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Providing therapy services to your local GP

Many private practitioners find it difficult to obtain referrals from GP surgeries, or are unsure about contacting them in the first place. This article on the Hub contains some advice, but we’d love to hear from you with your thoughts.

Do you receive referrals from GP surgeries? How did you build a relationship with them in the first place?

Let us know below.

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6 Responses to Providing therapy services to your local GP

  1. avatar kim hamilton says:

    Here is Dorset, GP are charging counsellors for referrals so your recommendations do not work here… they are just referring to those willing to pay … not necessarily the best therapist for the job…


    • avatar Private Practice Hub says:

      Hi Kim, that is indeed a shame. It sometimes seems that things are becoming ever more difficult for us therapists!

  2. My GP is very open minded and indeed works with a hypnotherapist in his own private practice. He invited me in to do a talk for staff – this would be a good to offer so that all the doctors can see that you are professional and know what you are doing. He has recently referred 2 patients who had insomnia and been to the sleep clinic, he has also referred patients with depression who don’t want to take drugs and anxiety. These might be good avenues to start with. I do know I am lucky though!

  3. avatar Diane Holding says:

    I am a Reiki Master Teacher and have been giving Reiki to friends, family and clients (mostly free of charge) over the last 18 years or so, and I would simply LOVE to be able to offer Reiki via referrals from my GP. Unfortunately, it seems nigh on impossible to be offered this opportunity even though Reiki is gentle and non-invasive. We have a small GP practice, in a small town, and even if (as I know from comments fed back to me) the patients themselves indicate that he/she has received noticeable benefits from a Reiki session with myself by way of better sleep, less emotional anxiety AND certain physical improvements in their condition, the GP’s reaction is still overwhelmingly negative and elicits a comment to the effect that: ‘Oh well, if YOU think it’s helping……….’ – with the implication that the patient is somewhat ‘soft in the head’ for believing that Reiki could possibly be the reason for any improvement!

    Please be aware that I have never – and would never – proffer Reiki as a ‘cure’, nor would I advise a client to stop any form of medication/treatment he or she is currently receiving via their GP/Consultant, via a prescription fee, if applicable. Nevertheless, it is a fact that if an NHS patient wishes to receive Reiki then it is highly unlikely that it will be accessible, free of charge, via the local GP.

    I feel SO frustrated given that there is much clinical support (and evidence of the benefits of one-to-one Reiki) in the U.S. where complementary therapists are often attached to various hospital centres – and yes, these practitioners are positively welcomed to work alongside mainstream, medical personnel! Sadly, this does not seem to be happening in this country right now to any noticeable degree. However, mention should be made that Reiki IS now being offered within certain hospice environments in the UK, to both patients and their friends/relatives/carers – much of the funding being made available via The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. Please visit their website for further information at: http://www.cancertherapies.org.uk.

    Will someone please explain to me there is this never-ending denial of the benefits of complementary therapies? Why, when NHS resources are stretched to the limit – and beyond – is there still this dogged refusal to integrate both sides of the same coin: conventional medicine and alternative forms of therapy, to assist in freeing up GP’s surgeries and/or hospital beds? Often at far less cost than certain drugs. Surely they – and we as Reiki practitioners – are all working towards the same outcome i.e. the return to better health of an individual on as many levels as possible?

    Reiki CAN make a difference – notice I didn’t say ‘cure’(!) – but it appears that patients, in the vast majority of cases, will continue to be denied this choice of therapy, free at the point of access, via the NHS.

    We are well into 2015 now and sadly, I am not optimistic that this year will see any real progress towards integration of complementary practices and mainstream medical/health care within the NHS.

    What a depressing thought!

  4. I’ve had a number of “referrals” from GPs (according to some clients) but I’ve never contacted a doctors surgery.

    - “My doctor said you were the best for this sort of thing”.

    … Gave me the doctor’s name, which I’d never heard of.

    - “We went to the GU clinic and they recommended we go and see you”.

    … A couple who thought someone was recommending me (when I suspected that the person had queried Google and given my name).

    - “My GP said that you could make this go away”

    … which showed a very poor understand of counselling (or the GP’s patient didn’t understand why they were being referred).

    I think if one is able to “get in” with local GPs and educate them on why and how they might make a refera, then referrals could be forthcoming, but otherwise my experience of GPs is that they hardly know what counselling is, why one counsellor might be more suitable than another, and often can barely make a generic “go and see a counsellor” suggestion to a patient.

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