We are able to offer a service to the large majority of people experiencing mental health distress. Broadly speaking, we can help with people who are going through problems of anxiety, stress and depression. However, some mental health problems fall outside of our NHS commissioned service. These include:
Substance dependence: People who are experiencing distress because they are currently addicted to drugs and alcohol
Bipolar Disorder and Psychoses: These are often severe mental health problems requiring help from the secondary care mental health services.
Behaviour posing significant risk to individuals: We provide relatively short-term psychological therapy. We are unable to provide the more intensive support required to monitor and manage serious levels of risk. We will refer you to the appropriate service if we believe your problems fall under this category.
Significant longstanding interpersonal difficulties (often called personality disorders): These problems can often involve a history of frequent self-harm and stormy or chaotic relationships. These problems often require more specialist and longer-term psychological support and treatment.
Problems involving ‘strongly held beliefs’: People with these problems know that the beliefs are mostly untrue, but nevertheless, they find it difficult to ‘shake’ them off or challenge them. (These problems can include, eating disorders, OCD and severe enduring depression that involve extreme beliefs). We would be happy to discuss your situation if you are unsure whether your problems fall into this category.