Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talking Heads; Findings: The Standard on 26 February Self Image: Dr Linda Papadopoulos Is an Expert at Dealing with Body Issues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talking Heads; Findings: The Standard on 26 February Self Image: Dr Linda Papadopoulos Is an Expert at Dealing with Body Issues

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Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD

TAKING drugs like Prozac is a waste of time, say scientists.

Antidepressants may be used by more than 40 million people but a new study hasrevealed they have little more impact than sugar pills.

Experts at the University of Hull found that only severely depressed patientsappeared to benefit from taking "happy pills"..

The fact is that one in four of us will suffer from some form of depression.

So if the drugs don't work, what are the alternatives? Doctors have been swiftto warn people not to ditch their medication just yet. But there is growingevidence that therapy is as goodif not betterthan pills in transforming the mood of patients. And talking cures such ascognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), are proven to have long-term benefits,unlike drugs..

Buttoned-up Britons have not always found it easy to talk openly aboutdepression. But this is changing, especially with public figures includingStephen Fry and Alastair Campbell coming forward about their struggles with the"blues".

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) says demand isso great that there are now more than 30,000 qualified therapists in Britain.

Visiting a "shrink" to overcome our anxieties no longer carries the same stigmait used to, and increasing numbers of Londoners are copying their Americancousins by spending time on the therapist's couch.

As the evidence grows that therapy is more successful than pills, theGovernment is backing psychotherapy for better mental health. It has alreadypromised to spend [pounds sterling]170 million by 2010 on "talking cures" for depression andanxiety..

WORKPLACE PROBLEMS

LINDA ASPEY Psychodynamic and group relations counsellor specialising incorporate clients. Especially good on workplace relationships and tackling"dysfunctional" managers.

Her theory is that work tyrants are really expressing their insecuritiesbecause they are doormats at home.

Contact: Aspey Associates, 90 Long Acre, WC2 (0845 170 1300, www.aspey.com).

Cost: [pounds sterling]5,000 for a half-day seminar with three-month follow-ups.

BEST FOR WOMEN

PROFESSOR SUSIE ORBACH Former patients include Diana, Princess of Wales. Orbachis known for being "female-friendly". She specialises in psychoanalytical andcouples "relational" therapy.

Orbach is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre in London and is alsovisiting professor at the London School of Economics.

Contact: private practice in Belsize Park (020 7794 8226).

Cost: she does not have fixed fee agreed individually with patients.

FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

MICHAEL ELLIS Director of the Gestalt Centre in London. This holistic therapyencourages patients to express their insecurities through physical actionssuch as drawing and moving. She can also help those who do not feel comfortableintellectualising their problems..

Ellis has a background in social and youth work.

Contact: Highgate consultancy, 1 Hillside, Highgate Road, NW5 (020 7281 9443).

Cost: sliding scale depends on income.

FATHER/SON ISSUES

PROFESSOR ANDREW SAMUELS Samuels, who has counselled politicians, specialisesin Jungian analysisa long-term treatment that focuses on the subconscious mind and attachmenttheories.

Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Contact: Andrew@andrewsamuels.

com.

Cost: depends on circumstances.

BEREAVEMENT

ANNE COLE Cole trained in dance education and uses her creative approach tohelp couples and single people. She also runs group workshops. Cole began hercareer in the NHS and is an expert in dealing with bereavement and the impactof life changes, such as a new job, on mental health.

Contact: Gestalt Centre, EC2; (annecole622@btinternet. …

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