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Time to Talk - Treatments

Time to Talk Service

Guided self-help (GSH):

GSH may be able to help you with symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, stress and sleep problems. With the help of a therapist, you’ll learn skills and techniques that you can use when you’re finding things difficult.

It is available in the following formats:

One-to-one guided self help
We offer up to six sessions with a therapist on either a weekly or fortnightly basis. These sessions may take place on the phone, over video call, or in some instances, face to face. We’ll work with you to find a time that works for you.

Workshops and courses

In our workshops and courses, you’ll learn skills and techniques in a group setting. You won’t be expected to talk about your personal circumstances unless you want to. The workshops last for an hour and a half and run for four consecutive weeks. Our workshops currently take place online as webinars, which you can access via your computer.

Self-help booklets

We have a range of Self-help booklets, which you can download below.

"This treatment made a crucial difference improving life now and going forward so very worthwhile. Kind and friendly practitioners." – GSH patient

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy that looks at:

  • How you think about yourself the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings

If you’re experiencing anxiety or low mood, you may be recommended CBT. If you have a long-term health condition, Time To Talk Health may also refer you for CBT.

CBT will help you explore the idea that what you think can affect how you feel and how you behave. During times of stress, you can think differently about yourself and what happens to you.  Your thoughts can become unhelpful and this in turn can worsen how you feel. You may not be aware of how your thoughts link to your feelings and behaviours – CBT will help you understand the connection between these three things. 

Your CBT therapist will work with you to identify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours. You’ll also explore different perspectives to your thinking and this can improve your mood. CBT aims to enable the patient to tackle their problems by harnessing their own resources.

"Possibly one of the best things I have done for myself.  I would recommend CBT to anyone who suffers/suffered from difficult mental episodes.  My therapist was an excellent ‘mentor’ through my treatment…. making CBT understandable and accessible. Thanks." – A CBT patient

Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT can help people cope with depression and anxiety. It helps to prevent self-perpetuating patterns of negative thinking and feeling that can escalate into depression, anxiety and stress and to help people to stay well.

The MBCT approach is based on increased awareness of body sensations, feelings and thoughts. You’ll learn how to notice patterns of thinking and feeling and how to related to them differently to them rather than trying to escape from difficult experiences or thoughts


Counselling is a one-on-one talking therapy that involves a therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.

It is an open and confidential space to discuss your problems and find ways to move past them. Topics of discussion may include:

  • Addressing and resolving specific problems
  • Making decisions
  • Coping with crisis
  • Developing personal insights and knowledge
  • Working through feelings of inner conflict
  • Improving relationships with others

"I can't believe how much talking to someone who doesn’t know you and can't judge you can help.  My experience with my therapist has been fantastic.  She is a treasure to your department and fantastic to the service, she has been a godsend.  Thank you so much." – Counselling patient

Employment Specialist Support

As well as offering therapy, we can also help you with employment, whether you’re in work, off sick or unemployed. Working closely with your therapist, our employment specialists offer confidential support navigating the world of work both before and during your treatment.

An employment specialist can help with:

Sick leave

You may be finding that your current state of mind affects your capacity to do your job, and this may mean you have to take sick leave. If this is the case, our employment specialists can support you with unfamiliar processes with your management, HR department, and more. They can help you identify your desired outcome, and support you in achieving this goal. Our employment specialists cannot provide legal support or advice but can help you identify where you might access that support and advice.


Finding a job can be challenging at the best of times and often, when we are experiencing mental health problems, we can lack the confidence or motivation to do so. If you are unemployed, our employment specialists can help you plan a route towards employment that works for you. They can also help you to find places to search for jobs and support from other sources that you can turn to beyond your time with us.

Books on Prescription

Your therapist may prescribe you a self-help book that you can collect from your local library. With your prescription you can borrow books, if you are not an existing member of a library you can easily join, the prescription with your name and address is enough ID to enable you to join. Books may be borrowed for three weeks and it may be possible to renew them.

See: the Books on Prescription booklist and find your nearest library

Other resources

Your therapist will also be able to provide you with information about other services and support helping you to contact the right organisations, advice service or website. 

This may include:

  • Free exercise/gym programmes
  • Support for carers
  • Help with housing difficulties
  • Weight management help
  • Help with smoking, drug and alcohol misuse

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