NHS TALKING THERAPIES
Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
Who can have talking therapies on the NHS?
You need to be registered with a GP to get talking therapies on the NHS, but you do not need a referral from a GP. You can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) on line.
You need to be aged 18 or over. Some services offer treatment for young people aged 16 and 17, but you need to check this with individual services.
What can talking therapies help with?
You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health problem to refer yourself to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT).
You may be:
- having panic attacks
- struggling with flashbacks and nightmares
- feeling low and hopless
Perhaps you're finding it hard to cope with work, life or relationships.
Other things that talking therapies can help with include:
- constant worrying
- obsessive thoughts or behaviours
- fear of social situations
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