Suicidal Ideation Counselling in Manchester

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Nelson Davis
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I also have specialism, dealing with suicidal ideation, and helping families deal with suicide's aftermath.
It can be a huge step to decide to talk to a counsellor/psychotherapist about personal issues so it is important to find someone you are comfortable with, who will not judge you but accept you for who you are. I offer office based and/or telephone therapy. The relationship between therapist and patient is fundamentally important. I liken psychotherapy to being in a clothing shop changing room where we get a unique view of ourselves from all angles.  Likewise therapy is about helping someone to glimpse  and explore hidden parts of themselves or just helping them make sense of their distress.
I also have specialism, dealing with suicidal ideation, and helping families deal with suicide's aftermath.
It can be a huge step to decide to talk to a counsellor/psychotherapist about personal issues so it is important to find someone you are comfortable with, who will not judge you but accept you for who you are. I offer office based and/or telephone therapy. The relationship between therapist and patient is fundamentally important. I liken psychotherapy to being in a clothing shop changing room where we get a unique view of ourselves from all angles.  Likewise therapy is about helping someone to glimpse  and explore hidden parts of themselves or just helping them make sense of their distress.
028 9590 9787 View 028 9590 9787
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Clinical Director Mervyn Reid Mncps Acc. Mbacp (Accred) Trainer+Supervisor
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
As an Adult, Child, Young Person, Couple and Family/Systemic Counsellor, I bring a lot of experience and a vast range of skills to support a wide range of people and presentations, from suicide and self-harm, depression and anxiety to trauma and self-identity work.
Hello, and well done making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor, Trainer & Supervisor who is very easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I work via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take your lead, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs—Telephone & Online services across the UK and Ireland. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
As an Adult, Child, Young Person, Couple and Family/Systemic Counsellor, I bring a lot of experience and a vast range of skills to support a wide range of people and presentations, from suicide and self-harm, depression and anxiety to trauma and self-identity work.
Hello, and well done making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor, Trainer & Supervisor who is very easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I work via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take your lead, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs—Telephone & Online services across the UK and Ireland. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
028 9694 3156 View 028 9694 3156
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Gail Fletcher
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M25
You may have lost someone close to you; having experienced suicide or a still birth in your family, or have faced sudden trauma associated to loss.
You maybe feeling bereft & lost. Are experiencing feelings which are leaving you distressed & confused. You may be feeling anxious or alone - unsure of where to turn or who can be there beside you. You may have feelings of self-doubt, or lack of self-esteem & confidence. Has there been a traumatic event that you have not been able to share in a safe space? I am here to support you through life's twists & turns, by using Person-Centred and/or Integrative model of therapy, which allows me to design a tailor made plan for you. I offer you a safe non-judgmental space & the opportunity to explore your anxieties, reflect, heal & growth.
You may have lost someone close to you; having experienced suicide or a still birth in your family, or have faced sudden trauma associated to loss.
You maybe feeling bereft & lost. Are experiencing feelings which are leaving you distressed & confused. You may be feeling anxious or alone - unsure of where to turn or who can be there beside you. You may have feelings of self-doubt, or lack of self-esteem & confidence. Has there been a traumatic event that you have not been able to share in a safe space? I am here to support you through life's twists & turns, by using Person-Centred and/or Integrative model of therapy, which allows me to design a tailor made plan for you. I offer you a safe non-judgmental space & the opportunity to explore your anxieties, reflect, heal & growth.
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Rob Radcliffe
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I work with a wide range of issues from stress, anxiety and anger to depression, loss/bereavement, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, self esteem and confidence.
I imagine it's overwhelming reading all these blurbs and trying to figure out which one stands out for you, so I'll try to minimise the noise. Qualified therapist and supervisor, 12 years' full time experience, bloke, getting on a bit these days, sense of humour, friendly, down to earth, but with the wisdom that comes with age and experience. I will do my best to understand you and support you but I will also challenge you to get out of whatever is keeping you stuck when appropriate! I have a proven track record of reducing distress and suffering and helping people to understand themselves and life.
I work with a wide range of issues from stress, anxiety and anger to depression, loss/bereavement, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, self esteem and confidence.
I imagine it's overwhelming reading all these blurbs and trying to figure out which one stands out for you, so I'll try to minimise the noise. Qualified therapist and supervisor, 12 years' full time experience, bloke, getting on a bit these days, sense of humour, friendly, down to earth, but with the wisdom that comes with age and experience. I will do my best to understand you and support you but I will also challenge you to get out of whatever is keeping you stuck when appropriate! I have a proven track record of reducing distress and suffering and helping people to understand themselves and life.
