Talking Therapies treatments
Many of the treatments within Talking Therapies use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, however some other treatments are also helpful, particularly for moderate and more severe depression. So as well as CBT based treatments, we also have available counselling and Interpersonal Therapy as choices for you to access.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively help with many types of problems which include:
- Phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia)
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
There are a number of different treatments that can be delivered within Talking Therapies and you will be given support to help you decide on the best way for you to receive treatment.
The Wellbeing courses are a learning environment where you will be taught how to use different strategies and techniques based on cognitive behavioural self-help techniques. We encourage each course member to participate to some degree (but this is not essential) and if you feel comfortable, share how your experiences are relevant to the material being discussed. One of the main features of self help is that we teach and discuss techniques and strategies during the courses and then you practise these in your own time - up to about 20 minutes a day, which you fit into your day.
The main aim of Guided Self-Help is to support you in learning how to make positive changes to your behaviour and thinking in order to feel better. It is based on CBT and delivered by trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
Within Talking Therapies we have found this approach to be very effective in helping people to recover from a variety of difficulties including low mood, lack of motivation, anxiety, panic and stress.
Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a way of gaining the benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from the comfort of your own home.
Blues Be Gone
This programme tackles anxiety and depression and uses many of the CBT methods. Blues Begone is personalised to your needs so it will give you the support and help that you specifically require.
We will ask you to use the programme for approx. 0.5 hours a day, for four to five days a week for 6-8 weeks on your own home computer. We will follow you through the process. We will use regular phone calls to encourage you along the way and offer you extra help and support with your journey.
We also have some other computerised programmes that work in a similar way but can be used for other difficulties such as:
- Low self esteem
- Social anxiety
The support you will be given with these programmes works in the same way, so you will be encouraged to complete the programme in your own time and we will offer you regular telephone contact to support you through the programme.
Stress Less is an evening class: there are four sessions, each lasting for 90 minutes. This course is delivered to large audiences of people who want to learn how to manage their stress better.
If you sign up for Stress Less, you will learn about stress and strategies and tools ot help you manage it better. You will be encouraged to practice what you have learned between sessions. After four weeks, you should feel well-equipped to manage your stress more effectively.
During face to face CBT you will meet with your therapist, usually at the same time and place weekly or fortnightly. During the first few sessions your difficulties are discussed and it will become clearer during this time whether CBT will be helpful for you. You and your therapist will create a treatment plan, outlining what treatment methods will be used and roughly how long treatment will last.
Counselling allows you to explore your difficulty, distress you may be experiencing or perhaps your dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose.
It can give you an opportunity to explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a structured Therapy for people with moderate to severe Depression. A central idea in IPT is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in our everyday interactions with others. In turn, the depressed mood can also affect the quality of these interactions. When a person is able to interact more effectively with others, their psychological symptoms often improve. IPT can typically focuses on the following relationship areas:
- Conflict with another person
- Life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others
- Grief and loss
- Difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going
These new Diabetes Wellbeing Groups are specifically for people who have diabetes and low mood or anxiety. The six weekly sessions cover factors around living with diabetes as well as identifying and learning coping strategies to help with anxiety and depression. The Diabetes Wellbeing Groups will run in afternoons and evenings in Reading, Newbury and Wokingham. You can refer yourself - please quote 'diabetes'.