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Step 2: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) offer an average of 4-6 sessions of face-to-face or telephone-based guided self-help based on the principles of CBT, such as:

  • Psychoeducation about common mental health problems

  • Identifying and challenging negative automatic thoughts

  • Behavioural Activation for depression

  • Problem solving

  • Guided self-help around exposure based treatment for anxiety/phobias

  • Computerised CBT (cCBT)

  • Sleep hygiene

  • Signposting to other local and national support services

  • Medication support (but advice on medication is not available)

  • Behavioural experiments for depression and anxiety

Step 3: Cognitive Behavioural Therapists offer an average of 10-12 one to one sessions and disorder specific groups. CBT is time-limited and goal-specific and is particularly effective for the treatment of:

  • Depression

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Social Phobias

  • Specific Phobias

  • Health Anxiety (hyperchondriasis)

Step 3: Counsellors offer an average of 6-8 sessions of counselling for mild to moderate problems such as adjustment reactions which may be amenable to a counselling approach such as:

  • Complex bereavement / complex grief

  • Coping with injury or illness

  • Depression (where CBT has been turned down as the first choice for treatment)

  • Developmental or life crises

  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse issues (except in the case of active PTSD)

  • Family relationship issues

  • Loss, e.g. relationship, employment, health etc.

  • Self-image and identity issues

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