Mental health disorders manifest in various ways, affecting the persons state of mind. They can alter an individual’s mood, thought processes, and behaviour. Experiencing mental health disorders can significantly impact overall well-being, and it is often advised by a GP that the client seeks some kind of help in the way of consulting a qualified and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist or even, in certain cases, a hypnotherapist. Seeking guidance from a certified psychotherapist ensures you receive expert support.
Psychotherapists are trained to deal with various mental health disorders, often providing clarity on the root cause of these conditions, by exploring whatever has occurred in childhood and the younger years to give clues as to why the mental health disorder may exist now, in adulthood.
According to the NHS website, psychotherapy and counselling can help with:
Often hypnotherapists can also work in these areas, as hypnotherapists are often also trained in psychotherapy.
A safe and confidential space to talk is paramount when seeking help from any therapist. All talking therapists understand the importance of creating supportive, safe spaces for their clients and maintain confidentiality so that the client can talk freely without risk of the information going any further, unless the client authorises this. Psychotherapists work collaboratively with patients, providing tailored support.
Seeking mental health help is not just about receiving the right therapy; it’s also about learning self-management techniques to maintain well-being after therapy ends. Psychotherapists guide clients on how to implement certain helpful mechanisms and maintain positive mental health practices.
For a lot of people, seeking free mental health services can be a long process, so they may opt to pay to see someone privately. In this instance they should look for a therapist who is registered to a Professional Association, such as the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, or the National Register of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Associations check the credentials of a therapist before they are allowed to join. This means that the therapist has been properly trained, is insured to work and keeps up to date with their continued professional development in the way of regular annual training.
If you are thinking of seeking help from a private practitioner, then have a look at their online presence, they often list their websites for example on an Associations directory, or have a Facebook or LinkedIn page. Do your research and find a therapist that feels comfortable for you.
Emma Evans – Director APHP
Kent Therapy Clinic