GP & Healthcare Professionals
Step 2: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) offer an average of 4-6 sessions of face-to-face or telephone-based guided self-help based on the principles of CBT, such as:
Psychoeducation about common mental health problems
Identifying and challenging negative automatic thoughts
Behavioural Activation for depression
Guided self-help around exposure based treatment for anxiety/phobias
Computerised CBT (cCBT)
Signposting to other local and national support services
Medication support (but advice on medication is not available)
Behavioural experiments for depression and anxiety
Step 3: Cognitive Behavioural Therapists offer an average of 10-12 one to one sessions and disorder specific groups. CBT is time-limited and goal-specific and is particularly effective for the treatment of:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Health Anxiety (hyperchondriasis)
Step 3: Counsellors offer an average of 6-8 sessions of counselling for mild to moderate problems such as adjustment reactions which may be amenable to a counselling approach such as:
Complex bereavement / complex grief
Coping with injury or illness
Depression (where CBT has been turned down as the first choice for treatment)
Developmental or life crises
Emotional, physical or sexual abuse issues (except in the case of active PTSD)
Family relationship issues
Loss, e.g. relationship, employment, health etc.
Self-image and identity issues
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.