Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Our Talking Therapy Services is changing so that we can provide support for those who are self-isolating, anxious about the impact of the virus on themselves, family and their loved ones, as well as continuing to provide support for people with problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. We are also offering support to NHS staff affected by Covid-19.

To meet the challenge of Covid-19 situation we have temporarily changed the way that our services work and the support that we offer. We can offer focused support to people by telephone or video call and can also offer online treatments.

We hope to be able to move back to our normal service as quickly as we can once the Covid-19 situation is over.

If your mental health deteriorates or if you experience any thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please contact the CNWL Single Point of Access Crisis Team on 0800 0234 650 or the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

Westminster Courses, Workshops & Events

These are a great way of meeting others facing the same difficulties as you, and give you an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. They also can enable you to learn more beneficial techniques over a short period time, and the time to practice these techniques at your own pace and with the support of others before practicing them alone.

The CNWL Westminster Talking Therapies Service provides individual therapy, self-help courses and one-off workshops for people experiencing common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety and low mood. We have specialisms in working with Older Adults, those with Long Term Conditions, and Postnatal difficulties. We also offer services for perinatal difficulties and mindfulness. Please contact the Talking Therapies service to be referred. Entry into a group is subject to assessment and availability.

One-off Workshops

These are offered as part of our outreach programme to organisations or employers in Westminster. If a Westminster organisation you know of would be interested in us providing a free workshop, please contact us.
  • Confidence
    This workshop aims to build confidence and teaches ways of sustaining confidence using various cognitive-behavioural strategies. The session will cover information about what confidence is and how our thinking affects it, as well as teach techniques to improve confidence and maintain this in the future.
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    This workshop aims to increase your understanding of what CBT is and how it can help. CBT focuses on making changes to your wellbeing, and is present-focused and goal orientated. Understanding this process of therapy can help you to make the most of your CBT treatment.  The session will cover the influence of thoughts, behaviours, and physical symptoms, and how they can become part of a vicious cycle that perpetuates your difficulty.
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
    This session is aimed at those who find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from thinking about things, get caught up self-critical thoughts,  and worry about things that have happened in the past (and cannot be changed) and that might happen in the future. The session will explore what mindfulness is, how it can help, and give you the opportunity to practice some mindfulness practices.
  • Unhelpful Thinking
    This workshop is for those whose thinking habits may be getting in the way of living the life they want. This session will highlight how a vicious cycle of unhelpful thoughts can maintain depression and anxiety. It is very normal to have thinking patterns that are not always useful- we will be identifying and challenging these negative thoughts to try and encourage a more helpful way of thinking.
  • Procrastination
    This workshop will explore why we procrastinate. We will discuss behavioural changes you can make to break this cycle of procrastination, focusing on the impact of our unhelpful thoughts. The session will look at alternative ways of thinking, alternative behaviours and the effect on feelings and future thoughts/feelings/behaviours- promoting a more helpful cycle.

Multi-Session Workshops

  • Sleep course
    This 6-week rolling course is for individuals experiencing sleep problems. This means that you can join at any point in the course! There is a focus on cognitive-behavioural strategies. The sessions cover issues such as coping after a poor night’s sleep, how to manage worry and controlling the stimuli around you.
  • Stress and worry
    Stress and worry courses are 6-week rolling courses for anxiety. This means that you can join at any point in the course! There is a focus on cognitive-behavioural strategies. The sessions will cover techniques such as how to look after yourself, challenge unhelpful thoughts and how to ‘helpfully worry’.
  • Mood boost
    The mood boost course is a 6-week rolling course for individuals experiencing low mood. This means you can join at any point in the course! There is a focus on cognitive-behavioural strategies. The sessions will cover techniques such as tackling avoidance and procrastination, getting motivated and overcoming obstacles.
  • Making Sense of Emotions
    The making sense of emotions group is a six week rolling course that helps people to address difficult emotions using self-compassion. The group teaches strategies to help people understand the function behind these emotions and find ways to respond to them without judgement.
  • Long Term Conditions
    We know that an estimated 1.5 million people are living with a long-term physical health condition within London. Such conditions have been shown to increase someone’s risk of also experiencing mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. We also know that when someone is living with a long-term physical health condition their feelings of stress, anxiety and low mood can be unhelpfully over-looked. The Long-Term Conditions Team works to increase people’s awareness and understanding of the links between physical and mental health. We offer psychological therapy to support people with managing mood difficulties when these are impacting on their ability to accept and live with their long-term physical health condition.