Talking treatments

Talking treatments

Talking treatments (counselling and psychotherapy) can help you to understand and deal with the causes of your anxiety and to find strategies for coping (see Mind’s booklet Making sense of talking treatments).

There are different types of counselling and psychotherapy available in groups or individually. Some types help with how you are feeling; others look into reasons why you may be experiencing anxiety; some may do both. Most services offer time-limited counselling or therapy – usually between 6-12 sessions, and usually one session a week. Some GP surgeries – and many voluntary organisations – offer a variety of counselling and psychotherapy services.

If you want to try a talking therapy, your GP can provide information and refer you to a local service. Also see ‘Useful contacts’ for organisations listing local practitioners.

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