Just feel back to square 1!

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Has the world gone mad or are you meant to just accept rape ad nothing important? I went to see my doctor today who seems prepared to do nothing after me finishing 8 months of counselling for 2 rapes that happened in the past. She just wants to put me on medication for my mood, despite me spending 24 years out of the 44 I've been alive without taking ANYTHING as nothing was evet done. Don't want sympathy as in a pat on the head sort but do wonder if anyone on here has had PTSD specific counselling? How do it differ from rape crisis counselling? Sorry for long post, I've written on here before and my name is Sam.

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    Sadly that's typical of NHS therapy. Regardless of the type, if they've finished the amount of sessions they want to give, then your out. Doesn't matter if you need more or not, ive even had psychiatrists say, yes you need this type of therapy for an extended time, but no it's not available and you can't have it. The only real answer is to go private, but it costs so much it's not really viable for most

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    A good therapist will tailor the type you get for whatever reason you need. Some specialise in certain areas as it's of interest to them, but there's no real specific kinds on the nhs

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    Not that you will be interested, but Rape Crisis counselling tends to be person centred and allows the opportunity for the person to work through their issues in a safe space. It doesn't necessarily give coping strategies or mechanisms.

    With regards to your GP, try another one. They should be able to refer you on to Talking Therapies (primary) or Mental Health Team (secondary) depending on your needs. From there you should be able to see maybe a psychologist (which is not the same as the counsellors at Rape Crisis).

    Hopefully you will be able to find something that works for you.

    Good luck!

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    Your local Rape Crisis should also have a helpline number that you can ring so that you can talk to someone when you feel the need to.
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      You are back on here again, I did wonder if you were ok. I have tried speaking to my doctor but it's like talking to lead, so I've sought a second opinion and written my own doctor a letter, also have asked the people who 1st helped me for their emotional support and I'm awaiting an assessment in a few weeks off a different counselling service, who were recommended to me by a friend. I'm so used to doing things without support I've got used to it.

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      Sorry that things have not worked out so far for you. I must be honest, I have had fantastic support for my GP and other staff at the surgery. They have been amazing. My GP is the one that has pushed for me to get extra help and support. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be about to start my counselling. I was also lucky enough to be given the secretary's direct line so I could ring her and she could pass on messages etc, so I didn't have to explain everything to the receptionist.

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      You're lucky, my doctor and I am going to try via a letter to get her to try to understand how I feel, she just rubbed me up the wrong way I think, when I saw her on Wednesday,   I was only given anti-depressants as an option which I personally feel are a waste of time as I asked for help with this after the stress of IVF not helping last year, as that what had sparked it all.  I have managed 23 years out of the 44 I have been alive without antidepressants so want to see how this new counselling goes as their approach may be different.  I believe that Valerian Root is good for depression and I have invested in this, as I prefer natural remedies any way.  I just need to talk to get it out of my system and WITHOUT my families interference, as they can really get it blindingly wrong sometimes.  I've buried my dad and so I can bury this, I'm sure.

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