0161 850 6480 View 0161 850 6480
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Amanda Lloyd
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M25
Self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am a counsellor and registered general nurse specialising in occupational health, and my priorities have been about the physical and psychological care of my patients and clients. I use the biopsychosocial model to support clients' biological, psychological and social experiences and issues. I listen to why the client feels they need therapy, and we discuss the most appropriate way forward which may include, for example, CBT or solution-focussed therapy. I am welcoming and trustworthy and my approach to clients is irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs.
Self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am a counsellor and registered general nurse specialising in occupational health, and my priorities have been about the physical and psychological care of my patients and clients. I use the biopsychosocial model to support clients' biological, psychological and social experiences and issues. I listen to why the client feels they need therapy, and we discuss the most appropriate way forward which may include, for example, CBT or solution-focussed therapy. I am welcoming and trustworthy and my approach to clients is irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs.
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Breakthrough Counselling
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I have been offering listening support in various roles for the past 10 years. I am able to help you with anger, depression, bullying, relationships, anxiety, confidence, loneliness, isolation and many more. Do you sometimes feel suicidal and feel there is no way forward? I can provide you with a listening empathic ear, to understand why you feel suicidal and work with you, so that you may find the reason why, and work with with you to see a better future.
I have been offering listening support in various roles for the past 10 years. I am able to help you with anger, depression, bullying, relationships, anxiety, confidence, loneliness, isolation and many more. Do you sometimes feel suicidal and feel there is no way forward? I can provide you with a listening empathic ear, to understand why you feel suicidal and work with you, so that you may find the reason why, and work with with you to see a better future.
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Patrick John Breheny
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M19
My experience is invaluable to me the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of issues such as Bereavement, generalised Anxiety disorder, Self- harm, suicidal ideation, drug & alcohol addiction, and depression.
I am an experienced and qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy). My name is Patrick Breheny, I am a father of three young boys and Husband. I believe in good communication both in my personal life and professional life, I have a strong belief that Counselling is a way of life and I use the foundations of Counselling to enhance all my relationships. Born in Manchester I am familiar with the culture and the togetherness Manchester brings to peoples lives.
My experience is invaluable to me the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of issues such as Bereavement, generalised Anxiety disorder, Self- harm, suicidal ideation, drug & alcohol addiction, and depression.
I am an experienced and qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy). My name is Patrick Breheny, I am a father of three young boys and Husband. I believe in good communication both in my personal life and professional life, I have a strong belief that Counselling is a way of life and I use the foundations of Counselling to enhance all my relationships. Born in Manchester I am familiar with the culture and the togetherness Manchester brings to peoples lives.
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Gareth Paul
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manchester M34  (Online Only)
I have lived experience of depression, bereavement by suicide, addiction and recovery, which means that I have real empathy and understanding.
Hi, I'm Gareth from Purple Rain Counselling. I am an integrative counsellor providing support for people with any kind of mental health issue. I offer specialist help for depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement and supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide. By listening to you, we will develop our sessions together to help you achieve your desired goals and give you the coping skills you need.
I have lived experience of depression, bereavement by suicide, addiction and recovery, which means that I have real empathy and understanding.
Hi, I'm Gareth from Purple Rain Counselling. I am an integrative counsellor providing support for people with any kind of mental health issue. I offer specialist help for depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement and supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide. By listening to you, we will develop our sessions together to help you achieve your desired goals and give you the coping skills you need.
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Cheryl Taylor
Psychotherapist, PhD, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
risk: self harming, suicidal ideation.
Neurodivergence: ADHD, Autism. Bipolar, Psychosis, EMDR/ Trauma, CPTSD, dissociation, Attachment.
risk: self harming, suicidal ideation.
Neurodivergence: ADHD, Autism. Bipolar, Psychosis, EMDR/ Trauma, CPTSD, dissociation, Attachment.
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Howie Martinez: Individual & Group Therapy
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M21
Although not exclusively, I help men - individually and in groups - who struggle with mental health issues like depression, stress, suicidal thinking and addictions (including alcohol, drugs, porn, gaming and gambling). I work with men who feel they have lost their traditional place or roles within society. I support men who may be experiencing shame and fear related to preconceived or generational notions of their roles and responsibilities. Together, we might find ways to manage stress, improve relationships, cope with trauma, explore identity, enhance your self-esteem, and develop healthier coping strategies.
