The Contribution of Private Counselling

The Contribution of Private Counselling

Private Practice counselling and therapy has a great deal to contribute to the lives of the people it serves. In consultation with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Private Practice Executive Committee, Patti Wallace, BACP Lead Advisor Private Practice, has produced a briefing paper on the specific contribution of private practice counselling. We feel this document really articulates effectively why people choose to engage with private counsellors and therapists and the valuable contribution private counselling services make not only to individuals but to the wider community.

You can download the paper here

The Conclusion of the document is reproduced below.

Private practice counselling makes a significant contribution to both prevention and intervention in relation to psychological distress and mental illness in the general population. In order to ensure the greatest benefit to the client, it is important that the public and other professionals are aware of its value relative to statutory and voluntary sector provision, and have the knowledge to access and refer to private practitioners where appropriate to the client’s circumstances.


The list below gives an up-to-date (April 2015) overview of the types of issues and difficulties  people might come to private counselling and therapy for, it is produced using the most frequently searched terms by people accessing one of the leading counselling directories in the UK.

Anxiety, relationship issues, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder/manic depression, postnatal depression, seasonal affective disorder (sad), family issues , panic disorder, addiction(s), affairs and betrayals, phobias, separation and divorce, cross cultural relationships, pre-nuptial counselling, abuse, anger management, bereavement, couples issues , personality disorders, child related issues, attachment disorder , eating disorders, alcoholism, emotional abuse, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, drug abuse , binge-eating disorder , stress, low self-confidence , gambling, anorexia nervosa, sex addiction, borderline personality disorder

Counselling Services Nottingham is a Private Counselling & Therapy service based in two locations in Nottingham and available nationally Via SKYPE. As full members of the BACP we adhere fully to their code of conduct. For more information on any of the Private Counselling and Therapy Services we provide please do contact us.

Counselling Services in Nottingham

Getting to Counselling Services in Nottingham

  • My West Bridgford Counselling rooms are within easy reach of the following 

West Bridgford, Sneinton, Nottingham, Wilford, The Park, Colwick Park, Thorneywood, Colwick, Edwalton, Bassingfield, Lenton Lane Industrial Estate, Carlton, Sherwood Rise, Holme Pierrepont, Carrington, Forest Fields, Mapperley, Tollerton

Nearest Train Stations

  • Nottingham (1.1 miles)
  • Netherfield (2.5 miles)

Bus Stops are nearby providing good links to the surrounding areas in Nottingham and nearby areas.

Free parking available on nearby streets. Occasionally its busy and you have a bit of a walk.


  • My therapy rooms in Sherwood are within easy reach of the following

Sherwood Rise, Carrington, Forest Fields, New Basford, Sherwood, Nottingham, Mapperley, Old Basford, Thorneywood, Sneinton, Stockhill, The Park, Daybrook, Queens, Bulwell, Arnold, Carlton, Colwick Park, Colwick
Nearest Train Stations

  • Bulwell (0.8 miles)
  • Nottingham (1.7 miles)

Bus Stops are nearby providing good links to Nottingham and nearby areas

Free parking available on nearby streets, occasionally its busy and you have a bit of a walk.

One of the Locations I work at in Nottingham UK

One of the Locations I work at in Nottingham UK


More information on how to find us here  

Nottingham City Transport Information here 

If you are unable to get to the Counselling Services In Nottingham at our rooms or feel you would prefer, I also offer SKYPE counselling. Under some circumstances I can arrange home visits (subject to certain conditions)

Therapy in Nottingham & Counselling Services Nottingham now take card payments

Therapy in Nottingham and Counselling services Nottingham now take card payments.

To make accessing therapy in Nottingham as simple and flexible as possible for our current and perspectives clients, Counselling Services Nottingham is pleased to announce as of February 2015 we  accept debit  and credit card payments at no additional charge and  clients can do this at the end of their sessions at any location. We accept payments from clients as they go along and don’t ask for upfront payments. We feel that clients should only ever pay as and when they are completely satisfied with the services we provide.

We hope that by adding this payment method to the other ways people can pay being:, cash, cheque and bank transfer,  accessing therapy  in Nottingham is now even more convenient for clients.

If you have any questions about accessing therapy and counselling in Nottingham, including payments please do make contact

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For additional details on how to access therapy in Nottingham click our about page. We offer therapy in Nottingham at 2 different locations. See the links near the top of this page for more information.

Our other company Addictions Counselling and Addictions Therapy  Nottingham also accepts these forms of payment.

Counselling and Therapy in Nottingham.

Counselling and Therapy In Nottingham

Here are the most searched terms related to counselling and therapy in Nottingham (for December 2014) that we deal with here at Counselling Services Nottingham. Whilst this is not an exhaustive list of what we work with, it will give the reader an idea of the diversity of what people come to counselling and therapy for. A number of the following terms are widely used as diagnostic terms, and I, the author of this piece, am mindful that not everyone embraces the diagnostic meaning of mental distress and / or experience, and am therefore inviting the reader to embrace or reject the terms in whatever way works best for them.

