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The benefits of online psychotherapy and counselling

Psychotherapy & Counselling – What is it?

Psychotherapy and counselling offer a safe environment where you can express your feelings and gain valuable information regarding the inner mechanisms of how you think and feel.

As part of therapy and/or counselling, a highly trained practitioner will assist you on a one-to-one basis, in a group, or could include a partner or family member(s) depending on your individual needs and circumstances.

 

Psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are talking therapies… Used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. – UKCP, 2020

 

How long does it take?

Timescales can vary from short to long term sessions accounting for your feelings, your progress, and the complexity of the issues presented. Some types of therapy may last two years or more, but it is not the same for everyone.

 

Online vs. In person

The internet has opened up new avenues for mental health treatment. Today, online therapy is equally effective as in-person and studies show this.

 

We found that online cognitive behavioural therapy is, “effective, acceptable and practical health care.” The study found the online cognitive behavioural therapy was equally as effective as face-to-face treatment. – Morin, A. (2019)

 

Online sessions prevent the tendency for us to make excuses. Mental health issues can arise suddenly and if you dwell on it chances are, by the time you come to seek help you may feel ‘okay’ and put it off due to the inconvenience associated with travelling (cost, bad weather, social anxiety, mobility problems, waiting, etc.).

Online psychotherapy and counselling grants users ease of access and provides the same standard of quality including accredited services and health professionals with the added benefit of staying in the confines of your own home! Even though we are a London practice, online sessions allow people who want to see a specialist the opportunity to do so no matter where they live.

 

Key Benefits of Online Psychotherapy & Counselling

  • Convenient and easily accessible
  • Tailored support and expert advice
  • Accredited professionals and services provided
  • Scientifically backed, ethical and heavily regulated
  • Friendly and caring therapists who offer tools and advice needed for improvement.
  • Reliable and removes temptation of excuses

Taking the next step

A single brick does not make a house – nor’ will one counselling or therapy session solve all your issues. Understand that the best thing you can do for yourself, or a loved one, who is experiencing any mental issues is to get help and start now.

It’s important to remember that you are not weak, and you are not alone. Slow down. Take a breath. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that’s OK. Contact one of our friendly team on +44 2074934488

Additional Information

What is psychotherapy? [Video]

Mental Health Services [NHS]

What is psychotherapy? [UKCP, 2020]

Does Online Therapy Work – Article [Morin, A. (2019]

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and anxiety

Everything we experience impacts our mental wellbeing. When we work out, or when someone tells us they love us, a chemical is produced and sends hormones to our brain (in these scenarios ‘happy hormones’ which makes us feel good).

On the contrary, those that suffer from anxiety or mental health issues may have trouble achieving a state of happiness. The distortion of reality or chemical imbalance makes it extremely hard to think clearly.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety causes the fight or flight response to be engaged excessively. It makes you feel unsafe and occurs in many forms but is commonly associated with worrying or overthinking. Our safety is under real threat (emotionally and physically) by coronavirus and thus this may lead to serious damage if left untreated.

Depression is a common illness that severely limits psychosocial functioning and diminishes quality of life. As with most conditions, depression can be mild or severe and often fluctuates depending on circumstances. Levels of depression in the UK have almost doubled during the course of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (The Times, 2020).

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The beginning of 2020 has certainly made history. Among everything that has happened across the world – one traumatic event involving the spread of a virus has impacted the entire world, either directly or inveterately.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease spread primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways and most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalisation (WHO, 2020b). The mass spread of this disease has caused a global pandemic, economy recessions, and caused lockdown for many countries.

Physical contact has become potentially dangerous, support groups and classes have been forced to close, even socialising is a health risk (UKCP, 2020b)

Source: (WHO, 2020a)

Due to the nature of the virus limitation have been put in place to prevent the spread of disease involving social distancing, wearing face masks, restricted gatherings and many more.

Taking care of your mental health through Covid-19 is extremely important. Simple amendments to your lifestyle can make a big positive difference. Psychotherapy can also help you connect with and process these feelings in a safe and supportive environment (UKCP, 2020a).

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

  • Isolation; feeling alone
  • Job loss; furlough and/or redundancy
  • Uncertainty; forced change and unknown
  • Fear; overthinking and health concerns
  • Bereavement; a loss of a loved one

Tips for keeping calm

  • Exercise; Keeping physically active keeps your mind and body in shape. When our body feels safe our thoughts will too plus endorphins (happy hormones) are released when we workout.
  • Seek Support; Changing the way we label our thoughts is a powerful technique. This can be achieved through Psychotherapy and counselling.
  • Improve communications; Find a means to connect with people be it friends, family, or members of your community. A walk or a simple conversation even if only passing can help us feel a part of a supportive group.
  • Awareness; Be present and awake to appreciate the little things. Know that this hurdle will pass and with every raincloud will eventually come sunshine.
  • Routine; Establishing stability in the form of a routine can ensure meaning and purpose.

