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For information about our Clinical Psychologists, see the "about us" page.  Please send us an email or ring if you want to be seen by one of our private clinical psychologists, (see "contact us" details).

Below are Links in an emergency to Other Helplines and Information. (We cannot vouch for these other organisations and can take no responsibility for their content. These links will take you away from our website so we suggest you open up another tab/window to follow any of the links).

If you need to talk to someone urgently, contact details of other organisations for your information:

Samaritans -  http://www.samaritans.org/  - free call 116 123 free from the UK

Mind - http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/   0300 123 3393

Sane - SANEline, a specialist mental health helpline - 0300 304 7000 between 4.30pm and 10.30pm each evening.

Please note we cannot endorse any of the above sites. They are provided for information only and we take no responsibility for their content.

Links to information about the coronavirus and mental health:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Information website on Trauma:

Trauma responses and talking therapies explained: (explains re re-experiencing, avoiding symptoms, hypervigilance (i.e. PTSD), behavioural changes as well as the 2 main types of appropriate trauma therapies)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCF9JcFZF-0#action=share

Helpful strategies include:

self-soothing strategies (including singing,  safe place and butterfly hug – see link below-, as well as focussed breathing practices) can be very helpful during an ongoing crisis.

Exercises for psycho–emotional self-care to protect Frontline staff from developing traumatic stress, burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

https://1stcontact.net/

e.g. butterfly hug, grounding technique to bring down intensity of emotion, Present Safety and Four Elements Exercises.

Web link for video showing how to do the butterfly hug: (“it’s like washing your hands for your mind”)

https://1stcontact.net/traumatic-stress-relief-exercise-videos/how-to-do-the-butterfly-hug/

(female)

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGl5QOFHtbE&feature=youtu.be (male with accent, with explanation at the start of the video, and with instructions on when and how to do it)

Information website, with other links in

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

BBC how to protect your mental health:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Looking after your mental health

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

World Health Organisation (WHO) Q&A video with Clinical Psychologist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDx1LKkk5c4

Links to general organisations, mental health:

British Psychological Society https://www.bps.org.uk/public

Directory of Chartered Psychologists, https://www.bps.org.uk/lists/DIR

Find a chartered psychologist specialising in psychotherapy, https://www.bps.org.uk/lists/ropsip

The regulatory body for Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, the Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC can be found at http://www.hpc-uk.org/

Members of the public can check someone’s registration at http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/

Information about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), https://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx

Information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT),  http://www.acat.me.uk/page/home

Information about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) at http://emdrassociation.org.uk/

Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches at the British Psychoanalytic Council http://www.bpc.org.uk

Finding a psychotherapist can also be done through the UK council for Psychotherapy at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) https://www.nice.org.uk/

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