If you want to try a talking therapy, you can ask your GP. If counselling or therapy isn’t available at your surgery, your GP may refer you to a local psychological therapies service.
You may also be able to self-refer for talking therapy by contacting the psychological therapies service directly yourself. You may want to discuss it with your GP first.
Alternatively, assisted as well as self-help programmes and Apps. are available for NHS patients.
What are Talking Therapies?
Different approaches to any problem/s are also available. However, the main approach within the NHS is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
CBT is more about the ‘here and now’. It’s concerned with how you think and act now, rather than focusing on difficulties in your past.
The aim of CBT is to help you understand how you think about yourself, other people and the world and how that affects your reaction to situations.
This will help you change how you think (‘cognitive’) and what you do (‘behaviour’), which are both linked to how you feel.
What's the process?
When we meet up with a counsellor or therapist, we’re given the opportunity to talk about anything that is bothering us. It’s a chance to look at our problems in a different way with someone who will respect our opinions.
They listen without judging and guide us towards finding the answer ourselves to our problems. They let us go at our own pace. They give us time and the space to get upset, to get angry, to cry, to laugh or just think and reflect on our situation.
Types of Talking Therapies
- Depression/low mood
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Chronic pain
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
Some people say that talking therapies can make everything better. Other people say that they don’t make problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with them and feel happier.
Online Programmes and Self-Help Apps
IESO DIGITAL HEALTH
Ieso is a world leading digital health company specialising in internet enabled evidence-based psychological therapies.
It’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy often referred to as CBT (see FAQS page) and is being used by the NHS, and anyone suffering with insomnia who is willing to pay for the service.
Big White Wall
They are guided and supported by trained professionals.
In some areas you’ll need a referral from your GP or another healthcare professional, in other areas you can refer yourself.
If Big White Wall is not available on the NHS in your area, you can join for £9.99 per month for a six month subscription. The service is also available to students at multiple universities and through several private health insurers. If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or family member you can access Big White Wall for free.
You are now able to self-refer to Italk. This means you can contact them directly without visiting your GP.
At the moment, SilverCloud is only available via an NHS referral and some non-NHS organisations.
You’ll need to contact your local mental health service to see if SilverCloud is available on the NHS in your area.
To search for talking therapies in your area, please click here
WHERETOTALK WAS FOUNDED BY DR ZARA KAY BENAMOR. CHARTERED PSYCHOLOGIST. CPSYCHOL.
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