Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Psychological Wellbeing

Most people – around one in four – will experience some form of mental health problem during their lifetime. After all, we don’t expect our physical health to be perfect all the time, and the same applies to our mental health too. These problems can’t always be overcome by a single visit to your GP or by medication alone – and that’s when psychological wellbeing can help. We’re here to offer you the time and care to help you deal with your problems and improve your situation.

Our trained and qualified staff, in discussion with you, will decide which treatment will work best for you and your problems. You’ll find we’re sympathetic, understanding, positive and practical. We work with all kinds of people from all walks of life and we have the experience to help you.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports the frontline NHS in implementing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. It was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available.

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) are trained to help people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. A PWP will offer short-term talking therapy and guided self-help if you are experiencing symptoms indicating anxiety and depression. Your practitioner will:

  • Work with you to plan an individual programme to help you understand your feelings. Help you get the best from medication prescribed by your GP by giving you information and support. Introduce you to self-help materials, based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and guide you in ways to help yourself. Introduce you to support groups that may help you. Constantly review your progress and recommend alternative treatment options where suitable.
  • What does the treatment consist of?
    You will be offered up to six, 45 minute, sessions either face to face or over the telephone or, if you wish, you can join a therapeutic group.

    Where and When?
    At a time and location of your choice where possible.

    What if it does not work?

    A system of scheduled reviews to detect and act on non-improvement is in place to enable stepping up to more intensive treatments, stepping down where a less intensive treatment becomes appropriate and stepping out when an alternative treatment or no treatment become appropriate.

    “Treatment should always have the best chance of delivering positive outcomes while burdening the patient as little as possible. “

    As with so many health services, demand outstrips supply so every available psychological wellbeing treatment session is of value. Your non-attendance means that other people are deprived of the opportunity to receive treatment and NHS money is being wasted.

    If you are unable to attend a session you need to inform your practitioner as soon as possible. If you have a planned absence, discuss it with your practitioner and alternative dates and times will be offered.

    Please note that repeated cancellations and failure to attend will lead to a discharge from the service.