The amount of people spending lots of money on so-called ‘therapies’ that don’t work, but claim to treat Mental Health Problems, is staggering.
I get about 5 new inquiries a day. 4 out of these 5 potential clients will have tried a list of therapies that claimed to help, but didn’t. People are understandably disappointed and worried about paying yet another therapist for something that may not work.
But the truth is, if you suffer from Mental Health issues such as Anxiety or Depression, YOU alone are responsible for finding appropriate therapist. If you choose to pay someone who isn’t qualified in treating Mental Health Conditions, but is great at selling whatever therapy he/she is doing, you are responsible for going ahead without doing diligent homework on that therapy.
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THIS IS WHAT I NORMALLY HEAR:
‘I’ve tried everything and nothing helped. I’ve had HYPNOSIS (provides temporary, if any, relief), COACHING (I’m also a qualified Coach and I can tell you right now Coaching methods DON’T treat Mental Health Issues), ARM TAPPING (what?) and any other therapy that costs a lot of money and claims a ‘QUICK FIX’.
Let’s take a look at how many people do their homework on their condition before choosing a therapist:
THERE IS NO DATA ON THIS, MEANING THERE ARE NO SEARCHES. HOW SHOCKING IS THAT? ARE YOU REALLY RELYING ON HOW WELL SOMEONE CAN SELL THEIR ‘THERAPY’ TO YOU?
Now let’s take a look at what people ACTUALLY search as a treatment for Anxiety:
‘Life Coach For Anxiety’ and ‘Anxiety Life Coach’ are 2 most popular searches. Life Coach will NOT help you with Mental Health Issues- FACT.
HYPNOTHERAPY for Mental Health Problems dominates Google.People are drawn to a ‘Quick Fix’ promise. Hypnotherapy serves as a temporary, if any, relief- it DOES NOT treat Mental Health Problems.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR YOU:
Be clear on what your issues are. If they are related to Mental Health (Stress, Anxiety & Depression), ALWAYS visit your GP first and talk about your issues. Don’t get on Google and look for a ‘quick fix’.
Your GP will normally recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mental Health issues (NEVER COACHING OR HYPNOTHERAPY), and suggest NHS Funded, local IAPT (Talking Therapy- CBT Therapy) service. If the waiting list is long (in some areas there is a year-long wait), you will have the option to find a private CBT Therapist (Psychotherapist);
In some cases, COUNSELLING may also be recommended by the GP. You will, again, have the option to join NHS waiting list or go private, in which case it is again YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find a qualified, accredited counselor;
If you are looking for a private, accredited and trusted therapist or a counselor, look at DIRECTORIES THAT CAREFULLY CHECK THE THERAPISTS OUT, such as Psychology Today. View my own ‘Psychology Today’ Profile.
If your issues aren’t related to Mental Health Problems, then choose a therapist/ Coach you will feel comfortable with. Coaching is great for PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (in my private practices, I use elements of Coaching with my CBT clients as and when appropriate- for example, if we are working on low self-esteem due to Anxiety or Depression, we will include tools such as Communication Methods, Assertiveness and so on). Again, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to select a Coach who’s appropriately qualified (some have only taken 2-day courses and some have no formal training or education- they simply tell you what to do which ISN’T COACHING). View my own Coaching Website at https://icoachingzone.com/.