Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Talking Therapies working together with the MS Therapy Centre in Berkshire

The MS Therapy Centre in Berkshire and Talking Therapies are launched an exciting new initiative earlier this year to help you and your families and carers access talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy  as conveniently and easily as possible. Many people suffer from problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias at some time of their lives and Talking Therapies (which is part of the NHS) is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems.

Talking Therapies have a team of therapists and practitioners who are able to offer a variety of different types of help and support. Many of the treatments within Talking Therapies use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). However some other treatments are also helpful, particularly for moderate and more severe depression, and so as well as CBT based treatments, we also have available counselling and Interpersonal Therapy as choices for you to access. Interventions include Wellbeing Groups, Guided Self Help, computerised CBT as well as face to face CBT. The practitioners work in a wide range of GP surgeries across Reading and from the end of August  we are delighted to be able to offer face to face CBT therapy with a Talking Therapies practitioner at the Therapy Centre in Reading on a Friday if this is convenient and appropriate.

If you have low mood or anxiety and would like to refer yourself into Talking Therapies, please call direct on 0118 9769121 or refer online www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk  (Alternatively your GP or health professional can also refer you into the service if you would prefer). It would be helpful if you could please quote the MS Therapy Centre when referring as this will help us to ensure that we are able to access the appropriate venues for your treatment with us.

When you call the service, you will be offered a short 20 minute telephone appointment (called a triage or assessment) with one of our practitioners usually within a few days. During the assessment the practitioner will ask you some questions and you can discuss the issues and the problems you would like to work on. The options will be discussed with you to make sure you find the right treatment for you and sometimes this may mean that you may be referred to another service

Further information can be found on the attached Talking Therapies leaflet and more details can also be found on the website www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk

We hope that this information is useful to you and your families and carers.