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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)
Stress Control, Improving Wellbeing Sessions and our online therapy programme, SilverCloud have all been carefully designed to give you the right information and support you in learning the skills and techniques we know are proven to help overcome stress, anxiety and depression.

People sometimes report doing all the right things but continue to feel stressed, depressed or anxious. If you are unsure which therapy is right for you, see your GP who may recommend that you book in to see a member of our team.

Seeing a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at your GP Practice:
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners can provide an assessment appointment to help you make an informed choice on the right therapy for you
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners can make sure you have the right information and helpful techniques in order to manage and overcome stress, anxiety and depression.
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  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners will work alongside you to use a proven approach called ‘Guided Self-Help’. This includes setting realistic goals, looking at how you spend your time and how this can impact on your mood, learning new ways to solve difficult problems, and learning how to overcome and face fears. They can also help you learn ways to challenge and overcome negative thinking.
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners can offer you up to 6 sessions, each session lasts up to 30 minutes. During these sessions we will ask you to complete some questions (these can be found HERE) for us to monitor your progress.

Through discussions with your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner other therapies, such as the following may be appropriate and can help with both anxiety and depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)
  • CBT Therapists help people to understand and make changes to unhelpful thoughts and behaviours which negatively impact on a person’s mood. These unhelpful thoughts and behaviours are often responsible for helping to maintain Depression or Anxiety
  • CBT Therapists are skilled in helping people to plan how to tackle and overcome barriers to recovery; as well as helping people to formulate their own relapse prevention plans when treatment is complete


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an 8 week group therapy for people who suffer from recurrent episodes of Depression.
  • It is designed for people who have previously completed treatment for Depression, and would benefit from an approach which will provide the means of limiting future episodes of Depression.


  • People can use Counselling as a term to collectively describe a range of talking treatments; in IAPT it is a specific evidence based talking treatment used in the treatment of Depression
  • Depression can be caused by many different life events and situations including loss, relationship and interpersonal difficulties and/or early life experiences
  • Counselling tends to focus on how people feel emotionally, allowing people to reflect validating feelings and experiences


Behavioural Activation Group (BAG)
  • Behavioural Activation is an 8 week group for Depression. People have the opportunity to learn techniques to manage Depression alongside other people who are experiencing similar difficulties
  • This group gives people the opportunity to learn from other group members experience


Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • EMDR is offered by trained CBT Therapists to people experiencing distressing symptoms following traumatic experiences (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD)
  • EMDR can be offered as an alternative to ‘trauma focussed CBT’ – these choices and options would be discussed during consultation with an IAPT CBT Therapist


Couple Therapy for Depression
  • Couple Therapy for Depression isn’t relationship counselling; it is Counselling therapy for couples where the relationship itself plays a central and important role in a person’s recovery from Depression
  • One or both people may be Depressed
  • The couple are seen for assessment together followed by 2 individual sessions
  • Beyond this initial stage it is important that both people are willing to attend
  • This therapy includes; building compassion in the relationship, emotional bridging and facilitates active listening in the relationship


What you can expect from us
  • Our team are supervised and trained in the therapies offered to ensure you receive the highest quality of care .
  • We work alongside you and are committed to keeping you and others safe. There may be occasions when we need to share some information with other services to do this.
  • To help you in the best way we can, we keep information about your care on a secure and confidential computer system. We work  closely with your GP and add notes on to their record system. You can see your own records if you would like to, please contact: 0114 271 8956 or email
What we expect from you
  • To commit to time limited appointments and be willing to consider the idea of making changes to get the most from therapy
  • Tell us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend you appointment. If we don’t hear from you, and you don’t attend an appointment, we will assume that you no longer want therapy and we will refer you back to the care of your GP.

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