Talking Therapies in Swindon.
How can Talking Therapies help?
Many people go through periods of difficulty in their lives, which can leave them feeling
- Unable to cope
LIFT Psychology Practitioners are trained to help people understand more about these difficulties. They can also find them ways of tackling or coping with them. The people they see have a variety of life’s problems, such as
- Anxiety / panic
- Work related stress
- Anger difficulties
- Relationship difficulties
- Eating problems
- Loss / Bereavement
- Long term physical health conditions
What LIFT Psychology can offer
The support LIFT Psychology offer will generally be short term. It will usually take place at the client’s own surgery and is focussed on helping people move forward. This type of service is known as Stepped Care. This means that clients should be able to book into an appointment at their surgery within 2 weeks. LIFT Psychology will concentrate on steps to help people tackle their difficulties.
People often find that one or two sessions are enough to clarify difficulties and explore more helpful ways of coping. A range of options are offered, and ideas may include joining a short course (dealing with a variety of life’s problems), or help through an interactive computer programme. These courses are held in different locations in the community. However, if after trying the options offered clients feel the need for more help, a further appointment can be made, in the same way as one would be made with a GP.
Length of sessions
Each ‘one to one’ session in the surgery lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. The short courses are normally 2-hour weekly sessions for up to six weeks. They run in the evenings as well as in the daytime. There are also some one-day Saturday courses.
Privacy & confidentiality
Sessions are held in confidence. There may be some professional contact between the LIFT Psychology practitioner and the client’s GP or other staff involved in the individual’s care. As with any appointment in the surgery, it is usual to note attendance in computerised or manual medical records where there may also be brief comments about client progress. To protect a child, vulnerable adult, or clients, generally relevant information will always be passed on.
LIFT Psychology may telephone clients 6 weeks after the last contact with the service. Follow up questionnaires may be sent after initial contact with us. These questionnaires help LIFT Psychology measure the service’s effectiveness. Any questions that may arise about privacy, confidentiality or any other issues may be raised in the session.
To make an appointment
Contact your local surgery appointments desk and book in with the LIFT Psychology Practitioner. For self-help courses and Beating the Blues interactive computer programme telephone 01380 731355 or visit http://lift-swindon.awp.nhs.uk
LIFT Psychology contact number:
Swindon: 01793 836836