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Mick Bramham - Counselling & Psychotherapy

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I appreciate that some people find the state mental health services too clinical, at times coercive, and overly reliant on medications. Years on from taking these drugs, people tell me of receiving little or no help in addressing the real life concerns that led to their initial “break down”. It is clear from people who contact me from within the UK and from overseas, that they would like the choice of an alternative (or in addition to statutory services) that is more personalised and tailored to the needs of each individual.

I have over many years helped people, if this is their choice, to live more independently from statutory services and develop a more complete sense of who they are and their place in life. A life less dependent on mental health services is sometimes termed "recovery". I prefer discovery: discovering who you are aside from mental health labels, diagnoses and limiting definitions and perceptions of who a person is and might be.

I recognise that some people are rightly concerned about the health risks associated with long-term use of mental health drugs – and also struggle with the disabling adverse effects of these drugs – sometimes with years of going from one psychiatric drug to another without feeling better, and possibly considerably worse.

As psychiatric drugs affect thinking, emotions, and a person’s sense of who they are (as well as numerous physiological adverse changes across the body) – I help people, especially after longer-term psychiatric drug use, begin to distinguish more clearly between the drug ill-effects, and what is very often taken as them being “unwell”.

In my experience, many people have not been adequately taught:

It is my opinion that a person's choice to take or not to take mental health drugs should be respected; as with any medication, a person can weigh up the risks against the hoped for benefits provided they have access to honest and transparent data. Personally, I support the freedom to choose and the right to be clearly informed of the limitations and risks. There is no shame or failure if a person feels the need for these drugs.

It is not unusual that family members contact me on behalf of a loved one and I am very happy to work with people and their families.

As a private therapist I am independent of statutory services - people tend to find this refreshing.

Thinking about longer-term mental health difficulties and treatments