Although not exclusively, I help men - individually and in groups - who struggle with mental health issues like depression, stress, suicidal thinking and addictions (including alcohol, drugs, porn, gaming and gambling). I work with men who feel they have lost their traditional place or roles within society. I support men who may be experiencing shame and fear related to preconceived or generational notions of their roles and responsibilities. Together, we might find ways to manage stress, improve relationships, cope with trauma, explore identity, enhance your self-esteem, and develop healthier coping strategies.
0161 509 6605 View 0161 509 6605
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Chris Holden
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M14
Hello, I'm a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Fallowfield, Manchester. Life can be hard and it can be confusing. Events and relationships from our past can sometimes, out of awareness, impact us in the present. This can feel confusing, unsettling or even scary. I offer a warm, safe and compassionate place where you can feel heard and where we can try make sense of what is happening in your life. For the past 10 years I have supported people with a range of issues such as low mood, anxiety, shame, trauma, emotional dysregulation, relationship difficulties, self harm and suicidal ideation.
Hello, I'm a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Fallowfield, Manchester. Life can be hard and it can be confusing. Events and relationships from our past can sometimes, out of awareness, impact us in the present. This can feel confusing, unsettling or even scary. I offer a warm, safe and compassionate place where you can feel heard and where we can try make sense of what is happening in your life. For the past 10 years I have supported people with a range of issues such as low mood, anxiety, shame, trauma, emotional dysregulation, relationship difficulties, self harm and suicidal ideation.
0161 524 1142 View 0161 524 1142
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Claire Crilly
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
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Alex Jurgensen
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M13
uncontrollable anger, shouting, panic, blaming, violence, anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts.
Hello and welcome! My name is Alex and I offer in-person sessions in Reading (town centre), or online via zoom. I am a fully qualified, BACP-registered, counsellor with a proven track record of helping people work through all kinds of problems. I think that part of the problem we all share is that we grew up in a society that didn't really understand human emotions. Thus, we quickly learned that emotions are a problem and that the only proper way of dealing with them is to shut them off, brush them under the carpet and put on a brave face.
uncontrollable anger, shouting, panic, blaming, violence, anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts.
Hello and welcome! My name is Alex and I offer in-person sessions in Reading (town centre), or online via zoom. I am a fully qualified, BACP-registered, counsellor with a proven track record of helping people work through all kinds of problems. I think that part of the problem we all share is that we grew up in a society that didn't really understand human emotions. Thus, we quickly learned that emotions are a problem and that the only proper way of dealing with them is to shut them off, brush them under the carpet and put on a brave face.
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JLB Counsellor Therapist
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1
You may have found your self here today, looking for help because when we experience overwhelming emotions that cause us sadness, we may begin to withdraw from life. However, sharing our feelings is healing, and helps ease our pain. You may be suffering from feelings of depression, low mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, loneliness, anger, fear, uncertainty, loss, grief, identity issues, cultural issues, a lost sense of self, trauma, abuse or suicidal thoughts. You may feel misunderstood, or health or relationship issues may be having a significant affect on your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
You may have found your self here today, looking for help because when we experience overwhelming emotions that cause us sadness, we may begin to withdraw from life. However, sharing our feelings is healing, and helps ease our pain. You may be suffering from feelings of depression, low mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, loneliness, anger, fear, uncertainty, loss, grief, identity issues, cultural issues, a lost sense of self, trauma, abuse or suicidal thoughts. You may feel misunderstood, or health or relationship issues may be having a significant affect on your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
01925 986678 View 01925 986678
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Szabolcs Gálvölgyi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M11
My competence is in working with: anxiety, low mood and depression, loss or bereavement, difficulties with emotional recognition/identification/expression, break ups, loneliness, isolation, living abroad/away from home, anger-management difficulties, different forms of abuse, eating- and sleeping difficulties, suicidal thoughts, and self-harming behaviour.
Welcome to my page! My name is Szabolcs - I acknowledge that it is a difficult name; do not worry if you do not know how to pronounce it. I am a fully qualified practitioner and I provide psychological therapy to adults and adolesents. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, a Master of Science degree in counselling psychology, and I also regularly attend further training. I offer my therapeutic services to women as well as to men, and in addition to working with the below difficulties, I am also open to hear about what you are seeking support for. You can book in for a FREE initial consultation as well.
My competence is in working with: anxiety, low mood and depression, loss or bereavement, difficulties with emotional recognition/identification/expression, break ups, loneliness, isolation, living abroad/away from home, anger-management difficulties, different forms of abuse, eating- and sleeping difficulties, suicidal thoughts, and self-harming behaviour.
