“I wasn’t really sure what to expect from therapy before I started. I thought the only way I would feel “better” was if she could tell me I was guaranteed to have a healthy happy baby which I knew was impossible. So I was surprised how therapy was able to help me address my anxiety with the skills that I have learned. I am very thankful and grateful.

About Us

Mind in Bexley provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments and online therapy for adults with common mental health problems. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), our Talking Therapies Service, is funded by the NHS and delivered in our Mind in Bexley office, children community centres and in GP surgeries.

How can we help?

We can offer support to those struggling with low mood, frustration, depression, anxiety, sleeping difficulties that have an impact on your daily life e.g. work, relationships, family life or caring role.

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.
Self Refer to IAPT Talking Therapies

Support

Our service offers a wide range of therapeutic support including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), group therapy and online therapy. Your initial assessment will assist with identifying the appropriate treatment for you.

Referral

If you are 18+, registered with a Bexley GP and struggling with mild-moderate anxiety or depression we are here to support you.

What will happen when I refer to Mind in Bexley?

All referrals are processed Monday-Friday 9.00am–5.00pm.

After we have reviewed the information on your referral, one of our administrators will contact you to arrange an initial assessment this will be a telephone or face-to-face appointment lasting approximately 30 minutes. You will be invited to tell us more about your current problem and help us to identify the most appropriate support option for your needs.

We will do our best to ensure we offer you an appointment that suits your circumstances and supports your individual preferences, including considering accessible locations and any translator requirements.

Healthcare Professionals

Please complete the GP Referral Form below and email to bexccg.mind@nhs.net

If you have any questions about a patient you have referred to us, including questions about suitability for treatment, the types of treatment we offer, and/or waiting times, then do please contact us by telephone and we will be happy to answer your questions.

GP Referral Form