I am an accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) with experience working with individuals aged 16 – 75+ experiencing common mental health difficulties including depression and anxiety. I also have experience working with individuals experiencing substance misuse, dual diagnosis and homelessness. From a young age, mental health has been a genuine passion of mine. I hope (and aim) to play a significant part in making a difference within the world of mental health. I am passionate about providing a humane and authentic approach to my therapeutic work - I believe therapy should have a togetherness feel with no sense of a ‘hierarchy’. As well as my full-time clinical work, I provide mental health advocacy online using Instagram as my main platform as well as own Podcast which I have recently launched on Spotify. I vulnerably open up about my personal mental health journey online with the aim to it comforts others by reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles. I believe that my personal experience of mental health does not hinder my therapeutic work– rather, I believe it enables me to help others through my empathy, compassion and understanding. Without my own difficulties, I do not believe I would be as passionate as I am to make a difference.
In her debut blog, Cara McErlain summarises a recent qualitative systematic review exploring patients’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health support through primary care services in England.[read the full story...]