What are people searching for on the internet for therapy & counselling that Counselling Services Nottingham can help with? Here’s a list with the most searched terms at the top.

  1. Anxiety
  2. Addiction including alcohol addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction, gambling addiction and drug addiction
  3. Relationship issues
  4. Depression
  5. Generalised anxiety disorder
  6. Bipolar disorder / manic depression
  7. Seasonal affective disorder (sad)
  8. Self Esteem, Low Self Esteem
  9. Panic disorder
  10. Family issues
  11. Affairs and betrayals
  12. Separation and divorce
  13. Abuse
  14. Cross cultural relationships
  15. Anger, Anger management
  16. Bereavement Counselling , Bereavement therapy
  17. Personality disorders
  18. Emotional abuse
  19. Sexual abuse
  20. Attachment disorder
  21. Low self-confidence
  22. Stress, Stress management
  23. Suicidal thoughts
  24. Work related stress
  25. Trauma
  26. Passive aggressive behaviour
  27. Sexual Issues
  28. Career and Work related issues
  29. Dissociation
  30. Psychosis
  31. Mental health
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Am I addicted ?

Am I addicted ? When is a problem an addiction?
Before I start my little article here, I want to say that I respect that more than one understanding of addiction and recovery exists; I hold a pluralistic perspective when it comes to the subject. I do, with my best intentions, do what I can to respect these diverse understandings. I do not claim to hold an ultimate truth; I write here from my own personal and professional experience: experience that has included working with, treating and sharing with incredible individuals who have turned their lives around, sometimes before addiction really got a hold sometimes not. My experience also, sadly, includes working with, treating and sharing with people who never moved to a solid recovery. Some are sadly no longer with us as a result of addiction.
What gave me the motivation to write this article is a question that I often get asked. Not maybe using these exact words, it can be something like ‘I think I may be addicted to (Drugs /Drink/Internet/Porn/Shopping/Food/Gambling … chose one … or several), but I’m not sure. How would I know?’ Unfortunately there is often no short answer and depending upon where you look for your answer you may arrive at different conclusions. If you Google ‘what is addiction?‘ you will end up with many diverse definitions and understandings, and depending upon how authentic and connected your level of awareness of your problem or addiction is (which if it is addiction, it’s both!) or level of denial, you might find one that fits with your perceived experience. The danger is, of course, if you are truly addicted and are experiencing the often accompanied deep level of denial you will settle for a website that denies addiction even exists. As you can imagine this might speak to the part of you that wants to keep going with the addiction. A claim that disputes widely held understandings of addiction may well concur with your own denial and keep you going along the long road (sometimes short) of loss, because that’s what addiction, in my experience, leads to: loss of connection, hope, money, dignity, self, love and for some, life.
So how do you know if your problem is “just a problem” or an addiction? I guess a simple and extremely reductionist answer is: try stopping (and here’s the crucial bit) and STAY STOPPED. Most addicts can stop for a length of time, but the truth of addiction is they can’t stay stopped. Here we are presented with another issue, that of choice. Many a real addict will say ‘yes I stopped and I started again, because I chose to’ … REALLY! Did YOU choose or did your addicted self choose? I refer to my previous mention of denial. Here we see it in the form of “I can control this; it doesn’t control me I choose to live this life”, another path to the road of loss. Denial has been mentioned in this piece on more than one occasion. It is frequently a symptom of addiction; it’s a denial that the problem has crossed a line and if in some sort of recovery, relapse occurs, it is often denial related: a denial of how bad it was before: a denial of loss of personal control; a denial of the loss of personal choice; a denial of what needs to be done to stay in recovery; and often a denial of the person’s true values and personality.
So, in short , what’s the answer? “Am I addicted or do I just have a problem?”  My unsophisticated, yet caring, answer is … you probably won’t know. You will need help to investigate and find out, in the form of another human being because,  left alone with an online test or website, if you are addicted your denial might well run riot. So if you really want to know,  seek help from people with good recovery (Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12 Step fellowship) or a professional, your GP might be a good place to start. Addiction really takes hold in isolation, so that act of reaching out to another is, in itself, is a step towards recovery.
At the end of the day, if you’re asking yourself the question, maybe you and the people that love you deserve an informed answer. I truly hope you find your answer and act on it. Recovery happens, and when it dose it is truly a re-connection with self and others.

Andrew Harvey
Andrew is a therapist and counsellor working both private practice and for one of the UK’s leading providers of action recovery services.

Counselling Services Nottingham’s sister company provides therapy , face to face and SKYPE therapy for all types of addiction including :  alcoholism, alcohol addiction, drug abuse , drug addiction, gambling , sex addiction , internet addiction,  Porn addiction and other compulsive behaviors / addictions.