Frequently asked questions
Is talking good for your mental health?
No matter who you are or what your situation is, talking is good. Talking helps us validate our opinions, it helps us understand new options and most importantly it can help us deal with times when we feel troubled.
Talking about your issues or difficulties can help you make sense of what is affecting you and assist you in exploring what can be done to address the underlying problems and alleviate distress. Talking strengthens our ties with other people and this helps us stay well and in good mental health.
What are talking therapies?
You may often find that when you have a problem or an issue, you talk it through with a close friend or a family member. This is natural and a good thing to do but you may find that they cannot always help you solve your problems and you continue to feel low. This is when you may need to see a professional therapist.
Talking therapy involves talking to people who are specially trained to listen to your problems and to help you deal with your feelings and to find solutions. Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect these can have on behaviour and mood. Describing what’s going on inside and how that makes you feel can help you highlight any unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour that you may want to address. Through the help of a therapist, you can begin to make changes in your life and learn to take greater control of your mental health.
Talking Therapy does not necessarily involve having a one-to-one session. We also run many different, and very effective, group classes where people can learn from each other as well as from a professionally qualified therapist.
How long does therapy take?
The length of therapy can greatly depend on the type you receive and how well you respond to it. Some individuals only need 4-6 sessions, whereas others can need up to 20 sessions. We follow the recommendations of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence but we will tailor this to meet the needs of individuals where appropriate. A session of one-to-one therapy usually lasts between 30 minutes to an hour (dependant on the course of the session); while group sessions are typically 2 hours long.
How long will it be until I feel better?
Just like physical illness, mental illness cannot be ‘cured’ overnight. It can be a long process and requires a considerable amount of effort on your part as well as the therapist. With talking therapies it isn’t a case of “see a therapist and I’ll be cured”. In fact, it is not always certain that you will be cured. It can often be the case that we provide you with the tools to manage your own mental health and prevent any future relapses.
Will it require a lot of effort?
Talking therapy is an interactive and collaborative process in which both the therapist and the patient work together to achieve the desired results. The individual who is determined to get the most from their therapy, most likely will.
Talking therapies may require you to recall distressing memories or to discuss sensitive topics. Our therapists are highly skilled and will help you with this but it is essential that you are ready and willing to be honest and open with both yourself, and the therapist, in order to achieve the most effective results.
When can talking therapies be helpful?
Talking therapies can be extremely helpful and effective for treating a range of emotional and psychological problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and phobias.
Talking therapies can also help people deal with difficult life events such as bereavement.
A very wide range of people can benefit from talking therapies, but no one type of therapy works for everyone. Different kinds of therapy work well for different people.
How do I get a talking therapy?
You will receive your talking therapy, free of charge, through the NHS. Make an appointment with your GP who will refer you to the service. You can also be referred by other health professionals if they feel our service is suited to your needs. Additionally, you may self-refer yourself by visiting one of our services.
You will be seen for an assessment with one of our psychological wellbeing practitioners who will discuss your needs with you. We aim to see you as quickly as possible but some therapies may require a wait of several weeks. You will be advised about when you can expect your appointment for treatment to begin.
What kinds of talking therapy are there?
We offer both individual therapy and group classes. We have therapists trained in a range of different types of therapy that are all recommended by the Department of Health.