Puerperal Psychosis & related illnesses

Counselling

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What is it?

This is the official BCAP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) definition, sourced directly from their website, http://www.bacp.co.uk/education/whatiscounselling.html

Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. It is always at the request of the client as no one can properly be 'sent' for counselling.

By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client's point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.

How does it work?

Counselling is entirely customised to your needs. A counsellor is an experienced, qualified professional, and, after an initial meeting with you, will explain what he or she can do for you and your family.

Counselling allows you to be heard by a non-judgmental uninvolved third party. Being heard may involve tears, anger, frustration or just the opportunity to think and to voice your opinions and reasoning.

By talking to a counsellor, you and your partner, if he chooses to attend with you, can explore your relationship with your baby and other relationships: anything that may have a bearing on how you feel at the moment. The process also empowers you, but does not force or recommend you, to make changes.

In going through counselling, you will gain an understanding. Confusion will pass and clarity will emerge, ultimately leading to self esteem and opening the door to choices.

Arranging counselling

Relate

This is probably the best known counselling agency in the UK. You do pay for Relate counselling, but only what you can afford - normally between £5 and £40 per session. Relate offers telephone counselling by appointment.

Find out more about Relate at http://www.relate.org.uk.

Private counselling

BACP is the main body in the UK representing counselling at national and international levels. All practitioners listed are covered by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

This will give you confidence in selecting a suitable therapist.

You can find out more here: http://www.bacp.co.uk/seeking_therapist/index.html.

Ask for recommendations

Speak to your GP or health visitor about counselling services they recommend. If you know someone who's gone through something similar, ask how they dealt with it and who they spoke to.