Organisations & Articles
There are many organisations who provide useful information for people considering therapy, as well as lots of articles on the subject.
A handful are given here, which might help in your choice of therapy, therapist and so on.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the leading organisation for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK. I am registered as a psychotherapist with the UKCP, and practice in accordance with their code of ethics.
UKCP - Covid-19 Guidance
The UKCP has provide guidance for both therapists and clients working during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of March 2020 and for the weeks to come, most therapy is currently being offered online or over the phone. This site gives some information about how this works in practice, including links to other relevant resources.
BACP - Useful Resources & Information Sheets
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) has put together a series of Information Sheets, which cover a range of questions pertinent to those considering therapy.
Institute of Psychoanalysis
This website has useful information on the nature of psychoanalytic treatment, including further exploration of common questions.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a charity set up in response to the fact that suicide is the single biggest cause of death in men aged under 45, in the UK. They offer a helpline, open 365 days a year between 5:00pm and midnight, as well as a webchat service and other useful resources.
Articles & Events
What is Psychoanalysis (Is it Weird?)
These videos give some introduction to the ideas underpinning psychodynamic psychotherapy. Put together by The Freud Museum, they give a sense of what psychotherapy is about, and the internal conflicts and anxieties it can help people to make sense of.
Sigmund Freud: A Life in Psychoanalysis
This online exhibition, curated by The Freud Museum, gives an overview of Freud's work and how he developed his ideas.
Britain on the Couch
This article shows something of the range of issues which can prompt people to seek therapy.
It is often the case that the concerns we keep to ourselves are in fact not unusual. Therapy offers an opportunity to explore such issues and develop ways to understand them better. The article puts some of these issues in context, and gives a helpful account of the particular difficulties these can cause.
BACP: News Articles
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) maintains a list of articles from various newspapers which look into issues around mental health and emotional well-being.
Psychotherapy: Is it Science, Religion or a Waste of Time?
Many people feel uncertain about entering into a therapy which doesn't readily offer tangible measures of success - often an unusual experience in our current cultural climate. In this short article, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips considers the importance of scientific evidence alongside psychotherapy's more less tangible measures of success.
Everything I Wish I'd Known Before Starting Therapy
This article shares a client's experience of a range of therapies, and offers advice for those considering therapy.
While each person's experience will be different, it gives a good account of some of the benefits and shortcomings of different approaches, as well as some straightforward for those thinking about contacting a therapist.