Specialist

Counselling for Epilepsy

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Specialist

Counselling for Epilepsy

 Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for people who have Epilepsy.

Counsellors & Psychotherapists who have Epilepsy.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment Support, Professional Organisations.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for people who have Epilepsy.

Counsellors & Psychotherapists who have Epilepsy.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment Support, Professional Organisations.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for people who have Epilepsy.

Counsellors & Psychotherapists who have Epilepsy.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment Support, Professional Organisations.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Psychological Support

We can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people with varying degrees of Epilepsy. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with epilepsy can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

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Psychological Support

We can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people with varying degrees of Epilepsy. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with epilepsy can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

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Therapy

Epilepsy has a considerable impact and significant social consequences. It can sometimes prevent someone from living alone or continuing to live independently. There often won’t be anybody with you if you have a seizure, for instance. 

Counselling for epilepsy supports you with mental & emotional health issues enabling you to reduce self-imposed stress & anxiety.

Our Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from epilepsy. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a life-long condition can have on your mental & emotional health.

Therapy

Epilepsy has a considerable impact and significant social consequences. It can sometimes prevent someone from living alone or continuing to live independently. There often won’t be anybody with you if you have a seizure, for instance. 

Counselling for epilepsy supports you with mental & emotional health issues enabling you to reduce self-imposed stress & anxiety.

Our Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from epilepsy. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a life-long condition can have on your mental & emotional health.

Therapy

Epilepsy has a considerable impact and significant social consequences. It can sometimes prevent someone from living alone or continuing to live independently. There often won’t be anybody with you if you have a seizure, for instance. 

Counselling for epilepsy supports you with mental & emotional health issues enabling you to reduce self-imposed stress & anxiety.

Our Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from epilepsy. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a life-long condition can have on your mental & emotional health.

Mental Health

Counselling for epilepsy is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. We can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic.

Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

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Mental Health

Counselling for epilepsy is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. We can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic.

Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

Mental Health

Counselling for epilepsy is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. We can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic.

Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

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Impact

Epilepsy can affect how you live daily and how you see yourself and relate to others. You might feel hopeless about the future and not burden others with your feelings. These are typical responses; however, support, information, and effective counselling can help remove your feelings of dependence.

The emotional impact of epilepsy can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a specialist counselling service with specialist therapists can help you through your journey with shared experiences.

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Impact

Epilepsy can affect how you live daily and how you see yourself and relate to others. You might feel hopeless about the future and not burden others with your feelings. These are typical responses; however, support, information, and effective counselling can help remove your feelings of dependence.

The emotional impact of epilepsy can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a specialist counselling service with specialist therapists can help you through your journey with shared experiences.

Impact

Epilepsy can affect how you live daily and how you see yourself and relate to others. You might feel hopeless about the future and not burden others with your feelings. These are typical responses; however, support, information, and effective counselling can help remove your feelings of dependence.

The emotional impact of epilepsy can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a specialist counselling service with specialist therapists can help you through your journey with shared experiences.

Funding Options

Referrals

Our Counselling for epilepsy referrals cater for all types of requirements, you can contact us directly for more information or complete a self-referral form to move to the next step. We reply to you within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

NHS Applications

Counselling for Epilepsy Applications for Free NHS Funding

You will need to be referred by your GP or self-refer to your local counselling service for free short-term funding using the IAPT service.

DisabilityPlus cannot make an application for you because the NHS has a counselling service that caters for Epilepsy in most cases.

Profesional Organisations

We support many organisations with Counselling for epilepsy including solicitors, and employment support all the way through to smaller organisations that need support.

Contact us to find out more.

Self-Pay Plans

Counselling for epilepsy sessions are 50 minutes long and booked in advance.

We offer self-pay plans, including pay-by-session & saver packs where you can buy groups of 3 & 6 sessions at reduced price points.

Single Session – £85

3 Session Saver – £210 (£70)

6 Session Saver – £360 (£60)

Please contact us if you are in financial difficulties.

 

Mixed Plans

Being a major service, we can offer Counselling for epilepsy with a mixed plan. This means you can start paying privately & then if or when funding comes in you can switch to a funded model of counselling.

Contact us to find out more

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Head Office Address

DisabilityPlus House, 25 Pembroke Avenue

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General Information

Epilepsy Types

What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

 Seizures are the main symptom of epilepsy. Symptoms differ from person to person and according to the type of seizure.

Focal (partial) seizures

A focal aware seizure (previously called simple partial seizure) does not involve loss of consciousness. Symptoms include:

  • alterations to a sense of taste, smell, sight, hearing, or touch
  • dizziness
  • tingling and twitching of limbs

Focal unaware seizures (previously called complex partial seizures) involve loss of awareness or consciousness. Other symptoms include:

  • staring blankly
  • unresponsiveness
  • performing repetitive movements

 

Generalised Seizures

Generalised seizures involve the whole brain.

Subtypes include:

  • Absence seizures. Absence seizures used to be called “petit mal seizures.” They tend to cause a temporary loss of awareness and a blank stare and may cause repetitive movements like lip smacking or blinking.
  • Tonic seizures. Tonic seizures cause sudden stiffness in your legs, arms, or trunk muscles.
  • Atonic seizures. Atonic seizures lead to loss of muscle control. They’re also called “drop seizures” because a sudden loss of muscle strength can make you fall suddenly.
  • Clonic seizures. Clonic seizures are characterised by repeated, jerky muscle movements of the face, neck, and arms.
  • Myoclonic seizures. Myoclonic seizures cause spontaneous quick twitching of the arms and legs. Sometimes these seizures cluster together.
  • Tonic-clonic seizures. Tonic-clonic seizures used to be called “grand mal seizures.” Symptoms include:
    • stiffening of the body
    • shaking
    • loss of bladder or bowel control
    • biting of the tongue
    • loss of consciousness

Following a seizure, you may not remember having one or feel slightly ill for a few hours.