Fear is infectious. A negative story shared can negatively affect your thoughts and feelings. Our brains are programmed to survive, and as a result these concerning issues play off our intrinsic instincts. Learn to focus your mind on other matters and spread happiness.

For up-to-date advice and guidance follow government guidelines.

GOV.UK/COVID-19

Seek Online Psychotherapy Help. Contact one of our friendly team on +44 2074934488

References:

The Times (2020) Number of depressed adults doubles since coronavirus pandemic started. Available at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-08-18/news/number-of-depressed-adults-doubles-since-coronavirus-pandemic-started-pxq8bmvtg 

UKCP (2020a) What is psychotherapy. Available at: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/what-is-psychotherapy/

UKCP (2020b) https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/ukcp-news/midweek-mindset/how-to-look-after-your-mental-health-in-the-current-climate-of-fear/

WHO (2020a) WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard. Available at: https://covid19.who.int/

WHO (2020b) Coronavirus. Available at: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

How your relationship can survive – and thrive – during the coronavirus outbreak: Q&A

By Rosa Silverman

Being stuck at home with your other half may feel like a great opportunity to spend time together. But even the strongest relationships can founder under stress.

We spoke to a couples counselling service to ask how our relationships can survive the coronavirus outbreak. Here, Robert Hudson, psychotherapist at the Hudson Centre in London, gives his advice.

Q. How do we cope with getting on each others’ nerves?

A. Understand, support, acknowledge. If your partner is anxious, accept that’s how they feel and ask if there’s anything you can do to help. It’s best not to tell them they “shouldn’t feel that way”. Listening is very important. Being anxious is normal. If you’re self employed, for instance, you might worry about losing your job. But don’t become consumed by it..

Q. How do we keep the relationship fresh?

A. Being able to laugh together is crucial. Focus on the positives because it’s easy to get lost in a cycle of doom and gloom. Take some time out and have lunch together. Plan something to look forward to, for when the crisis ends. The other thing that’s helpful is to say “thank you”, because we often take our partners for granted. I also suggest you try something new together, and set goals, while you’re stuck at home. See it as an opportunity to be adventurous – in the bedroom, too.

Q. What if we get bored?

A. Time out is good, so ask for it. Say ‘I just need half an hour.’ Go and have a long bath. It’s important to enjoy life’s pleasures, whatever that means for you as a couple. It could just be taking a break to have a hot drink or listen to a song. It’s often those little things that count and bring us together rather than the big grand gestures.

Q. Should we work in the same room?

A. In most offices we share desks, so it’s not a bad idea to work in the same room at home, as long as the couple discusses how they are going to manage it. If I need to take my laptop to the bedroom and have a break, that’s fine. Or if you need to take a call in the kitchen, it’s OK. See it as an opportunity to have time together.

Q. How do we defuse arguments when we’re stuck in the house?

A. If a couple didn’t argue I’d be concerned. But respect each other’s views, without judgement, blame, criticism or attack. Give yourself some space to calm down. If we’re arguing and I realise I’m getting carried away, I say ‘Listen, this isn’t getting anywhere, I need time to reflect and I’ll come back to you in a few minutes.’ It’s important to agree to disagree.

Q. What if we disagree on how to follow Government guidelines?

A. Stop and say, ‘What is it we’re not agreeing on? If I say it’s not safe for the children to spend time with me, then it’s because I think it’s in their best interests.’ It’s about communication.

Q. Is it OK to have sex if someone if we’re self-isolating?

A. I’d put it a different way: is it OK to put yourself at risk? I don’t think it is. Is it OK to put myself at risk? No. It’s about respect.

Originally posted on https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/relationships/relationship-can-survive-thrive-coronavirus-outbreak-qa/ on 18.03.2020

Porn Addiction

If you believe you are suffering with porn addiction – you should contact The Hudson Centre today as we believe we can help you. Based in the heart of London, we are a dedicated practice that is safe and discreet, always ensuring that clients feel respected and are supported through every step of their journey. We successfully deliver personalised and comprehensive treatment for trauma and addiction, including psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

One of our most popular services is the successful One Week Men’s Intensive Programmes which has been developed specifically for individuals struggling with sexual addiction and sexually compulsive behaviours, such as porn addiction. We use psychoeducation and group therapy to encourage positive change. The group works together, supports each other and shares their similar issues. Progress is evidenced by increased awareness and the ability to make healthy choices versus being driven by impulses.

Our main focus is on rebuilding healthy relationships with oneself and others, so you know we are the clinic you need to contact. Our reputation for our customer advocacy and reliability is truly outstanding. This is something are very proud to uphold with all the clients we work with, especially because one of our main priorities is to ensure our customers are 100% happy with the porn addiction therapy we provide them with.

