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Guided Self Help

Guided Self Help is based on cognitive behavioural therapy. It is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment if you are struggling with anxiety and depression.

In Guided Self Help sessions you and a specially trained clinician work together, using expertly devised self-help workbooks. The sessions will help you develop ways of understanding the impact of your thoughts, feelings and what you do, and to learn practical tools and strategies to better manage your difficulties. You will be helped to set goals, and between sessions the clinician will encourage you to put your new skills into practice.

Who do we see?

We’re here to help if you’re aged 18 and over and are experiencing difficulties with anxiety or with depression. You also need to be registered with a GP in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea or Borough of Westminster wards of Queens Park or Paddington.

How can we help?

We have a range of talking therapies and support ready to help you if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or worried. When you have your first telephone assessment your therapist will discuss the options and identify the one most helpful for you.

What are the sessions like?

Guided Self Help is made up of 6 one-to-one appointments. The first appointment lasts 50 minutes and will take place at one of our Hubs in either Chelsea or Ladbroke Grove. During the first meeting you and a clinician will talk about your difficulties and identify your individual goals. Follow up appointments are weekly or fortnightly and often take place over the phone; they last 25 minutes. During the follow up appointments you and the clinician work on the tools and strategies that will help you overcome your problems.

Can it help me?

Research by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) shows that Guided Self Help is particularly helpful for you if you suffer with the following:

  • Stress
  • Low mood
  • Loss of interest in your usual life
  • Problems with sleep
  • Low energy levels
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling anxious, nervous or on edge
  • Worrying
  • Panicking
  • Avoiding places or activities
Who provides Guided Self Help?

Guided Self Help is provided by Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. These clinicians are specially trained to work with you if you experience anxiety and depression; all are psychology graduates and have a range of experience working with people in many different settings.