Therapy & Therapists


Going through selective mutism, whether you have it yourself or know someone with it, can be tough. Although therapy isn’t for everyone, it can be a lifeline for those who are lucky enough to find the right type of therapy and the right therapist for them.

Types of therapy

  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – changing your thought and behaviour patterns to disconnect from the anxiety
  • Desensitization therapy – slowly working up to anxiety-producing situations to get used to them step by step. The ‘sliding-in’ technique often used in schools is an example of this

Getting close to horses in equine therapy

  • Animal therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Somatic therapy – a holistic approach looking at both body and mind

Making bubbles with play therapy

Links

The aim of this page is to compile a list of therapists and therapy websites who have experience working with people who have SM.

This is going to be an on-going project and hopefully the list will continue to grow. If you are a therapist and would like to be added please email contact@findingourvoices.co.uk with your details.

Here’s a few websites you might find helpful when you’re researching possible therapy

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory was set up by a team, who through their own experiences, have learnt how the right support can help transform lives. With over 10,000 qualified counsellors listed on the site; visitors are able to find a counsellor in their local area appropriate for their needs.

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/

welldoing.org

welldoing.org is a site devoted to mental health, self-development and wellbeing, with its own directory of therapists and counsellors.

https://welldoing.org/

7 Cups

7 Cups is a free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists and counsellors

http://www.7cups.com/

Confident Children

Confident Children: Helping children to realise they are braver than they believe, stronger than they seem and smarter than they think

http://www.confidentchildren.co.uk/

If you’re worried that face to face therapy might be too much at first, it’s worth asking if online therapy is available. Some therapists may also offer a free trial session, so that you can see if it is something that will benefit you.

Not ready to take the leap and start therapy just yet? Have a look at the self-help page (coming soon!) for ideas on a smaller scale

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