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Old 23-09-17, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hi all, does counselling work? Are there specific HD counsellors or therapists who can also help wth depression too? Feel like we're in a rut and can't see a light anywhere. I know that sounds bleak but am just looking at ways in which I can help my wife as much as possible. Feel helpless at the moment.

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Old 26-09-17, 04:12 PM   #2
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Hi all, does counselling work? Are there specific HD counsellors or therapists who can also help wth depression too? Feel like we're in a rut and can't see a light anywhere. I know that sounds bleak but am just looking at ways in which I can help my wife as much as possible. Feel helpless at the moment.

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Hi Fola,
Going through testing involves counselling beforehand and during the process all the way through.
Please ask us if you want anymore info.
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Old 28-09-17, 09:05 PM   #3
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Hi Fola,
Going through testing involves counselling beforehand and during the process all the way through.
Please ask us if you want anymore info.
Hi Jacqueline, thanks for your reply. Do you have recommmendations about how to best find suitable counsellors in local areas? Or is it best just to ring a few and gauge their suitability? Thanks Fola
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Old 29-09-17, 09:20 AM   #4
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Hi Fola...do you mean that you feel you need counselling for emotional support for yourself? If so, then I'd try phoning the hda advisers for their input and of course you could also go to your gp and ask about a referral....Our gp surgery holds carer's meetings every couple of months for carer's to attend for a coffee and a chat and an advisor from the local Wired team is always in attendance to offer advice/support - maybe your surgery does this. You could also contact the Carer's Association as they have people who offer advice and support...
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Old 30-09-17, 07:41 PM   #5
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Hi Fola...do you mean that you feel you need counselling for emotional support for yourself? If so, then I'd try phoning the hda advisers for their input and of course you could also go to your gp and ask about a referral....Our gp surgery holds carer's meetings every couple of months for carer's to attend for a coffee and a chat and an advisor from the local Wired team is always in attendance to offer advice/support - maybe your surgery does this. You could also contact the Carer's Association as they have people who offer advice and support...
Hi Shiraz, thanks - that's very helpful. I was thinking more for my wife, who has HD. but also I'd like to get my mind set so that I can provide better support
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Old 03-10-17, 01:16 PM   #6
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Hi Jacqueline, thanks for your reply. Do you have recommmendations about how to best find suitable counsellors in local areas? Or is it best just to ring a few and gauge their suitability? Thanks Fola
My GPS give you a leaflet of counsellors and they are self referral so you just ring them for an appointment.
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Old 07-10-17, 11:44 PM   #7
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I am thinking your wife has already been diagnosed with HD? Your GP should be able to refer for counselling if she is feeling depressed. Also Contact your SHDA for support. When hubby was diagnosed and I was struggling I accessed some private counselling through my work scheme, don't know if you are still working and your company has such a benefit, it was a wellbeing scheme with my company and you were allowed 6 1 hour sessions. It was very useful, very upsetting at the time as the counsellor was very good at probing and getting me to talk about my inner thoughts.
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Old 13-10-17, 06:52 AM   #8
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Hi Fola

I remember reading posts in the past where people with HD have been able to access CBT or other counselling

It was invaluable to me to be able to explore how I was feeling after my parents died - my mum had it and I will have it - but some how I did get to feel more at peace with the idea - I found it and then my GP "prescribed" 10 sessions

We do have an anonymous service at work - which have been good at signposting different services - and telephone counselling themselves - it is used by lots of companies in the Retail sector - there may be something similar around ? Your GP will also have some provision - but there maybe is a waiting time.

At the very least being able to offload how you feel is good - and this is such a frightening illness - there's plenty of darkness in approaching it without the problems with thought processing coming into play.

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