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Where do local people turn to for counselling or psychotherapy?

We are in a time when mental health is increasingly recognised as one of the most debilitating illnesses that causes immense distress to many people

At a recent meeting the question of how a person would go about locating a counselling therapist was raised? For many individuals it is such huge step to take, firstly to recognise that there is a problem, then to take steps actively seek help. But where should a person begin?

It is estimated that of those individuals who approach their GP, relatively few actually receive counselling. Many people express dismay at having to wait for lengthy periods only to be rationed into a few sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy.

There is generally a waiting list for over six months to see an NHS psychologist. This is unhelpful as the problem is here-and-now. Sussex counselling can provide immediate access to therapeutic intervention, helping people find strategies to reduce their symptoms in the present, not some time in the distant future

 

East Sussex counselling are currently receiving clients from, Hastings, Bexhill, Icklesham, Fairlight, Winchelsea, St Leonards, Robertsbridge, Brede, Guestling.

Please contact to discuss your situation

Domestic violence refuge provision at crisis point, warn charities

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Despite the government’s claims to de-stigmatise mental health and make psychological therapies more accessible to the public, the last decade has seen the systematic axing of funding in the mental health charitable sector. This trend to remove affordable therapy and safe places of refuge are felt across the entire sector of mental health providers.

This harrowing article in the Guardian highlights the effects that cuts have wrought on domestic violence refuge providers READ MORE

Screen addiction: an unforeseen consequence of technology?

Is it just a matter of time until we need to tailor a counselling service specifically for screen addiction?

A lot of time is spent using social media. Users find it highly competitive. There is continuous pressure and judgement on how many followers, or pictures that are posted. For many it has become an obsession to check up and see what other people are doing, rather than actually getting on real life. We have become totally attached to our phones, continually messaging each other and updating our life blogs. If we are away from it we run the danger of being left out.

In 2013, Internet Gaming Disorder was placed in the chief psychiatric guidebook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, as a diagnosis that needs more research before it’s officially accepted. However, it’s important to understand that the wheels of psychiatry turn slowly, e.g., gambling addiction was only recognized as a diagnosis in 2013. In contrast to the U.S. position, China, South Korea, and Japan recognize youth video game/Internet addiction as a diagnosis, consider it a serious public health problem, and China and South Korea have hundreds of treatment centers devoted to the problem. (Huffington Post READ MORE)

“Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional processing, executive attention,decision making, and cognitive control.”  –research authors summarizing neuro-imaging findings in internet and gaming addiction (Lin & Zhou et al, 2012) Psychology Today  READ MORE