Psychological support


#1

I'm looking into psychological support for my husband (54 years old has both Parkinsons diagnosed 2005 and Multiple Sclerosis diagnosed 2001).  He has gone from a 'positive mental attitude' type of person, to someone who is increasingly depressed (quite naturally given his prognosis) and I think he would benefit from some support of this nature.  I'm looking for some private assistance - does anyone have experience of where/who to go to, how much it costs per session etc...?  We are in Surrey.  


#2

I am so sorry to hear about your husban's plight, Juliam.

My husband suffered dreadful problems because of the DAs he was oversubscribed.

Eventually we were offered counselling with a neuropsychologist who dealt with psychological problems caused by neurological illnesses and/or their treatment.

We both received counselling for 2 years which helped us both come to terms with our situation and cope with it.

All this was on the NHS and we had to be referred by a consultant.

Could you find out if this is available in your area?

You really need a person who knows about the conditions and is trained in appropriate methods of support.

If you go to a private counsellor they can be Internet-trained or just enthusiastic amateurs!

We are in Leeds but I assume all Health Trusts have a neuropsychologist in their area and your husband should qualify for help.

Good luck!

Love

GG


#3

  Hello Juliam

                        I was referred to a real expert Psychologist by my Neurologist and this was huge assistance to me and put me back on track after long term depression,so do push for your husband to make a appointment with your nearest  hospital it takes a few visits mind so dont look for overnight changes, but slowly and surely you will see your husband pick up. Be strong and it will come right.

                                              Kindest Regards  FED


#4

Thank you, I will take your advice.

 

Julia x


#5

Thank you FED.  We are seeing my husband's consultant shortly and I will ask him.  Don't know why I didn't think of that in the first place - sometimes the solution is staring you in the face, but you can't see it for the trees!

 

Again, thank you for your support

 

Julia


#6

 

  I was in a flat spin Juliam and could see no escape , it was my Neurologist who suggested I see Dr Angus Mc at NTGH,  and after my first consultation I thought, well that was a waste of time, but no no I could not have been more wrong even if I tried, Dr A Mc slowly and in a way only real professionals can started to rebuild my  mind Juliam ,  C B T or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy played a central role in my return to the land of the living, you will see your husband gradually turn his life around and I strongly recommend you undertake this most therapeutic of therapies, it is especially effective on sensitive good natured kind generous handsome gentlemen, sorry Juliam I cant resist trying to lift the spirtit of all who are plagued by Illness by injecting a little humour or sillyness, I  am  in no way being disrespectful of your dear husbands plight  ,many of my posts must appear as if  written by a PYTHON, OF MONTY fame.

                                 I wish you both all  the good things that I know you seek ,and more.

                                                                 FED

 


#7

Hello

Several years ago I was very ill trying to keep myself together and in the end, my neuro doctor suggested he refer me to his neuro psychiatry colleague and I was in hospital for six weeks.    

They helped me a lot and they had arranged appointments to see a psychologist near my home a few weeks after my discharge.  In the meantime, my GP arranged for me to see a therapist to talk about my feelings.

I was given 20 CBTsessions and they were very helpful.   I still have bad times but at least I know what is happening to me which helps getting through it.

All the best

Casie

 

 


#8

Thank you Casie.  It helps to hear other peoples stories.  I hope you are keeping as well as you possibly can.

 

Julia x