If you contact us via the website, your message will reach our Lead Therapist, Anna Mortimer, and she'll get straight back to you to set up an initial meeting. Please don't be scared - this is just a chat and at no stage is there any obligation to continue with the process.
Anna will then refer you to the best therapist for you or the person you request from our Who We Are page and you will begin your therapy! You will never be obliged to purchase a block of sessions or pressured into continuing longer than you'd like. We think every session of therapy has to be a choice.
Before your first session we'll offer you this questionnaire to fill in. You don't have to complete it or even start it, but it can help get the most out of the first meeting. Try answering some of these questions now just for yourself. It might help clarify things for you and nobody else need ever see it!
Get in touch via the website. Stress that you feel your situation is urgent and Anna will prioritize finding you a time slot at the earliest possible opportunity.
Some insurance does cover you to have sessions with a therapist of your choice, however, it is important to know that the Mind Field does not bill insurance companies directly. Our relationship is with you, and we are happy to provide you with a detailed invoice to help you seek reimbursement, but insurance coverage of your sessions is decided between you and your insurer.
Please get in touch anyway. We work with various charities and organizations who sponsor people who want therapy. If you are a freelance journalist in the MENA region, the Rory Peck Trust may well pay for your sessions. The Mind Field also partners with organizations that support humanitarian volunteers to access therapy. There are options out there and we are here to help figure out what will work for you.
Lots of people describe the change in therapy as happening 'gradually, then suddenly', and the change it can bring about is a kind of irreversible tectonic change - once you've understood your inner world you can't un-understand it.
Honestly, most of us feel better after the first session. Talking to someone who gets it, someone neutral who is really listening and trying to understand our state of mind tends to be very calming. However, not every session will bring about an improvement in mood. Often we are dealing with very difficult things, the discussion of which can make us feel worse for a while. However, even feeling worse can bring a kind of relief, because it's true and real, as opposed to the confusion of being unwell. And it's always a path to something better. Therapy can be a long and complicated journey - building a trusting relationship with our therapist takes time, and finding what lies under our unhappiness and defenses is not always easy. That being said, one session is always better than no sessions. In six sessions you can get a lot of work done. Try it and see what you think!
Maybe it isn't! Try both! It would be lovely if we could just talk to friends and get well but, obviously, if talking to a friend or practicing self-care actually worked then none of us would ever have any problems. Friends can support you and help with those feelings of isolation. Self-care can help you feel a bit more able to manage day to day - but the trouble is that you have to be feeling well enough really to practice it. Try therapy - it can be transformative. Patients often talk about the 'before me' and the 'now me' and can't believe it took them so long to start.
No! You'll be much more interesting! Depression and anxiety are basically selfish in themselves - it's hard to see past them to the real lives and experiences of other people. It's hard to see a world outside our own problems when we're in trouble. When we're well we can be engaged and open, able to interact with the real world.