This section gives information about talking therapies. It explains the different kinds of treatment available and how to get them. This section explains how you can get treatment on the NHS and privately
- Talking therapy involves talking about problems with a trained professional. These problems are usually linked to your mental and emotional health.
- Talking therapies try to figure out what may have caused your problems in the first place and learn ways of managing them.
- There are different types of talking therapy. Finding the right therapy will depend on your problem, what is available in your area and what you want.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is widely available on the NHS. CBT focusses on the “here and now”. CBT looks at how automatic thoughts can affect how you feel and aims to change these.
- Psychotherapy is another type of talking therapy. Psychotherapy focuses on your early relationships and experiences and how they impact on current relationships.
- You will need to go to your GP or key health care professional, such as a social worker or nurse, to get therapy on the NHS.
- You can find a private therapist, prices range from £50-£100 an hour. Some therapists are willing to offer reduced rates if you are on a low income.
- You can get talking therapy from a therapist, social worker, nurse, psychologist, psychiatrist or wellbeing practitioner. You should only get therapy from someone who is properly trained.
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These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2016. Next review February 2019.
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