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If in Crisis...

My counselling and psychotherapy service is not suitable for crisis intervention. If you are in acute distress and/or feeling suicidal, it would be more appropriate to access one of the following services in the short term.  It's still okay to reach out and try and get some therapy in place, but this does not substitute crisis management:




Please also make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. 


Other Recommended Private Therapists


Local practitioners:

Matt Ridley Reg MBACP (Exeter)

Tina Welch  Reg MBACP (Exeter and Honiton)

Jane Barclay AHPP, Reg MBACP, UKCP Reg. (Exeter)

Mike Rowe Reg MBACP (Exeter and Totnes)

Online therapy:

Duncan E. Stafford Reg MBACP (Accred) (Cambridge, Bristol and Online)



Other Local Services 

NHS Depression and Anxiety Service - You can self-refer to this free service. This is not counselling or psychotherapy but you will typically be offered a talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy delivered by a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. They also offer courses.

The Iron Mill Counselling Service - low cost (£20/hr) therapy delivered by final year counselling/psychotherapy students who all have professional membership of the BACP or UKCP. The Iron Mill College is a highly reputable training organisation.


This is the only local service I can recommend. 



Articles


Here you can find links to some of my blog archive, which I've divided into categories:


General topics


What to expect in your therapy session

Top 5 Lifestyle Tips - Things to help the counselling  process

Counselling and coaching for weight loss (May 2018)

Counselling for divorce and separation


Depression as a Tool for Change

Perspective on Panic Attacks

Article on working with trauma published by Counsellors Cafe (March 2017)

Therapists and holidays (September 2017)

Seasonal Affective Disorder - Time to Stop Being SAD


Video Game Addiction

Online Relationships


'Counselling' a rescue dog

Martial Arts and Psychotherapy


Mindfulness and Martial Arts

Personality Testing Tool - Myers-Briggs

Working with Ex-Boarders

Learn more about transphobia

Short piece on gay conversion therapy

Challenging prejudices around sex work

A pluralistic approach to therapy

Meeting my professional hero - Irvin D Yalom



Book reviews


Top 6 Books for Personal Development


Why Love Matters by Sue Gerdhardt


The Body Never Lies - The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting, by Alice Miller


Does Therapy Work by Jane Barclay


Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin D Yalom


The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert


Sex in the Forbidden Zone by Peter Rutter


Snippets from Staring at the Sun by Irvin D Yalom



Counselling Techniques

My struggles with a pure CBT approach


REBT versus CBT


Is Art Therapy?

Sandtray Therapy


Three short posts on anger management




Regulation issues

Revisiting the Accreditation Confusion - Sept 2016

The ongoing battle of protecting clients from struck off therapists - August 2016

Unsafe Spaces - Why we need regulation (May 2016)



Who is publicising the accredited registers? - PSA response (July 2015)

Guest Blogger Patrick Killeen - Accredited Registers vs Protected Titles (July 2015)


If I had the power to regulate counselling (April 2015)

A new name for the PSA's registers for counselling and psychotherapy (February 2015)

Regulation - a client and therapist friendly way forward? (November 2014)


The problems with a voluntary regulatory scheme (Sept 2014)


Spreading the word on AVRs - the Professional Standards Authority responds (Sept 2014)

The Regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy - What the Public Want (June 2013)


For trainee therapists


Letter to Iron Mill trainee counsellors


Counselling Training and Judgmentalism - Guest post by Karen Pollock


Addictions


Working with Gambling


SMART Recovery - an alternative to the 12-step programme for addiction recovery


Devon Drugs and Alcohol Team Recovery Day, 2012


Workshop/training experiences


Pluralistic therapy with Mick Cooper


Working at Relational Depth with Professor Mick Cooper


Nonviolent Communication


Living With Heart by Gill Wyatt


Working with Gamblers - GamCare Training


Working with Self-Destructiveness


Working with Boarding School Survivors


Amanda Williamson Counselling Service in Exeter, Devon. BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor.


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but in the case of therapists lifting content directly from other therapists' websites I reckon that this is not good for our clients and does not reflect well on either ourselves as practitioners with integrity nor the profession as a whole. We all take inspiration from other professionals but please at least change some of the words and sentences around. I am proud of the content of my website which has been carefully constructed over many years of practice and have been concerned to see some of my site lifted almost word for word on other therapist sites. 



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an inspirational and informative website. Thank you.
Wayne (soon to qualify Counsellor)

Amanda Williamson said...

Thank you Wayne. Good luck with your continued journey.
Amanda

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