How do I find a therapist near me

Hey readers,

If you have read my blog before then you will know that I have suffered from mental health problems for a large portion of my life and have had several different types of therapists in my time.

If you are in need of a therapist to explore ways of managing your mental health issues or just talking to someone where do you look for one?

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Well first of you could ask your GP for a referral for some kind of talking therapy. However, in this day age, it can be a long waiting period depending on the severity of your mental health problems sadly. In the past, I have waited for two years to seek help and during the time my mental health has deteriorated.

There are community mental health nurses who can see you are a regular basis and can deal with a more practical side of things such helping with benefits, accessing services, housing etc. CPNs are primarily there to provide support for people with mental health problems adjust to living life in the community. You will need a referral from your GP to access a CPN. Alternatively, there is a service called IAPTS (improving access to psychological therapies) run by the NHS and they can provide CBT for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Normally you can also self-refer. However, this service is not available everywhere so you will have to check that it is available in your area.

If you can afford seeking private then the world is your oyster quite frankly. One place that you may want to look at this article Betterhelp that is a clear and concise in-depth information on where to go to find a therapist.

When thinking about seeking a therapist you have to understand that there are several different types of therapy and some conditions respond better to the type of therapy that is offered.

So, for instance, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) deals with current issues and doesn’t look at the past or childhood. Its main focus is problems that are present now and working with thoughts and behaviors to change the way you’re responding to the situation, This is great for anxiety, OCD, eating disorders for example. It is about changing one behavior for a positive behavior and it is short term. Normally courses last six to twelve weeks and it is a very practical way of seeing fast results.

However, if you have experienced trauma such as rape, abuse then I think therapy that is more exploring feelings and talking openly to someone in a confidential setting may be more suited because not about changing opening up and allowing them emotions to come to the surface.

Therapists can also be online and you can use Skye which is a modern practical way of communicating and seeking therapy. Depending on what you are looking for this option allows you to have more choice in the variety available rather than just having what is available within the area that you live in.

Also, if you are searching for a therapist in the private sector make sure that they have the right established qualifications to work with people who have mental health conditions. They need to have the right accreditation to work in mental health and giving therapy. Each type of therapy has a set of qualifications that a therapist needs, this is to show that the therapist has had the correct training to carry out the therapy on people.  It is good practice for therapists to be signed up with The British Psychological Society  and this allows you the general public can go to the BPS and ask what qualifications the therapist has and the training that they have undertaken.

Hope you find this information useful.

Thank you for reading.

This is a sponsored post for Betterhelp. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

22 thoughts on “How do I find a therapist near me

  1. It can be a minefield searching for suitable therapy. Ive found this so as my issues are (plentiful) linked to current problems and past traumas.


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  2. This is such a helpful post, I have had my share of ill health also, I have survived a massive stroke which has left me disabled and had a brain tumour removed, I am still here though fighting and much to my husband’s disappointment, still talking!#triamphanttales@_karendenniz

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  3. Very useful. It can be hard to know where to turn to get help. I’m lucky my work offer a support line which in turn finds you what you need, from legal advice, to a shoulder to cry on and includes some very good therapists. I think there are a lot of people who don’t know that kind of thing exists though or who don’t have it in the first place #twinklytuesday

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  4. A really helpful post, I think most people need some sort of therapy at some time in their life, but it’s amazing how many people don’t know where to go. Also, in times of extreme distress and suicidal thoughts you can go to A&E and ask for the RAID team. They promise to get you seen by someone in a very short time. x

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  5. Really helpful post Sam. It can be time-consuming just trying to get an appointment with the GP. It can take weeks to be seen. It’s nice to know that there are other options out there for those that need it.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

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