7 Reliable PTSD Websites For Therapists

It can be hard to remember everything you are told about PTSD, either as a therapist or as a patient.

Here are 7 trusted weblinks you can use as patient resources, and to keep up to date with developments:

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  1. NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/treatment/
  2. MINDhttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/
  3. PTSDUK – http://www.ptsduk.org/treatment-options/where-to-get-help/
  4. ANXIETY UKhttps://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/anxiety-type/ptsd/
  5. RCPSYCHhttps://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsanddisorders/posttraumaticstressdisorder.aspx?theme=mobile
  6. YOUNG MINDShttps://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/ptsd/
  7. COMBAT STRESShttps://www.combatstress.org.uk/what-ptsd

 

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7 Celebs Championing Counselling

Just to remind potential clients of the benefits of therapy for everyone, here is a round-up of celebs championing counselling:

1. Michelle Obama

“Asking for help is always a sign of strength.” ― Michelle Obama

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In an interview with Prevention magazine in 2016, Michelle Obama praised the power of seeking help, especially for veterans with PTSD

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b).

 

2. Brad Pitt

“I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings. And now I have no time left for that.” ― Brad Pitt

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The actor explained to GQ Style that he started going to therapy after his divorce from Angelina Jolie. He advised that you need keep looking until you find the right professional for you.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b)

 

3. Catherine Zeta-Jones

“There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” – Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Zeta-Jones discussed her bipolar disorder diagnosis with People magazine in 2011.

“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” she said. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. ”

(https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/celebs-talk-about-therapy?utm_term=.uha5VnD6Q#.djB2gP10K)

 

4. Katy Perry

“It’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you.” – Katy Perry

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The artist recently live streamed a session with her therapist on YouTube, where she discussed her struggle with suicidal thoughts. She explained to KIIS FM that therapy is an excellent tool for her emotional wellness.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b)

 

5. Halle Berry

” I’ve done therapy all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff” – Halle Berry

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Halle Berry disclosed she has been in therapy on an ‘as-needed’ basis for over 3 decades to help cope with her alcoholic abusive father.

This helps her ‘mask’ her problems from her loved ones and stops her taking it out on them. ‘My mother knew the value of providing me with the outlet of an unbiased person to talk to, so I’ve done that all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff,’ said Berry.

(http://metro.co.uk/2013/03/25/halle-berry-my-secret-30-year-therapy-hell-3558426/?ito=cbshare)

 

6. JK Rowling

” My life was changing so suddenly – and therapy really helped” – JK Rowling

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JK Rowling confessed to the Guardian that ‘You don’t expect the kind of problems wealth brings with it. You don’t expect the pressure of it.’

I didn’t know anyone – anyone – to whom I could turn and say, ‘What do you do?’ So it was incredibly disorienting.”

“I had to have therapy again when my life was changing so suddenly – and it really helped. I’m a big fan of it, it helped me a lot.”

(https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/sep/22/jk-rowling-book-casual-vacancy)

 

7. Emma Thompson

” I probably should have sought professional help long before I actually did” – Emma Thompson

British actress Emma Thompson

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Thompson told Radio 4 that during the 1990s, when she starred in 7 films and went through a divorce from Kenneth Branagh: “I don’t think I did stay sane, actually. It was tough. I think I probably should have sought professional help long before I actually did, for all sorts of reasons”.

(https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/7530122/Emma-Thompson-says-work-saved-her-from-going-under-in-her-battle-with-depression.html)

 

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How To Attract New Counselling Clients Calmly

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You are a therapist who views your service as a vocation – yet you still need to find clients to survive as a business.

It can seem distasteful to ‘win’ clients, as therapeutic relationships are trust-based and so incompatible with ‘selling’ your service to potentially vulnerable individuals.

So how do you maintain your values and also run a sustainable practice?

1. Plan Your Business Goals

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Working towards pre-defined goals is a powerful way to grow your business on your terms. Lynn Grodzki http://www.psychotherapy.net/interview/building-therapy-private-practice notes that as therapists often have not trained in developing business plans, so make do with whatever comes their way.

However, if you have calculated the number of client sessions needed per month to cover outgoings, and the number of enquiries needed to convert to client sessions, you can work out what activities are needed to generate this work pipeline and be pro-active.

