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We offer a range of Psychological Therapies or what some people refer to as ‘Talking Therapies’. It has been shown that certain approaches work best for some problems more than others.

At first contact a clinical assessor will talk about your challenges and difficulties and work out with you what approach might best suit you and your problems. There will be certain problems that could respond well to one or two types of therapy, the clinician will work out with you which therapy option will be.

All of our clinical staff are trained to the highest level in the therapies they deliver. This ensures the therapy works well and increases your chance of recovery. We will monitor your progress at each Therapy session. This is proven to be the best way to ensure you make positive progress.

Our therapy offer is flexible and can be based on the most commonly used methods, whether it be telephone therapy or face-to-face meetings. However, increasingly group based approaches have been very effective and people appear to enjoy meeting others with similar difficulties, as we often learn a lot from those with the same everyday challenges. Given the popularity of computers and the internet, we are also able to offer effective, secure web-based or computer-based learning packages, specifically designed to offer support with a range of stress related problems.

It has also been found that therapy conducted over the phone is very successful and offers a high degree of flexibility. Sometimes your therapist will agree with you certain activities that need to take place between sessions, and feedback on the success of these activities may only need 20-30 minutes to discuss, and so a telephone call will work. It offers you flexibility in where and when you book your appointments and can reduce travel costs and burdens but still giving you access to your own highly trained therapist. Your therapist will call you from a special booth which are both comfortable and secure, so they can offer complete focus on your needs and goals.

Below is the name given to some of the therapies that have been shown to work best with what are called ‘common mental health problems’, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, obsessional compulsive problems, trauma and bereavement:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT)
Couple Therapy for Depression
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

If you wish to access Talking Matters Northumberland, please click here for more information about referring to TMN.