapy should I ask for (CBT, counselling)?
-- Do I even need therapy, or can I help myself?