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Guided self-help Talking Therapies

Guided self-help

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What is Guided Self Help (GSH)?

  • It is a brief therapy based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View types of difficulties here.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
  • Guided Self Help can be delivered over the telephone or in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 30 minutes.

How do I access it? 

  • You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Guided Self Help is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Guided Self Help as soon as one becomes available.

Who supports me?

  • A Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.

What are the benefits?

  • You will get support to understand your current difficulties and how they are affecting you.
  • You will have a chance to learn techniques to change unhelpful thinking and unhelpful behaviours that are maintaining your current difficulties
  • This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
  • Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will introduce you to a range of self- help materials and guide you in how to use them.
  • Guided Self Help can reduce the symptoms of common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress.
  • Guided Self Help is evidenced base and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)

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