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Guided self-help

What is guided self-help?

Guided self-help (GSH) is a brief therapy based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress.

Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. You will usually have 6-8 sessions.

GSH will usually be delivered over the telephone, but may be in person at a local health clinic. Sessions last up to 30 minutes.

Who supports me?

A Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.

What are the benefits?

  • You will get support to understand your current difficulties and how they are affecting you.
  • You will have a chance to learn techniques to change thinking patterns and behaviours that may be maintaining your current difficulties. This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
  • Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will introduce you to a range of self-help materials and guide you in how to use them.
  • GSH can reduce the symptoms of common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress.
  • GSH is evidence-based and is a therapy recommended by the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

How do I access this?

You can refer yourself by phoning 0191 282 6600 or by completing the online referral form.

What to expect

Find out more information about our service and what you can expect from the process here.

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What we offer

There are a large range of therapies available to help you within our service. You can read more about the techniques we use here.

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We have a range of courses available as part of our service. Click the link below to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

It is common to have many questions about our service, we have answered many of the common questions here.

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