I May Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Watch
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- 04-08-2016 18:43
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Couple of things - an NHS counsellor isn't necessarily better trained. You should get counselling from someone who has a minimum of a level 4 qualification in counselling or psychotherapy. But it is important to bear in mind that the higher the qualification doesn't always correlate to a better therapist. It often relates more to their academic abilities. For example, I'm a level 5 qualified counsellor which means I took the foundation degree academically but my experience comes from many places and I specialise in trauma and PTSD.
So when you seek a counsellor you want to know their qualifications and what professional development/experience they have. But the malt important things are believing the therapy could work and having a good relationship with that counsellor. Some of my own best sessions were with trainee therapists who hadn't even seen a real client yet!
There's also many different modalities of therapy: CBT, rebt, dbt, person centred, psychotherapy, gestalt..on and on. So you could work better with a different approach or a counsellor who uses an integrative approach. Or you could do better with a different counsellor using the same approach as previously.
PTSD won't go away by itself, if this is what you have. It also won't go away with meds, but meds can reduce anxiety and manage mood. GP is a good starting block. Could also seek out charities that offer therapy.