DDCP EXISTS TO TAKE THE STRUGGLE OUT OF ACCESSING THE HELP YOU NEED, PROVIDING ALL THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM A PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE PROMPTLY, AFFORDABLY, WITH DISCRETION, AND FOR AS LONG AS YOU NEED IT*.
The NHS is under pressure, nowhere more so than mental health. Brief 'one size fits all' mental health treatments are understandably being widely offered, often by junior staff and even by computer programs.
The reasons why this approach seems to be of limited benefit are unclear. Perhaps a lack of access to trained professionals leaves people feeling uncared about. Where people have experienced neglect earlier on in their lives, inadequate services could be experienced as only adding to their problems.
I believe that psychological therapy should be a learning experience, for both patient and professional. By listening carefully and drawing on a broad range of expertise, a Clinical Psychologist gradually learns about the unique person they are trying to help.
This is important because meaningful personal change is rarely easy. The most difficult part of a Clinical Psychologist's job is often helping a patient to understand why, time and again, they struggle to do or persist with things that they may already have identified as being in their best interests.
Whilst it is still possible to access sensitive and thoughtful mental health treatment within the NHS, this is becoming increasingly difficult. It can take a long time and a great deal of perseverance.
*where treatment is third-party funded, please consult your policy for limitations.