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Problems we are unable to help with

Our service provides psychological therapy for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The first appointment with the service is an assessment to explore your current difficulties and what you want to change, to ensure we are the right service to help you. 

Some problems that people come with but where other services are better able to provide support are listed below. 

Addiction; alcohol, drugs or gambling

Most of our clinicians are trained to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  to help with depression and anxiety disorders. Treatment for many addiction problems do often suggest CBT. However, it is best to see therapists or other specialist workers that have been trained to use CBT specifically with addiction as this is more likely to be beneficial for you. Specialist services will often have a range of staff from different disciplines to support and target different aspects of this problem. 

If you feel addiction is your main problem then the organisation or resources below may be able to help or you can discuss any other options with your GP. 

Support Groups 

  • Narcotics Anonymous 
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 
  • Smart Recovery Group for all addictions 

Online Resources 

  • Breaking free online
    An online treatment and recovery programme 
  • Down Your Drink
    An interactive website with advice and information, including a 6-week computerised course to help cut back drinking. 

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Diagnosed personality disorders and chronic difficulties with interpersonal relationships

Treatments for diagnosed personality disorders are best provided by those who have had specialist training in working with this condition and clients may need more support than the short term therapy offered in Talking Therapies.

If you have a diagnosed personality disorder, it would be best to speak to your GP about a referral to a specialist service. If you are not sure, we may offer you an assessment to help identify the most appropriate service for your needs.

Support Groups


Emergence is a service user-led organisation supporting all people affected by personality disorder including service users, carers, family and friends and professionals.

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Hallucinations and delusions

Providing a psychiatric diagnosis

Our team is made up of different types of psychotherapists – mainly Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT Therapists and Counsellors. Currently in the UK, only Psychiatrists are trained to assess and provide a diagnosis of a mental health condition. Speaking to your GP about a referral to a psychiatrist would be a good first step if this is what you are after.

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