Welcome to my page! My name is Szabolcs - I acknowledge that it is a difficult name; do not worry if you do not know how to pronounce it. I am a fully qualified practitioner and I provide psychological therapy to adults and adolesents. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, a Master of Science degree in counselling psychology, and I also regularly attend further training. I offer my therapeutic services to women as well as to men, and in addition to working with the below difficulties, I am also open to hear about what you are seeking support for. You can book in for a FREE initial consultation as well.
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Natasha Menoni: ADHD & Autism Specialist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
My expertise acknowledges challenges neurodivergent individuals may encounter including: anxiety, social anxiety, depression, addiction, anger management, autistic burnout, OCD, motivation challenges, low self esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, trauma.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
My expertise acknowledges challenges neurodivergent individuals may encounter including: anxiety, social anxiety, depression, addiction, anger management, autistic burnout, OCD, motivation challenges, low self esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, trauma.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
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Amelia Claire Scanlan
MA
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I have over 20 years' experience supporting people around anxiety, depression, sexual and domestic violence, adoption, self harm, managing suicidal feelings, attachment, sexuality and gender.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. It may be that you are impacted by some past or current difficulties, are feeling stuck, unable to move forward, a lack of control over your life, or repeating old patterns. We all can form ways of coping throughout our lives that may have been necessary at the time, but are no longer helpful to us. I believe all people have the capacity to grow and flourish, given the right environment. I offer a confidential and compassionate space for you to talk about things that you are finding difficult, confusing, overwhelming, or simply want to explore further.
I have over 20 years' experience supporting people around anxiety, depression, sexual and domestic violence, adoption, self harm, managing suicidal feelings, attachment, sexuality and gender.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. It may be that you are impacted by some past or current difficulties, are feeling stuck, unable to move forward, a lack of control over your life, or repeating old patterns. We all can form ways of coping throughout our lives that may have been necessary at the time, but are no longer helpful to us. I believe all people have the capacity to grow and flourish, given the right environment. I offer a confidential and compassionate space for you to talk about things that you are finding difficult, confusing, overwhelming, or simply want to explore further.
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Aurelia De Rocha
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I have worked sucessfully to relieve a range of issues including anxiety,depression, suicidal thoughts, eating issues and relationship problems amongst others.
If you've got problems, I can help.. As a therapist I am happiest when I am genuinely able to make a difference to someone and help them feel better. I have had a great deal of experience of working with many different people, each one of them with their own unique story, and their own way of seeing the world, each one of them also with the problems that sometimes arise for all of us as human beings trying to live the best we can. Maybe you feel anxious and don't know why? Perhaps you've had things happen that are still affecting you?
I have worked sucessfully to relieve a range of issues including anxiety,depression, suicidal thoughts, eating issues and relationship problems amongst others.
If you've got problems, I can help.. As a therapist I am happiest when I am genuinely able to make a difference to someone and help them feel better. I have had a great deal of experience of working with many different people, each one of them with their own unique story, and their own way of seeing the world, each one of them also with the problems that sometimes arise for all of us as human beings trying to live the best we can. Maybe you feel anxious and don't know why? Perhaps you've had things happen that are still affecting you?
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James William Deaville
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1
As well as this I have worked alongside clients who were experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts/feelings, grief and other themes.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in a person-centred way. This means that no session is approached with a set agenda. The session shall be guided by what you would like to discuss. My role is to metaphorically walk alongside you as a gentle guide. I aim to provide an empathic, sincere and warm space for you to explore your emotions, find your voice and develop an understanding of what may be going on for you. I am based in Stoke-on-Trent for anybody wanting in-person sessions; however, I also offer online sessions.
As well as this I have worked alongside clients who were experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts/feelings, grief and other themes.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in a person-centred way. This means that no session is approached with a set agenda. The session shall be guided by what you would like to discuss. My role is to metaphorically walk alongside you as a gentle guide. I aim to provide an empathic, sincere and warm space for you to explore your emotions, find your voice and develop an understanding of what may be going on for you. I am based in Stoke-on-Trent for anybody wanting in-person sessions; however, I also offer online sessions.
01772 503256 View 01772 503256
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Anna Greenslade (Cbt With Anna)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Manchester M1
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interests lie within the teenager population, social anxiety, OCD.
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interests lie within the teenager population, social anxiety, OCD.
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Suicidal Ideation Counsellors

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioural therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioural, dialectical behaviour, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.