Step 3 Treatments
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on the idea that the way you feel is affected by your thoughts and what you do. We can create unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviour which keep problems going. Often these behaviours can help you in the short term but in the long term they keep problems going. For example, someone who thinks they are a failure, might avoid applying for a promotion at work because they think they will never get it, but, by doing this, they keep the thought going that they are a failure. In CBT you learn how to identify these negative patterns and begin to change your behaviour and challenge negative thoughts. This helps you to improve your mood or anxiety and achieve your goals.
Counselling provides the opportunity to talk to an experienced counsellor who will listen carefully to you and help you think about how and why your problem has arisen, and how best to move forward with how you are feeling. Your counsellor will encourage you to talk about your current feelings, as well as your previous feelings, relationships, or similar situations. However, you will never be forced to talk about anything which you do not feel comfortable discussing.
Behavioural Couples Therapy
Behavioural Couples Therapy is useful when one partner has depression (or depressive symptoms) and it is causing a strain on the relationship. Both partners need to be involved in the therapy, which will focus on relieving stress and improving communication.
Interpersonal Therapy is a structured treatment for depression. Symptoms of depression are interpreted as a response to relationship problems. This therapy aims to improve relationships and depression by targeting particular situations which are difficult in certain relationships.
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is based on a model that assumes depression is connected with relationship problems. This therapy aims to find reoccurring patterns in previous relationships. After this pattern has been recognised, the therapist can support you to address this pattern in a current difficult relationship.
We run a number of groups, each with a different theme. Please contact your local service to find out the current timetable of groups.
Examples of groups are:
- Wellbeing for mums
- Bereavement groups
- Sleep groups
- Stress groups
- CBT groups
The groups have a welcoming and informal setting. It is not compulsory to talk in the groups, but anyone who would like to share their experiences will be greeted with a supportive atmosphere and advice from our therapists.
Groups are particularly helpful for meeting other people experiencing similar difficulties and learning from and supporting each other. Tasks are usually set by the facilitators at end of each group session to practise any new coping skills you may have learnt. Everything discussed in the group is confidential.
Mindfulness meditation is very beneficial for relieving stress and improving your mood. Mindfulness groups focus on developing skills for:
- Living in the present, instead of worrying about the future or regretting the past
- Having a greater sense of awareness of your mood and actions
- Improving physical health (e.g. improving sleep, relieving stress)
- Accepting your experiences rather than avoiding them
- Accepting yourself