How Many Psychotherapists Are There…?
According to the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) there are over 7000 registered psychotherapists practitioners in the UK and with non-registered psychotherapists who might or might not be practising, who know how many there are in total in the UK.
We know from a piece of research we did a year or two ago that there were over 200 pyschotherapists within a mile of Harley Street at the heart of Central London´s famous centre for private medical excellence. And it wouldn’t surprise us to know that anything up to half of the 7000 practising therapists are in the M25 area in and around London.
So with so many therapist counsellors, how do you choose the right therapist for you?
This is a good question especially if you know that you need or want therapy and may not have any idea of the various types of therapy available*. When you are in this situation, you may want help with understanding different approaches. And of course this will depend on the issue or issues about which you are concerned. Given that psychotherapy is talking therapy, maybe the best way is to telephone therapists that you may have seen in searches (or better when you have heard about through word of mouth) and have an initial chat about any issues that you want to touch on. Then make your mind up after that chat. Part of any therapy that follows will depend on your trust in your therapist who should be sypmathetic but objective. Always choose a reputable and qualifed therapist to talk to. UKCP psychotherapists have five years training and over 450 hours of client consultation before they can register.
Harley Street has a world-wide reputation for the quality of it’s medical excellence. Read More about Harley Street.
* Please see our Choosing the right psychotherapy counselling page
Significant Changes in Attitudes Towards Psychotherapy
Attitudes towards psychotherapy and counselling have shifted significantly since 2004, a survey by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) reports. Over these seven years there has been a marked increase in people’s openness to the benefits of seeking psychotherapy for support and of its social acceptability.
It appears that the stigma attached to asking for support and help from a mental health professional is beginning to fade as more and more people pursue help with dealing with their emotional problems. This willingness to talk is reflected in the statistic that one in five people have consulted a psychotherapist or counsellor whilst more than half the population knows someone who has. 82% of those surveyed thought that the world would be a better place if more people were in touch with their emotions, whilst 91% felt that it is now more acceptable to talk about emotional problems than it was in the past.
More encouragingly still, the study reveals that attitudes towards seeking help before a problem gets worse are stronger. 95% of those asked thought that “it is a good idea to seek counselling or psychotherapy for a problem before it gets out of hand”. 88% thought that “people might be happier if they took action to talk to a counsellor or psychotherapist about their problems”, whilst 83% thought it better to talk to someone rather than seek medication.
It is becoming more recognised that mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are more common than previously thought. Therefore it is also encouraging that 94% of those surveyed thought it is now acceptable to engage in psychotherapy as opposed to just 67% in 2004.
This attitude change is also applying to couples and relationship psychotherapy and counselling where the percentage of couples seeking such help has risen from 52% in 2004 to 85% now.
84% of those asked said that they would be more likely to ask for help if they could be sure that the therapist was fully trained and a member of a recognised accrediting body. The therapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, based in London on Harley Street, underwent five years of training and partake in continuous ongoing professional development. They have many years experience in both NHS and private settings and are all registered by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists) and members of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Should Post Miscarriage Mothers Talk To A Psychotherapist
Last week, news of Amanda Holden’s late term miscarriage made the headlines. Losing a baby to miscarriage is hard for all women, and at all times during pregnancy, but there is something particularly tragic when a mother loses a fully formed, and otherwise viable, baby.
In our society miscarriage remains a bit of a taboo, it’s not really talked about, which leaves it hard for women to find the space to grieve. Family and friends often don’t know how to respond. Was this a life and therefore a death? Or was it a foetus, with no real identity? For many mothers, a bond is already formed with the unborn child, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. Dreams are created, hopes are formed, and then the baby dies, leaving an agonising void. Mothers are left bereft and yet often struggle to have their pain validated and understood. They are often expected to quickly pick up and move on, to try again.
Feelings after a miscarriage can be truly overwhelming for a mother and, if these feelings are not explored and shared, they could lead to depression. It’s really important that feelings felt by a mother post miscarriage, are explored and not shut down. A woman needs to find the space to grieve, Often a course of psychotherapy or counselling can really help process the overwhelming and difficult feelings a woman goes through post miscarriage. Talking to a therapist in confidence can offer a mother the space and the understanding that she needs. At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in Harley Street, the psychotherapists are highly experienced in dealing with post-natal loss. The therapists are compassionate and work entirely confidentially.
Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Works With Relationship Problems…..
Today, Valentines day, the helpline The Samaritans, will have their busiest day since the 25th of December. It seems that today, the pressure to be in a happy, loving relationship is really felt and can push many to the brink.
