Expertise – Our team work with people who have received a Cochlear Implant or are planning to have one. Typical issues people present to us are fear, hesitancy and worries about changes to their life culture. Our team use the Spoken Word (oral) Lip Reading & Visual Gestures. Our therapy is for people who would normally struggle using a mainstream therapist. We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected.
Why Counselling? – People who have a Cochlear Implant can have mental health issues can stem from feeling they do not fit into the Deaf or Hearing world. Issues can also stem from resentment in having the operation forced upon them. Talking Therapies do not make problems disappear, but people often say life can be easier to manage.
Modes – We help individuals with short term Therapy working on techniques & skills or longer-term personal developmental Psychotherapy.
Coaching? – We can support people who do not require mental health support with practical advice on an upcoming operation or transition, adjustment or cultural support post-operation. Cochlear Implants do not cure hearing loss or restore hearing in some people; however, they provide an opportunity for people to hear better. Coaching is a short term program generally up to 6 sessions where a person can learn essential skills & manage their expectations of an upcoming operation or come to terms with the effects of the implant post-operation.
Learnt Skills – Our mental health therapists & coaches help individuals navigate life. Cochlear Implant Counselling can help people avoid potential issues with their mental health & symptoms such as panic attacks, depression & anxieties. Our coaching team will help individuals learn essential coping skills.
Suitability – The service is typically suitable for adults/teenagers & children aged 12 and above who require Cochlear Implant counselling or coaching service. People who would benefit from our service are individuals who have mental health problems dealing with life after the operation or need coaching who have hesitancy or fear pre-implant or complications after the procedure, including change of culture or pain management.
Why Cochlear Implant Counselling or Coaching?
Cochlear Implant Counselling may be a better option than psychotherapy if:
You have specific issues or short term problems you wish to address
You wish to learn coping skills to help better manage stress and improve relationships
You are coping with life transitions and adjustments
You are looking for someone who is essentially a “coach” who can guide and support you as you learn to recognise problems and formulate healthy solutions yourself
Cochlear Implant Counselling is a short term treatment plan that will last between 6 weeks & 6 months. Clients will receive a Qualified BACP Registered Counsellor who works with individuals who require Cochlear Implant Counselling.
The Counselling or Coaching focuses on the present problem and situation of living with Implants. The counsellor will work with the individual giving guidance, support, and education to help identify and find their own solutions.
Why Cochlear Implant Psychotherapy?
A psychotherapist may be a better option than Cochlear Implant Counselling if:
You have problems that are significantly impacting your life and relationships.
You are coping with past trauma, or if you believe situations in the past may be playing a role in your current issues
Your present issues are chronic or recurring concerns
You have a chronic medical condition that is affecting your emotional well-being
You have a diagnosed mental health condition such as severe depression, mood or anxiety disorder
You have seen a counsellor, and your issues aren’t improving even though you’ve been actively working on solutions
Psychotherapy addresses the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur. Clients will work with an Accredited Psychotherapist who will deliver Cochlear Implant Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the person’s thought processes and how these may be influenced by past events in conjunction with the brain injury that cause problems in the present.
Focus on chronic or recurrent problems
Overall patterns, big picture-oriented
Long term therapy, either continuous or intermittent over a longer period
Feeling and experience focused
May include testing such as personality, intelligence
In-depth focus on internal thoughts/feelings (core issues) leading to personal growth
What is Relationship Counselling?
Our counsellors provide a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you find a way through the effects of a cochlear Implant has had on your relationships as a couple.
Together we will first help you to identify the issues or problems you are facing in your relationship.
If you decide couple counselling (couples or friends) is the way forward for both of you, you will embark on a series of short-term counselling sessions – anything between six and twelve sessions is normal, but it will depend on the issues you are experiencing.
For some couples, counselling is the start of a long process of discovery while for others, a few sessions of Cochlear Implant counselling may be all they need to move through a rough patch. You will be able to discuss your expectations with your counsellor.
SoundMind-UK team can offer differing methodologies of Cochlear Implant Counselling & Psychotherapies from the outset. Shorter-term solutions would include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, while medium to longer-term solutions includes Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis & Integrative Methodologies. Our Cochlear Implant Counselling methodologies include elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy within the treatment plan selected.
Pros of paying privately for Cochlear Implant Counselling
Get help almost immediately
Develop a closer more personal relationship with your therapist as there is no no limit on amount of sessions you require.
The NHS has a very ‘ one in one out’ style of working whereas it feels a lot more personal when you go to private sessions.
Going private means clients can choose different treatments.
Choosing to see a therapist privately gives clients greater separation from the rest of their life. Although services are available through GPs and NHS-funded mental health services, many people are worried about perceived mental health difficulties appearing on their medical records.
Cochlear Implant Counselling Paid by the NHS
SoundMind-UK can apply for NHS funded sessions for you. Sessions are free, this is the biggest advantage of the NHS funding. No application can be guaranteed to be successful. Between time of application & approval can be 12 weeks or more. There are some regions within the UK that will not fund specialist services.
Services that ask us for support includes:
Educational establishments (colleges, universities etc)
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Cochlear Implant Counselling online through our special HIPPA compliant video systems has many advantages including:
Online counselling gives you the opportunity to speak to a therapist, counsellor or analyst online, without having to meet them face to face.
Online therapy is more convenient than traditional therapy. Instead of driving to a therapist’s office for every session, you can simply log on to our video platform from the comfort of home.
Using the online systems clients have flexible scheduling, making to fit a session into the day.
Video counselling is also helpful for people who struggle to access in-person treatment for one reason or another. They may have a disability, lack transportation, live too far away from a treatment location, or be unable to leave their house. Online sessions make it possible for these people to receive the mental health treatment they need.
Cochlear Implant Counselling in-person
SoundMind-UK offer in-person sessions within Central London & Birmingham, Newcastle. Sussex within Canvey, Surrey within Elmbridge, Durham & Hartlepool
New therapy rooms being added throughout 2021 & 2022