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 can also be called counselling and psychotherapy.
- Talking therapy involves talking with a professional about issues or problems that may be affecting your mental and emotional health.
- Talking therapies can help you to figure out what may have caused problems and learn ways to manage them.
- There are different types of talking therapy. Finding the right therapy will depend on your problem, what is available and what you want.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is widely available on the NHS. CBT focuses on the “here and now”. CBT looks at how thoughts can affect how you feel and aims to change these.
- Most NHS trusts offer free talking therapy through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. You can usually self-refer or ask your GP to refer you.
- You can find a private therapist. Some therapists offer reduced rates if you are on a low income.
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