This section provides information on some of the different treatment options that italk can provide.
Following your initial Telephone Assessment, your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner could incorporate any of the following interventions into your treatment plan. These will be tailored to fit your individual needs and help you work towards recovery:
Guided Self-Help. This uses self-help materials (in the form of booklets/worksheets) based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with regular telephone support from your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. It encourages you to work through the materials and set goals on a weekly basis as agreed by yourself and your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT). This is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that you can access online, at a time and location convenient for you.
Face to face appointments. We are able to offer face to face appointments within the local community if telephone appointments aren't suitable, for example if you are hard of of hearing or have a telephone phobia.
Employment Support. We have Employment Advisers to help you sort out problems at work that are related to your mental health difficulties.
Signposting to other services. If we think there are other services that could help, we can point you in the right direction.
Medication Advice. Advice about ways of managing the effects of any medicines you may have been prescribed.
Lifestyle Support. Advice about exercise, diet, sleep and healthy living.
Bibliotherapy. Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner may suggest using the Books on Prescription scheme. These books can work well either on their own or used alongside other forms of treatment. You can borrow the books through any Hampshire Library Service. For more information please see Books On Prescription.
We understand that everyone's experience is different, so our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners will offer treatments that are best suited to your individual needs.
Treatment interventions provided are informed by NICE guidelines, relating to the appropriate management of Depression and Anxiety Disorders (2004 and subsequent revisions) and include the following:
Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy that focuses on how your thoughts, mood, behaviour and physical sensations are connected and how you may respond to the situations you find yourself in.
Inter Personal Therapy – This is a time-limited and focused therapy looking at interpersonal issues such as changes that have happened in your life, grief, loss, difficulty in beginning and maintaining relationships, or difficulties with another person.
Couples Therapy - A talking therapy that can help couples experiencing emotional difficulties. It can help both individuals to understand depression better and how to support eachother.
Of the above, the most frequently delivered therapy is CBT. CBT has been used for many years with great success to help people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders. italk's CBT therapists are BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited.
I think CBT is an excellent form of treatment. I actually wasn't sure about over the phone but it made it easier. I didn't have to worry about driving and when you're distressed, it can be nice to be in your own environment, so over the telephone has been perfect for me.