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Would you benefit from a one to one assessment appointment? Simply call us on 01225 675150 to self-refer.

How can talking therapies help me?

Many people go through periods of difficulty in their lives, which can leave them feeling:

  • Stressed
  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • Unable to cope

B&NES Talking Therapies practitioners are trained to help people to understand more about these difficulties.

They can also help to find ways of talking or coping with them.

We also offer a long-term health conditions Wellbeing Service. This service is for you if you are feeling stressed, worried, frustrated or low because of your health. Or you may be struggling with the impact your health is having on your daily life. We can help you to re-engage with what is important to you, make changes and improve your wellbeing.


What we can offer you

The support we offer will generally be short term. It will usually take place at various locations across B&NES, including GP surgeries.

What we offer is focused on helping you move forward. The type of service is known as stepped care. This means you are able to book into an appointment either face to face or over the telephone with one of our practitioners. Each ‘one to one’ session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. We will concentrate on steps that you can take yourself to help you tackle your difficulties.

You will be offered a range of options and ideas which may include joining one of our short psycho-educational courses which cover a variety of life’s problems and introduce helpful techniques and strategies to manage these.

However, if after trying the options offered, you feel you need more help, you can make a further appointment for us to discuss what else might be offered, as you would with your GP.



Courses are held in different locations in the community. The courses are normally 2 hour weekly sessions for up to 3 weeks. They run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. These are taught psychoeducational courses rather than group therapy, there is no obligation to talk and we do not run any ‘ice-breaker’ exercises.

Course topics; Stress and Mood Management, Managing Panic Attacks and Phobias, Managing Worry, Coping with Low Mood and Depression, Managing Sleep Difficulties, Beating Low Self Esteem, Anger Awareness, Effectiveness Communication and Assertiveness, Goal setting, Procrastination, Introduction to Mindfulness, Managing Long Term Pain and Fatigue and Managing Long Term Health Conditions.

You can book yourself onto our self-help courses by going directly to our website:

To make an assessment appointment or for general queries please call us on 01225 675150. Our telephone lines are manned between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. At busy times your call may go through to our answer machine: please leave your name and a contact number and we will call you back as soon as possible.


Our Employment Support Service

The Employment Service is free and available to anyone accessing B&NES Talking Therapies and requiring support in looking for work, returning to work or staying in work. Focusing on individual employment needs and aspirations and includes:

  • Person-centred employment support action plan shaped around ambitions and aspirations
  • Creating a CV concentrating on your strengths and skills
  • Effective job searching & interview techniques
  • Proactive engagement with your employer prior to and during your return to work
  • Job coaching and in work support.


B&NES Talking Therapies is part of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust.


Privacy & confidentiality

Sessions are held in confidence. There may be some professional contact between the BaNES Talking Therapies Service and your GP, or other staff involved in your care.

As with any appointment in the surgery, it is usual to note your attendance in computerised or manual medical records where there may also be other brief comments about your progress.

To protect a child/vulnerable adult or yourself, relevant information will always be passed on.