Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Wiltshire's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service
Who are we here for?
Many people go through periods of difficulty which can impact on day-to-day life.
We offer brief psychological therapy to help people with a variety of problems such as:
- Low mood/depression
- Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)
- Post-natal depression or anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety
- Health anxiety
What is brief psychological therapy?
This is short term therapy using a step by step approach rather than counselling. It has been proven to help with a variety of common mental health conditions.
It involves working with a trained Psychology Practitioner, who will support you to:
- Understand more about the difficulties you are having.
- Learn to use some psychological techniques to manage these difficulties.
What will be expected of me?
For brief psychological therapy to be effective, you will be required to be actively involved in setting goals for yourself and motivated in practicing new strategies and techniques.
You will be required to fill in a short questionnaire for each session.
What we can offer:
One to one appointments last about 45 minutes and usually take place in your local GP surgery.
Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will discuss what options may be best suited to your individual needs in an initial assessment. Following on from this, you can be offered a course of treatment.
We offer a range of psycho-educational courses in various locations. These aim to increase your understanding and to develop techniques to manage your symptoms.
Courses usually run once a week for four weeks, with each session lasting two hours. They are run mostly in the evenings across Wiltshire. We do also offer a few daytime courses in certain locations and some are run for a whole day on a Saturday.
Online Support Programme:
SilverCloud is an online self-help programme which helps you learn techniques to overcome low mood, anxiety and stress.
Through SilverCloud you will receive online and telephone support. It is a flexible and easy to use programme and can be accessed through your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Support is provided for 12 weeks, but you will have access to the programme for a whole year.
Long Term Health Conditions
Living with a long term health condition can be worrying, frustrating and stressful. We offer a Wellbeing Service where you can learn tools and techniques to help you to manage your emotional wellbeing and maximise your physical health.
We also work with other health care providers (such as your GP and Physical Health Specialists) to ensure you have ‘joined-up care’ and that your physical and emotional wellbeing is supported.
How to access the service
Individual sessions are held in confidence. We will record your attendance in your GP record along with a brief note of your progress.
For courses, we simply write to your GP saying which course you have attended.
If we have any concerns about your safety or another person’s safety, we have a duty to share information with other professionals, but this will be discussed with you.
How to access the service
You can book yourself a place on one of our courses through our website or by phoning our office.
If you wish to be seen for a one-to-one appointment to assess your needs, please telephone our office in Devizes and speak to one of our team who can answer any of your queries.
Anyone dealing with low mood, depression, anxiety, panic, stress, worry, obsession, compulsion (OCD) Post natal anxiety or depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger difficulties or social anxiety.
Our team are based in most surgeries throughout Wiltshire, so it is possible to be seen at your registered GP practice.
The page was last updated on 1 November 2018