Are you looking for a therapist in Manchester? OR are you considering therapy via Skype?
My name is Sarah Lee and I'm a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist. The UKCP is a body that sets professional standards for psychotherapists in the UK; this means that they confirm I meet their high standards.
If you're considering counselling or psychotherapy and are looking for a therapist in Manchester City Centre (or maybe on Skype), you probably have some questions.
I imagine you want to know if I can help you, how therapy works, what kind of people I work with.
Who i work with
I have a special interest in working with people with depression, those who have suffered from childhood trauma especially emotional abuse including people who suspect they have or have been diagnosed wth C-PTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder).
I also work with a wide range of issues including self esteem, relationship problems, coping with past abuse, identity, questioning or coming to terms with your sexuality, grief, eating problems and addictions. In fact it's common for people to have several things they are struggling with, so you might feel you're depressed but also have panic attacks and low self esteem.
How i help
I've helped people control their anxiety and panic attacks, learn how to express their emotions, be more assertive, move past their suicidal thoughts and leave unhealthy coping strategies behind.
Benefits of therapy can be far reaching. You'll learn how to better understand yourself, learn about your triggers for depression, anxiety or flashbacks, how to better manage relationships (including setting boundaries), how to notice and change your inner negative voice and how to tolerate difficult emotions such as sadness or anger.
Does therapy work?
Yes, research shows that therapy can be very effective. The most important factors in results of psychotherapy are the client's relationship with the therapist and the client's willingness to work.
This means that you need to find the right therapist for you, you should feel comfortable with your therapist and feel like you can talk to them. It's normal to feel a bit nervous when meeting someone new or if you've never experienced psychotherapy, but your therapist should help you to feel at ease and be able to answer any questions you might have.
The client's willingness to work, means that you have to be ready for therapy. You should come because there is something you want to understand or change and not because someone else has told you to. Don't worry if you don't know how to change or exactly what things you should be looking for. My training means I can draw attention to relevant information and let you know what you need to be doing - you aren't expected to know how to get the results you want. In fact, if you already knew how to do this you'd probably already have done it!
Can I help you?
When I speak to new clients, one of their first questions is normally 'can you help me?' To ascertain whether I can help I need to know a bit about what you're struggling with. Once you've contacted me, I'll arrange to call you for a 20 minute chat about what you're looking for. It's free of charge and there's no obligation.
It can be a brief overview such as 'I'm depressed but I don't know why. It's been going on for a few years now and sometimes I feel a bit better but it always seems to come back'. Or it might be 'I binge eat when I'm unhappy at work and I don't know how to stop. I end up feeling like I'm a terrible person but I don't know where that comes from and I'm fed up of hating myself'.
What happens next?
I'll ask you how long you think you've been having symptoms, if you've ever received a mental health diagnosis perhaps from a doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist and whether you're on any medication. I'll also ask if you self harm or have suicidal thoughts and if you've been hospitalised for either of these. Having suicidal thoughts or self harming doesn't mean we can't work together. I just need to gather information so that I know that I'll be able to help you. We might need to involve your doctor, psychiatrist or other mental health professional depending on the kind of support you require and I'm happy to liaise with them if you give me permission to do so.
If I think I can help you, I'll invite you to a face to face session at my office in Manchester City Centre or on Skype if you can't come to my Manchester office. Our first session will be an opportunity for you to work with me, see how psychotherapy works and how you feel about working with me and therapy in general. If you don't feel like we're the right fit after our first session, that's absolutely fine. I'll be happy to help you find someone who would be a better fit if you'd like me to.
If I don't think I'm the right therapist for you, I'll try and provide you with an alternative option. This may be someone with a different skill set or who better fits your requirements.
If you're ready to arrange a no obligation free 20 minute chat to see if I can help you can call me on 07853490358 or send me a message and I'll get back to you within 24 hours (unless it's a weekend or a holiday).