Most of us feel sad, anxious, low or stressed, from time to time.
For most people this can be short lived, but for others it can cause ongoing distress, or a sense of hopelessness about the future which can impact on their whole quality of life including work, relationships and health.
When you feel this way, it can have an impact on your body as well as your mind. You may experience a range of different physical symptoms including tension, headaches, stomach ache, difficulty sleeping or lack of concentration.
Anxiety and depression affect men and women of all ages and from all backgrounds.
You might be particularly interested in our support if any of the following apply to you.
We welcome referrals from people who have served in the armed forces. It’s common for ex-forces personnel to feel very low, angry, anxious or distressed, and psychological therapies can be effective in overcoming these difficulties. Traumatic experiences in training or action can affect lives years later and we are trained to assess this and advise on appropriate treatment. We recognise it can be difficult to take the first step to contact us.
We are trained to work with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences, to listen rather than to judge, and to cope with and understand a range of strong emotions. We hope you feel able to get in contact with us.
We recognise that pregnancy, birth, and the first years adjusting to a new baby can be challenging for both parents. Parenthood often does not meet our expectations of being a wonderful and exciting time. Instead it is very common to experience low mood or anxiety. We may also have associated feelings of shame, guilt and loss of confidence in ourselves as a parent.
Around 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers experience depression and anxiety around the time of having a baby. We are extremely keen to help new parents in our service.
Every year more than two million people in the UK become carers. One in every eight adults in the UK is a carer and many of these are supporting people with dementia. Often people who provide emotional, physical or practical support for family, friends or relatives, would not recognise themselves as a carer. You may be taking on a caring role for the first time and don’t know what to expect and it is easy to neglect your own needs and interests when you are busy caring for someone else.
As well as our standard treatment, we also offer a tailored group for carers of people with dementia
CBT for Dementia Carers Group September 2019
TalkingSpace Plus will be running a group for people who are caring for a friend or relative who has dementia.
What is CBT for dementia carers?
Most carers of people with dementia experience feelings of burden and stress from time to time.
CBT stands for ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ and is an approach used to help people understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviour are linked. It can help reduce feelings of stress and/or low mood.
Who is the CBT for carers group for?
The group is for carers of any age who are:
What does the group cover?
You will also meet other carers and be able to share ideas and experiences of caring for someone with dementia.
How long will this group run for?
The group will run for 12 weeks.
Leaving home, going to university or getting your first job can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Studying, the pressures of deadlines and exams, managing your money and sorting out your accommodation for the first time, can be overwhelming.
For some people the stress associated with these changes is short lived and soon passes. However, for others it can be longer lasting and they may develop anxiety or depression.
We can provide advice and treatment for young people. Alternatively, universities and colleges have access to their own in-house counselling services.
TalkingSpace Plus offers treatment to individuals aged 16-18 who are referred to us by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Spa. We are currently able to offer you Guided self-help/CBT on an individual basis at this stage. At present we do not accept self referrals from individuals aged 16-18.
Do you have a Long Term Heath Condition (LTC) that you are finding difficult to manage? Many people with a physical health difficulty can have times when they feel down or worried about it. Depression and anxiety can in turn make it harder to manage your LTC the way you want to. We can help with managing the emotional impact of living with a long term condition.
Older adults can face some challenging life experiences; whether it’s negotiating the change from work to retirement, or experiencing a change in your role as children grow up. Seeing too little of any grandchildren or trying to do too much for them alongside increased physical ill health can be stressful. Social isolation can sometimes increase due to physical limitations, bereavement and losses associated with older adulthood, becoming a carer for a loved one or having to rely on others to care for you. These changes can understandably have an impact on your mood and cause symptoms of anxiety or worry, which we are able to treat.