Talking Therapies

Talking therpaies

Mind in Bexley’s IAPT Service offers talking therapies which are recommended in National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as being effective treatment for a range of problems, including:

  • Depression
  • General Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks) with and without Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias/fears
  • Post natal depression

We also currently offer talking therapies for a wider range of problems, including:

  • Long term health conditions
  • Work related/exam stress
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Living with early stage dementia
  • Living with terminal illness

The talking therapies we offer include:

CBT can help you to notice and challenge unhelpful thoughts (‘Cognitive’) and change what you do (‘Behaviour’). It focuses on your current problems and difficulties and looks for ways to improve your situation by making positive changes. It involves the therapist and client working closely together to reach the goals which you have decided on. It involves active participation and you will be expected to practice what you have learnt in between sessions.

Counselling offers you a safe time and place to talk about your feelings with a trained professional counsellor. This can lead you to increased insight and awareness, and help you to resolve your personal and psychological problems

Many of our life stresses, sadness and anxieties mean we operate on “Automatic Pilot” and miss the enjoyment of the “here and now” because we are caught up with worries or regrets. Mindfulness Classes teach us to create self awareness and the space to open up, experience and notice the present moment and enable us to choose how we respond to all of our experiences, including difficult ones.

EMDR is carried out by specially trained therapists and is recommended for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.
In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories.

Our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are trained to deliver guided self help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). They can work with you over a number of sessions (both face to face and on the telephone) to understand your problem and to achieve your goals.

They will work with you using workbooks, recommended reading, phone apps and/or computer programmes to help you master CBT techniques. If you have difficulty with reading and/or English is your second language, they are able to adapt materials to suit your needs. They are able to be flexible in spacing out sessions to fit in with your availability, and you are able to do much of the work at home in your own time.

Our guided self help is usually up to 4-5 sessions.

Our highly trained CBT Psychotherapists offer individual appointments for those requiring more intensive support than Group or Guided Self Help CBT. These appointments require a commitment to attend regularly: usually weekly or fortnightly for a set period of time.

Our CBT Psychotherapists will also ask you to practise your new CBT skills outside the sessions, at home and at work, helping you to recover from your depression and anxiety.

The number of sessions varies from problem to problem, but follows NICE guidelines

Our experienced counsellors offer a number of appointments at GP surgeries throughout the borough. Most of our counsellors are integratively trained, which means that they are flexible in their approach and can tailor the therapy to suit your individual needs. We also offer Saturday and early evening appointments with advanced student counsellors.

Our counselling is usually up to 6-8 sessions.