Who to See: Gerry Millar, Patricia Prosper
Counselling is a talking therapy. It involves talking through your problems with an experienced psychologist or psychotherapist. They will help you to better understand your current circumstances, look at how your personal patterns of thinking and behaving may be contributing to how you feel, and identify strategies to help you overcome some of the difficulties you are having. There are several types of talking therapy and they can be used to treat a number of mental health problems including anxiety and depression.
Both Practices offer an in-house Counselling service. Our Counselling team specialise in individual as well as family and child psychology. We are also able to offer a group approach to managing stress and depression known as mindfulness therapy if it is felt that this might help.
Appointments are made through referral by a doctor or nurse, so if you are having emotional difficulties we would encourage you to raise these with a clinician and, if they cannot help themselves, they will be able to arrange for you to see a counsellor. All our consultations are confidential and counselling is no exception to this. What you discuss with a practice counsellor will not be shared with other members of the clinical team unless you have given your permission for this information to be shared.
Counselling - NHS Choices
Mental Health - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
Dr Stephen Pilling, a consultant clinical psychologist, describes the different talking therapies that can help people overcome a range of problems, from depression to stress.
Phils brother Simon has a mental illness. The brothers explain how mutual support has helped them to cope with the illness.