Even in relatively solid relationships the cracks can show on a day like today, when expectations aren’t met, when one partner tries that bit harder than the other it can leave us feeling vulnerable, uncertain and insecure.
People who are in relationships that are lacking in love, kindness or intimacy often struggle with symptoms like stress, anger or depression as a result of feeling unloved and insecure within their relationship.
Getting out of an unhealthy relationship, that lacks love, can be very difficult. People become worn down by the misery, often believing that they don’t deserve any better and that they’ll never find a relationship where they will be loved and respected. Self-esteem is eroded, making moving on very difficult.
Psychotherapy and counselling can really help provide the support and understanding needed when a relationship is going wrong. Therapy can help individuals re-build self-esteem and re-think what they want, need and deserve.
At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, on Harley Street, London, the therapists are fully qualified and highly experienced in dealing with relationship break down. The therapists work with individuals and couples, helping them process difficult feelings and understand their behaviour and enable the individual, or couple, to move on, to a more healthy way of relating.
The Government wants to nip mental health issues in the bud; to treat anxious and depressed children and young people before they develop long-term mental health problems. What does a psychotherapist think?
This is a good concept. Early intervention in mental health problems is important and the right kind of intervention can prevent long-term difficulties. It’s not always easy to spot mental health issues in our children though. Symptoms can go un-noticed. A child who withdraws into their bedroom for days on end just wanting to play on the Xbox or Play Station could go ignored and their problems put down to teenage behaviour. It maybe though, that the child is depressed, struggling in relationships perhaps and is withdrawing as a symptom of his or her depression.
A child who over eats, or who under eats, could be thought of as ‘enjoying their food’ or ‘fad dieting’. Prolonged over eating, or under eating, would suggest eating disorder. Badly behaved children, angry or destructive, could be acting out; externalizing painful feelings.
Children need to be listened to: to have a safe space where their feelings and fears and stresses can be expressed. It’s hard sometimes to find the time, in our busy working lives, to really listen to our children or to observe their behaviour. But it’s important that we try.
The Government is recommending CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which, while sometimes effective in the short term, does not actually tackle the underlying causes of the anxiety or depression. If the government are to really halt the increase in mental health problems, among the young, it seems important that a range of psychological therapies are available, tailored to suit the needs of each individual.
At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in Harley Street, the therapists practice a range of effective talking therapies; all designed to tackle the underlying cause of the problems patients present with. The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is currently working with many young people suffering with eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Why choose to see a psychotherapist?
Seeking help from a complete stranger seems to have been something that the British society has frowned upon for a long time. We have been expected to deal with our own problems, or ask family and friends for help. Too much ‘navel gazing’ has often not been considered productive or even healthy in certain circles.
Some people may fear that they would be considered weak, or not to have any friends or a good enough relationship with their family in order to turn to them for help. So making contact with a therapist can feel like flying in the face of all this.
Realising a need for support is a strength, not a weakness and therapy is a completely different relationship to that of family and friends.
Everyone has their own problems and when we need help sometimes it is hard to ask for it from people we are close to. It may be that we do not want to add to their worries. It may mean revealing feelings that we would rather keep hidden, but that need addressing such as anger or resentment or sadness that we feel could harm a relationship. It may mean looking at how we feel about ourselves and we do not want our close family and friends to know these thoughts and feelings, or it may be that we simply do not understand why we feel the way we do and therefore we do not think they will understand, however much they care.
Therefore, seeking the support of an experienced, non judgemental psychotherapist is a way of revealing and looking into all the difficult feelings and thoughts and emotions that may seem unacceptable to those close to us and attempting to make sense of them all.
A good therapist can bear our anger, sadness, bitterness, hurt and resentment and help work through it with you. They will not judge you or accuse you, get angry or upset with you or point a finger at you. They are there to support you and help you through what you are suffering.
These are the kind of therapists you will find at the London based Cavendish Psychotherapy in London.
For a client to come into counselling or psychotherapy can be a very daunting prospect
While opening up difficult feelings and thoughts with a stranger, it maybe important for you to know that the therapist you have chosen is properly qualified and is registered with a governing body.
The Cavendish Psychotherapy psychotherapists/counsellors have all undertaken five years of academic and clinical training and are all registered with the UKCP, The UK Council for Psychotherapists.
To be registered with the UKCP, practitioners are required to have taken a five year training, need a minimum of 450 client hours before being registered to practice, and are insured, supervised and are bound by a professional code of ethics.
Cavendish Psychotherapy professional therapists, based in Harley Street, Central London, provide their clients with a safe, professional and discreet service.
Our Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice therapist-counsellors are fully accredited and registered pychotherapists with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: UKCP