If you are interested in therapy for porn addiction at The Hudson Centre, you should contact a member of our excellent customer service team today. You can rest assured that all correspondence is kept in the strictest confidence. Please call our office on +44 20 7493 4488 or use the contact form on our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Love Addiction Therapy

Are you looking for the very best love addiction therapy? The Hudson Centre website is the place you need to visit today. We are a dedicated establishment based in the heart of the capital that is a safe and discreet practice where clients feel respected and are supported through every step of their journey. We successfully deliver personalised and comprehensive treatment for trauma and addiction, including psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

As an establishment, our reputation for our customer advocacy and reliability is truly outstanding. This is something are very proud to uphold with all the clients we work with, especially because one of our main priorities is to ensure our customers are 100% happy with the love addiction therapy we provide them with. Our main focus is on rebuilding healthy relationships with oneself and others, so you know we are the clinic you need to contact.

We always carry out an initial assessment with all our new clients that we believe is essential to shaping the perfect, bespoke treatment. Here at The Hudson Centre, we offer counselling, psychotherapy and addiction treatment for individual adults, couples and families of individuals over 18 years old who are facing a variety of troubles and issues in life. Our love addiction therapy is designed to support clients in exploring the root causes of their behaviour and changing how they manage themselves, in and out of relationships.
If you are interested in partaking in love addiction therapy at The Hudson Centre, you should contact a member of our excellent customer service team today. You can rest assured that all correspondence is kept in the strictest confidence. Please call our office on +44 20 7493 4488 or use the contact form on our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sex Addiction Therapy

Do you believe you are in need of sex addiction therapy? You should check out The Hudson Centre today, a safe and discreet practice where clients feel respected and are supported through every step of their journey. Based in the heart of the capital, we successfully deliver personalised and comprehensive treatment for trauma and addiction, including psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

Here at The Hudson Centre, we offer counselling, psychotherapy and addiction treatment for individual adults, couples and families of individuals over 18 years old who are facing a variety of troubles and issues in life. Our sex addiction therapy is designed to support clients in exploring the root causes of their behaviour and changing how they manage themselves, in and out of relationships. We always carry out an initial assessment with all our new clients that we believe is essential to shaping the perfect, bespoke treatment.

We have a truly outstanding reputation for our customer advocacy and reliability as an establishment – something we hold great pride in upholding. All our team have many years experience in assessment, treatment planning and interventions for those that need help. Our main focus is on rebuilding healthy relationships with oneself and others, so you know we are the clinic you need to contact if you need sex addiction therapy.

If you are interested in partaking in sex addiction therapy at The Hudson Centre, you should contact a member of our excellent customer service team today. You can rest assured that all correspondence is kept in the strictest confidence. Please call our office on +44 20 7493 4488 or use the contact form on our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sex addiction clinic

If you are looking for the very best sex addiction clinic, you should contact The Hudson Centre today. We are based in the heart of London and deliver high quality bespoke treatments services for  for trauma and addiction, including psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. We always ensure our clients feel respected and supported when working with us – so you know we are the very best sex addiction clinic to go to.

Here at The Hudson Centre, our reputation for our customer service and reliability as a business is truly outstanding – something we are very proud to uphold with each of the clients we work with. Our entire team have a wealth of experience in assessment, treatment planning and interventions for those that need help. Their main focus is always to rebuild healthy relationships with oneself and others, helping to provide the very best results.

We offer offer counselling, psychotherapy and addiction treatment for individual adults, couples and families of individuals over 18 years old who are facing a variety of troubles and issues in life. At this sex addiction clinic, our therapy is designed to support clients in exploring the root causes of their behaviour and changing how they manage themselves, in and out of relationships.

If you are interested in working with the best sex addiction clinic, you should contact a member of our excellent customer service team today. You can rest assured that all correspondence is kept in the strictest confidence. Please call our office on +44 20 7493 4488 or use the contact form on our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Aftercare Programme

After attending one of the intensive programmes or having done sufficient recovery work, clients will be eligible to attend the aftercare programme.

We combine psycho-education, and group process to encourage positive change. This programme is also deeply experiential.

The programme is designed to deepen your recovery experience in an intimate group setting. This will provide you with strategies and tools to solidify the tasks completed in previous programmes. Participants will be able to independently and effectively manage their recovery, with a support system available.

Aftercare acts as a continuing support system to on-going recovery. The emphasis of the programme is centred on trauma and shame reduction, and transitioning from an addictive system to healthy intimacy and sexuality.

Participants who attend 12 step meetings, on average, do much better than those who do not.

The Structure

Our programme runs once a weekWednesdays nights from 7pm8:30pm.

Each week includes: Educational lectures, group work, and task work. Due to the size limitations of our programme, book your place early.