Time to Talk – talking therapies service in West Sussex

Patient leaflet:

Time to Talk is a friendly and approachable service offering talking therapies to people who are struggling with:

We are a team of trained and supervised, psychological therapists who see patients in GP surgeries or community venues within the West Sussex area. We offer a range of talking therapy treatments and with you, decide which one will be of most benefit to you. We check how you are feeling at every session to ensure you are progressing within your treatment plan, and make changes if needed. What you tell us will remain confidential except in the most unusual circumstances, for instance if we are concerned about your safety, or the safety of others.

As part of the national programme of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) we provide talking therapies as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

These include:

Time to Talk is not a crisis or emergency service. If you feel you need help urgently, please contact:

  • Sussex Mental Health Line: 0300 5000101
  • The Samaritans on 08457 909090
  • Your local A&E department
  • Your GP (including out of hours service)

Check out our latest Self Referral Time to Talk video


Adur, Arun, Bognor, Chanctonbury, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing

How To Access

We presently offer services to the whole of the West Sussex area. The below numbers can be used to self refer or make contact with the service.

  • In Adur, Arun , Worthing and Chanctonbury on 01903 703542
  • In Bognor and Chichester and surrounding area on 01273 265967
  • In Crawley and Horsham on 01403 227048

Can we help you?

We offer a free confidential service to people over the age of 18 years who are registered with a GP within West Sussex Our service aims to make these talking therapies easy to access and appropriate to your needs.

Locate your nearest service

Your treatment may be telephone appointments, workshops, courses or face to face appointments. Your therapist will explain what you can expect from us and discuss tasks which may help you make the most of your therapy (eg: reading, keeping a thought diary or doing a task).

If you have Diabetes or Coronary Heart Disease and you are feeling low, stressed or worried we have a variety of courses running in different localities to help you improve how you feel and manage your situation more effectively.

Some peoples’ difficulties may need more intense mental health treatment which is provided by Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust.

Referral to Time to Talk is via GPs or any other health professionals. They will complete a referral form and give you information on how to contact the service and book your appointment. Self referral is available for workshops and courses when you contact the office. Download the Time to Talk leaflets at the top of this page.

Contact Details

We have 5 teams located across West Sussex. You can find out which team to contact depending on where you live.

Find your nearest team

Opening Hours

Our core therapy hours are between 8am and 5pm, however appointments and courses are sometimes arranged up until 8pm and arranged locally.

Office hours are:

  • Time to Talk North East Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Time to Talk South Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Time to Talk West Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Messages left on the answer phone out of hours will be responded to on the next working day.

How to find us

Our Services are provided in a number of different locations. We will see you in a GP surgery, one of our bases, a local community hospital or community venue. Disabled access is available in every venue. Access via Bus services and parking will vary in each location.

Find your nearest team

More information

On Line Self Help Resources

Get Self Help - On line psychological therapy resource offering a wide range of cognitive behavioural therapy based self-help information, worksheets and handouts.

Centre for Clinical Interventions - On line psychological therapy resources and general information about various mental health problems, including techniques that focus on a cognitive behavioural approach to managing difficulties.

Living Life to the Full - An on line course providing access to high quality, practical and user friendly training in life skills, based on cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.

Moodjuice - An on line self help resource designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.

Moodscope - A social networking tool that helps treat depression by simply giving sufferers a way of getting help from their friends.

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust offer self help guides for download, including depression, anxiety, panic, stress and many others.

Other Support Resources

Big White Wall - An on-line community of people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems.

West Sussex Wellbeing Service
A free, friendly and impartial service which comes from your local authority, the NHS and other partners, where you can find out more about local activities and support services.

MIND - MIND are a National mental health charity, ensuring anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

Nomorepanic - This site provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD).

OCD Action - OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, providing support and information to anybody affected by OCD.

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