It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you or you feel that you are unable to cope, then Let's Talk - Wellbeing can help.
We offer a range of therapies, information and support to help you understand the difficulty you are experiencing and how to manage this. You can read more about the range of support we offer below.
One to One Therapy
We may feel that one to one therapy is the best option for your needs. This will involve regular one to one sessions with a therapist either face to face, video call or by phone. We offer sessions in many locations in the community and you will be given a choice of where these can take place. Phone and video call appointments offer flexibility for your appointment times and reduce the need to travel.
At your first appointment your therapist will work with you to understand what the problem is and to agree the next steps. Together, you will plan a programme of support and self help activities and will decide how long this support is needed. Your therapist may use a range of therapies in the sessions to help you. More information about these can be found below:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a treatment that can help with a wide range of problems including depression and anxiety, sleep problems and coping with long term health conditions. It is based on the idea that the way we feel is affected by our thinking (cognition) and by how we behave and CBT aims to help address this.
There are times when things get on top of all of us and we could do with some help. We will give you the time to talk about what is troubling you. By talking things through you can often get a clearer understanding of yourself and of the difficulties you are having. It is a way of taking more control of your life and beginning to change the things that you want to change.
Treatment of depression and relationship distress in couples where there is a distressed couple relationship that appears to be a factor in maintaining depressive symptoms in one partner or both partners. The aim is to support couples to change the way they communicate with and behave towards each other, so that they can both cope better with the depression and offer each other more support.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT is a structured form of psychotherapy which looks at the ways for instance relationships contribute to psychological stress. It provides a focused way of treating symptoms of depression.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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 distressing memory seems to become frozen and when triggered the initial distress returns. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system. The distressing memories then lose their intensity, so that they are less distressing and more like ‘ordinary’ memories.
SilverCloud is an online support package that provides a broad range of programmes to help you in your recovery journey. Designed to help with symptoms of low mood and anxiety, it’s flexible for use anytime, on your computer, tablet or on a mobile phone. You work at your own pace with ongoing reviews from your therapist.
IESO provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) using an online, live text based platform. No travel is required and appointments are also available in the evenings and weekends. If you are struggling to actually speak to a therapist but would find it easier to write your thoughts and feelings down then this approach could be right for you. This option for treatment can be discussed with you at your initial assessment appointment.
Stress is something we have all experienced in one form or another. When it starts to affect our daily functioning, it may be time to seek support to manage it.
Our Stress Control course can help you to manage symptoms of stress, whether they are related to low mood or anxiety. Our lecture based course is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and will help you to develop tools and strategies. Each week we cover a different aspect of stress, including looking at our unhelpful thinking patterns, managing worries and sleep. To ensure you get the most from the sessions, we set tasks for you to practise each week to enable you to start to implement the strategies learnt.
Our sessions are friendly and welcoming and there is no expectation for you to share anything personal. Our Stress Control sessions are offered either online or face to face (Covid restrictions allowing).
Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT is a group programme that combines meditation and CBT in order to help people manage problems with low mood and stress. It is recommended within health guidelines as suitable for people who repeatedly suffer with depression. This programme can help reduce the risk of future episodes.
Employment Advisory Service
The Employment Advisory service (EA) is fully integrated with therapy as an additional support option for people accessing the Let’s Talk Wellbeing IAPT service.
EA offer support to people who are unemployed and seeking work, through careers advice and guidance, CV writing, on-line applications and interview preparation. In-work support covers job-retention and return to work following sickness absence, working with the individual and the employer to advise on reasonable adjustments and support in the workplace. This may also include dispute resolution, disciplinary issues and grievance procedures.
EA works collaboratively to create individually tailored support plans, which are compatible with therapy goals and recovery. The team are knowledgeable about benefits and can provide information or signpost to services as helpful.
In addition, EA’s actively network to engage employers in raising awareness of the Let’s Talk Wellbeing IAPT service to contribute to the Employee Wellbeing agenda.
Physical Health Long Term Conditions
We know that living with a long-term condition, getting a new diagnosis, coping with and managing relapses and flareups can be challenging and stressful at times. This may be because the health condition itself can be demanding to manage, having a significant impact upon different aspects of life including routine activities, mood, energy, sleep and relationships. Therapy is suitable for anyone who would like help to better manage their health condition and wellbeing and start to live well with a long-term condition.