Brighton Therapy Works Blog

Online Rating of Therapists

 It can be a minefield trying to find a good therapist in the private sector, the voluntary sector or the NHS. That’s not to say that there are not very good ones in all these areas, but how do we know? Organisations such as the NHS will be setting their internal standards and will have ways of managing underperforming therapists, so the standards in the NHS are usually pretty reliable. But what about the private sector? I recently found my name on a rating site and had it removed. Does that sound dodgy?

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Staying Well

I have written in a previous blog about relapse prevention plans. Once a person is feeling better, no longer unduly anxious or clinically depressed, it is important to look at ways of keeping well. This can include how to respond if the anxiety re-emerges or the mood dips again, but hopefully we can go further than this and consider what for us constitutes living well. 

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Beautiful Restoration

When we seek help for our psychological distress we may hope the outcome will be a return to our “old” self. This may happen, but some of us may become changed, in a good way.

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Modern communication technologies, how are they changing practice?

Using video conferencing in therapy...

I am sometimes asked to consider using Skype for a therapy session with an individual or a couple, or for consultations. I have thought about this at some length and explored the issue with colleagues. A group of us are embarking on a study to look at the advantages and pitfalls. 

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Happiness will come when it comes

Dorothy Rowe, well known for her books on depression, says 'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it. Philosophers have been saying it for thousands of years. The goal should be an interesting life."

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Mental Health Awareness Week- time for lunch

 Mental Health Awareness weeks starts 12th May 2014. This offers us all an opportunity to reflect on our psychological wellbeing. 

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Some tips for facing our fears

 

The idea of facing our fears has always been with us and has been much written about in ancient and modern scripts. Jim Morrison, of The Doors, said “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” I like this quote as it acknowledges the existential fear of freedom and is in keeping with a CBT approach to facing fears. 

 

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Will my therapist talk to other people about me?

 

We all want to know that when we choose to speak with a therapist about intimate aspects of ourselves this will be treated with confidentiality. But if our therapist is unable to talk about us then how can we be assured that the therapy is going as well as possible?

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Is it always best to face our anxiety?

A strong principle for the practice of CBT is the facing of our fears. There is good reason for this, and avoidances can certainly cause us more trouble in the long run, but is there a place for avoidance too?

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Arachnophobia

If you are alert to the presence of spiders you will know that there are still plenty of them around in the home and garden. And if you are alert to their presence this may be because you love them or because you are afraid of them. If you are afraid of them you are not alone, many of us find spiders’ long legs and their hairs brings up a feeling of disgust and anxiety which then renders us unable to cope, and with the best thing seeming to be to avoid the leggy arachnid. 

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CBT and NICE Guidelines - a good thing?

How helpful are the NICE Guidelines when it comes to psychological therapies?

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Should I Google my therapist?

We search people up online all the time, so should you look up your therapist?

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Why go private?

Paying for psychotherapy from a private practitioner can feel very odd, to both the patient and the therapist, to begin with anyway, for those brought up under the umbrella of the British NHS.

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Classification of mental illness controversy

The American Psychiatric association recently stirred up a storm by publishing the latest version of its classification manual, the DSM-5.

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CBT keywords or a description of psychotherapy?

Using the right keywords for CBT web pages may not be the best way to describe the therapy.

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Is anxiety or depression a weakness?

I am not even going to honour this question with an answer. However, what I will say is that it takes a great deal of courage to admit to ourselves that we are struggling and then also to admit to others that this is the case.

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Top tips for staying well

What better evidence than that of fellow travellers. As I was having an administrative tidy up recently I was looking at some of the notes I have written about clients at the end of therapy. 

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