For more information on living with Epilepsy, follow this link to the NHS website.

Epilepsy & Mental Health

Epilepsy Definition

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden rush of abnormal electrical activity in your brain. Doctors diagnose epilepsy when you have two or more episodes with no other identifiable cause.

Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.

Anyone can develop epilepsy, but it is most common in young and older adults. According to research published in 2021, men develop epilepsy more often than women, possibly because of higher exposure to risk factors like alcohol use and head trauma.

The two main types of seizures are:

  • generalised seizures
  • focal seizures

Generalised seizures affect your whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, involve only one part of your brain.

A mild seizure may be difficult to recognise. It may only last a few seconds, and you may remain awake while it happens. More substantial attacks can cause spasms and uncontrollable muscle twitches. They can last from a few seconds to several minutes and may cause confusion or loss of consciousness. Afterwards, you may have no memory of a seizure happening.

There’s currently no cure for epilepsy, but it can be managed with medications and other strategies.

Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability

Epilepsy does not cause severe intellectual problems, but the two can occur together and be caused by the same thing. For example, low oxygen, injury or infection at birth may cause mental retardation, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy.

The degree of cognitive or intellectual problems is related to

  • epilepsy starting at an early age
  • having many seizures
  • having an underlying brain lesion
  • poor seizure control
  • how long does it take to get seizures controlled

In young children, development can be delayed due to uncontrolled seizures.

Individuals with severe intellectual problems have higher rates of brain abnormalities (or changes in the brain structure). They may result in different kinds of seizures.  These also usually start in early life.

Epilepsy and Depression

Depression in people with epilepsy is ubiquitous and an essential issue for children and adults. Symptoms of depression can be constant or change over time. They can vary from mild to severe and may significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. Depressed persons may lose interest in hobbies, have changes in appetite, feel sad, angry, or scared, and have trouble sleeping.

Many possible causes of depression in people living with epilepsy have been identified.

  • The most common cause is an injury to a part of the brain that controls mood.
  • Hormone levels and deficient estrogen can also trigger depression and affect seizure frequency.
  • Anti-seizure medications, like phenobarbital, can affect mood centres and may increase the risk of depression.

Depression, with or without epilepsy, is treatable.

  • Treating depression and epilepsy involves identifying the best combination and the lowest dose possible of anti-seizure medications and antidepressants to maintain seizure control and improve depression.
  • Psychotherapy, education, and family therapy can also be beneficial. 

Epilepsy and Cognitive Disorders

  • Adults’ most frequent cognitive complaints are feeling slowed down mentally, memory impairment, and attention problems.
  • Memory problems are an essential feature of seizures arising from one part of the brain called the temporal lobe. Short-term memory problems are seen most often.
  • Dementia has also been diagnosed in some people with poorly controlled epilepsy.
  • Medications can also affect memory.

Epilepsy and Anxiety

Anxiety is related to epilepsy in different ways.

  • Anxiety can occur as a reaction to the diagnosis, a symptom of seizures, or even a side effect of some anti-seizure medications.
  • Most frequently, anxiety appears after the diagnosis of epilepsy or after the first seizure and can involve the fear of having another event.
  • Feeling social isolated or rejected due to epilepsy may influence anxiety symptoms.
  • Causes of epilepsy can also play a role in the development of anxiety.

The best way to address these problems includes epilepsy counselling & psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, and, in some cases, anti-anxiety medications. Learn more about anxiety and epilepsy.

Epilepsy and Behavioural Issues

  • Epilepsy influences the lives of people with seizures and families as it restricts activities and forces specific behaviours. Taking medicines, not driving, maintaining regular sleep cycles, limiting alcohol use, and making other lifestyle changes can lead to feeling a loss of independence.
  • Factors associated with behavioural problems involve fear, stress, frustration, and embarrassment of having seizures.
  • Areas in the brain that control emotions and behaviour may not work correctly due to epilepsy.
  • Finally, anti-seizure medications can change the balance of chemicals in the brain that may affect a person’s behaviour.

Side Effects of Medications

Many anti-seizure medications can cause psychological changes.

  • Older medications like phenytoin, carbamazepine, and phenobarbital have been related to memory difficulties.
  • Topiramate has been associated with word-finding difficulties; however, these tend to be related to high doses. Newer medications are less likely to cause this type of side effect.
  • Levetiracetam is associated with changes in mood or behaviour and can worsen other psychiatric conditions.
  • Some seizure medications can be helpful and be used as mood stabilisers too, (for example lamotrigine, carbamazepine, valproic acid). These tend to positively affect memory, behaviour, and anxiety.
  • Older people living with epilepsy are more vulnerable to the side effects of anti-seizure medicines.
  • Learn more about seizure and epilepsy medicine side effects.

Non-drug Treatments

  • Epilepsy surgery usually does not cause psychological problems, and improving seizure control can help memory.
  • Neurostimulation is another technique that can improve mood and quality of life.

Get help with counselling for epilepsy by contacting us.