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Treatment options

At Talking Therapies Southwark, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatments options:

  • Specialist online groups and workshops covering a range of topics related to psychological wellbeing, such as coping well during the pandemic, bereavement, LGBQ, ethnic minority empowerment, and emotional eating/weight management. These groups use video and are interactive.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) guided self-help – a course of 4-6 sessions for patients with clear presentations of mild to moderate depression, panic, generalised anxiety or stress.
  • Your Wellbeing Videos – a series of pre-recorded videos developed by TTS therapists, which can be accessed via the TTS website and watched in your own time. Topics include sleep, physical activity, healthy relationships, and anger. Please follow this link for an introduction to the Your Wellbeing Videos:(introduction video here)
  • Bibliotherapy – self-study using books on prescription or other suitable printed or online resources.
  • Evidence based computerised CBT with e-mail/telephone support from a therapist.

Perinatal women are prioritised for treatment and are offered a NICE-recommended intervention within one month of assessment.

People with long-term physical health conditions (LTCs) can access all of the interventions we offer. We also offer a range of tailored interventions specifically for people with long-term physical health conditions, including:

  • Guided self-help for specific LTCs (such as diabetes, COPD) with regular support from a therapist.
  • Compass programme of online CBT for coping with a LTC.
  • Specialist CBT interventions to promote coping with/managing a LTC.
  • Couple-based interventions that focus on improving communication and decision making around the health problem, promoting health behaviour changes and enhancing mutual support.

Waiting times

People can usually access one of the above interventions within 1-6 weeks of their assessment appointment.

Progress is monitored and patients who do not improve following these interventions and require further treatment can be stepped up to a higher intensity intervention. TTS offers the full range of IAPT-recommended interventions: cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, interpersonal therapy (IPT), dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT), couple therapy for depression, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

We also offer bereavement counselling for patients who meet the criteria for prolonged grief disorder and who would like support specifically around their bereavement.

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Waiting times

People can usually access treatment within 1-6 weeks of their assessment appointment.

Progress is monitored and patients who do not improve following these interventions and require further treatment can be stepped up to a higher intensity intervention. TTS offers the full range of IAPT-recommended interventions: cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, interpersonal therapy (IPT), dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT), couple therapy for depression, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

We also offer bereavement counselling for patients who meet the criteria for prolonged grief disorder and who would like support specifically around their bereavement.