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2. Define Your Niche
Being pro-active also has the great advantage that you can define a specific niche you are passionate about working in, and work to attract these types of clients to you.

There is information overload everywhere, so it is crucial you are known for something specific, for example, PTSD in children, OCD in professional women, post-natal depression, pain management in retirement, anxiety in male teenagers.

This is both for your ideal clients to find you and for your referral network to introduce you with confidence as the expert.

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3. Value Yourself
Mark Redwood https://www.thecounsellorscafe.co.uk/single-post/2016/12/31/6-things-I-learnt-starting-a-private-counselling-practice reflects that understanding what kind of person you are is vital, as this underlying philosophy powers everything else you do in the business, including your mission statement and marketing activities.

Once you value what and how you individually offer support, confidence you can make a significant improvement to clients’ lives follows.

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4. Charge the Right Fees
Many Counsellors under-charge. Lynn Grodzki explains ” it’s very common for therapists to have negative belief systems about money. Profit means financial gain, and service means being of assistance. When you are in private practice, you’re doing both. You have to have a way to reconcile this inside yourself and in your practice.”

”Learn to be comfortable charging a fee that reflects your worth and your area’s market”, practitioner Randy J. Paterson, author of the 2011 book “Private Practice Made Simple” advises http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2011/11/private-practice.aspx.

”Remember your hourly rate encompasses business costs including your phone, computer, materials, utilities, rent, professional costs and time spent outside therapy working on a client’s case”.

”Charging a healthy rate for your services can actually promote good therapy as it encourages both therapist and client to focus and work harder”, Dave Verhaagen, managing partner at Southeast Psych, adds.

The Zur Institute advocates liberating yourself from the notion that profit and care are incompatible http://www.zurinstitute.com/privatepractice_clinicalupdate.html.

Another idea is to offer a set number of ‘pro-bono’ sessions per month to satisfy your social values – offsetting usual fees against those for economically-challenged clients.

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“You need to get over the idea that your clinical competence alone will sell your practice,” says Paterson. “Ultimately it will, but not at the start”.  Think about marketing as necessary to ensure your business stays around to continue assisting people with your skills.

Once you have identified your ideal client, work out where to interact with them – such as giving talks to dedicated support groups, joining relevant online forums to contribute your expertise, and writing regular blogs to demonstrate your niche expertise and credibility (and improve your SEO).

These activities – along with a social media presence – make potential clients aware of you and provide a chance to assess if they could work with you.

A photo is crucial, as is at least a basic website, giving details of your qualifications and experience. A variety of professional directory listings (especially Google My Business) with a stand-out tag line will also help people find you online.

6. Build An Introducer Network

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Meet and build relationships with people who could refer clients to you, such as physicians, allied health professionals, educators, community organisers.

Counselling is about trust. If clients trust the introducer, and the introducer trusts you, this helps build trust in the counselling relationship.

Zur Institute recommends approaching potential referrers as a professional-helper who has valuable information and services to offer, such as:

  • assisting with burnout among police staff
  • supporting teachers in coping with disruptive children
  • relieving overwhelmed doctors in taking chronically depressed people out of their waiting rooms
  • helping local newspaper editors fill their newspaper with intelligent commentary on local/world events
  • the creative opportunities are endless once you are confident of your value and your chosen niche.

 

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10 Reliable OCD Websites For Therapists And Their Patients

It can be hard to remember everything you are told about OCD, either as a therapist or as a patient.

Here are 10 trusted websites you can use as patient resources, and to keep up to date with developments:

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  1. OCD ACTION – http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/articles
  2. OCD UKhttp://ocduk.org/news
  3. TOP UKhttp://www.topuk.org/news/
  4. MINDhttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  5. NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  6. ANXIETY UKhttps://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/
  7. BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2vxp39
  8. ANXIETY ALLIANCEhttp://www.anxietyalliance.org.uk/home0
  9. MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATIONhttps://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/o/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd
  10. IOCDFhttps://iocdf.org/about-ocd/

 

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Why Do Businesses Need Blogs?

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Writing Blogs help you win new business because blogs:

  1. Show off your expertise, which builds client confidence in you
  2. Help Search Engines find you when someone searches for your keywords
  3. Provide fresh content so Google rates you higher in Search Results
  4. Build relationships and goodwill through giving away relevant information to your target customers
  5. Spread the word about your services, as your useful resources are shared among like-minded people

 

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