Sometimes the waiting lists for the NHS Counselling and NHS Therapy services can be quite long. If this is the case then people often choose to go to a private counsellor for their mental wellbeing. You may feel that you have signs of depression, symptoms of anxiety or symptoms of stress. You may just need someone outside of your personal life who you can trust to speak to about your feelings.
Ever wondered if it is worth committing to something before trying it?
An informal meeting at my practice can address this. You will get a feel for the space I offer, check if you are comfortable with me, briefly talk about your needs & receive an overview of Therapy.
Sessions also available in Portuguese.
48h notice – no charge.
Less than 48h notice – full session due.
Non attendance – full session due.
Anxiety & Depression, Loss & Grief Counselling, Bereavement Counselling, Creative blocks, Work Related Stress, LGBTQ+, Mental Wellbeing, Identity related, Sexuality, Trauma, Digital Dependency, Attachment issues, Abuse/sexual/physical/ emotional, Panic Attacks, Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts, Family issues, Relationship issues, Anger, Confidence/self-esteem, Isolation/Loneliness, Domestic violence, Gender Identity, Self care issues, PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Developing self-awareness, Body image, Gender Dysphoria, Feeling sad, Bullying, Stress, Cultural issues.
In direct response to the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, alongside what was learned whilst supporting creatives through the crisis with their mental health, this new service is now available.
threadUp Free, is FREE time limited therapy (6 sessions), aiming to support those in the creative industry, who have lost their income as a direct impact of the Coronavirus crisis.
If you’re a creative (performing artist, musician, designer, culinary arts chef; but not limited to those) experiencing mental health difficulties, get in touch so we can discuss your needs and arrange your therapy if appropriate.
This service will be available online only, subject to availability and have a possible waiting time, as the service grows in popularity.
Cancellation policy of 48h minimum notice prior to a therapy session applies.
Mental health support & well-being in festivals & creative events
(service by quote only)
If you are involved with working at the GMF in any capacity eg: performer, production, flyerer, tech, etc; then you can access entirely free – confidential – independent mental health & wellbeing support, via phone or video call on each Tuesday during the festival. (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th September.)
The service consists of one off 50 minute sessions, to support anyone at the fringe with anything they may be experiencing: stress, anxiety, low moods, etc. The support will be delivered by qualified counsellor Rafaela Nunes (MBACP) between the hours 10am-6pm.
Please contact Rafaela directly on any of the Tuesdays during the GMF to access this support:
What is threadUp pitchUp?
Benefits of threadUp pitchUp:
I have been supporting the mental health of creatives & artists for a few years now; through the one-to-one therapy I offer in my practice I learned a great deal about the challenges this community faces in their personal life, in their day to day and when they are performing or working in festivals & creative events.
The negative impact on mental health I have witnessed many of my clients experience and learn to manage and/or overcome, is one that can be exacerbated when they are part of a festival or large event, performing or working alongside performers in order to entertain a crowd, large or small.
I observed this closely when I attended The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, to record the launch of a podcast – Psycomedy – which explores the psychology of comedians – with host Nathan Cassidy. I had the opportunity to talk with several performers and meet many of the producers and the technical support of the festival. The levels of stress, anxiety and at times desperation I came across, was stark.
As a counsellor already supporting creatives in a small scale (one-to-one therapy), I felt that much more could be done to support the community on a larger scale; I had approached organisers of a few festivals (comedy, music and others) but was met with somewhat tokenism. I came to understand then that financial resources in these large creative events still aren’t allocated meaningfully towards the mental health & well-being of its workers (and in some festivals such help is skewed towards the audience rather than the workers) – imagine that, the ones who create the magic are sometimes overlooked in this domain! I started putting a pilot together aimed to provide support at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2020, but the Covid-19 crisis hit and this couldn’t go ahead.
Since then I teamed up with other partners and have been developing a service that can attend to the need of improving mental health, well-being & self-care of all performers/creatives/workers of festivals and creative events.