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Psychological Therapy Service - italk

What is italk?

You will need a referral from your GP to this new service providing psychological therapies for people living in Eastleigh, Gosport, Havant, New Forest and Test Valley.

The treatments we offer are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

What are psychological therapies?

These are sometimes called talking therapies.

'Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you deal with times when you feel troubled about something. If you turn a worry over and over in your mind, the worry can grow. But talking about it can help you work out what is really bothering you and explore what you could do about it.

Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood. Describing what's going on in your head can help you work out where your negative feelings and ideas come from and why they are there. Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently.'

(Mental Health Foundation 2009)

Most of the treatments offered by italk are based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a type of talking therapy.

Who is it for?

People over the age of 16 who have problems such as depression/anxiety. This could include obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What can you expect?

To talk to a professional about your concerns.

To be listened to without judgement.

The type of therapy or support we can offer depends on your particular concerns or problems. For some people their therapy and support may continue for a few weeks. For others it may be longer.

Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or High Intensity Therapist will explain what level of therapy or support we can offer you and why.

What therapies and support may be available to you?

  • Guided self-help
  • Group workshops
  • Employment support
  • Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (c-CBT)
  • Signposting to other services
  • Lifestyle support
  • Medication Advice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What happens next?

We've produced a guide to what happens next and this can be viewed by clicking here (PDF document).

What do you need to do?

To be honest with yourself and us.

To try the 'work' or 'tasks' agreed at each of your support sessions, such as keeping a diary or trying new ways of managing your problems.

To know that it is important for you to keep appointments for telephone sessions or face-to-face sessions or to let us know if you cannot make an appointment so that we can use it for someone else instead.

How will you know if it is helping you?

We hope that you will start to notice changes in how you react, feel better or feel you are starting to overcome your problems.

We will also use short questionnaires at each of the sessions. These help to measure how you are feeling and moving towards the goals you have set.

Would you like more information?

For more information about depression and anxiety: www.mind.org.uk

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