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Counselling - (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)


Service/Activity is free

Our primary care psychological health team provides brief cognitive behavioral therapy and counselling to adults in Kensington and Chelsea who have common mental health problems.

These can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship/family difficulties
  • Financial/employment problems

Our primary care psychological health team provides brief cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling to adults. We are part of the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which aims to increase access to NICE recommended interventions for common mental health problems.

The team works as part of an integrated primary care mental health service working in partnership with Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust, Depression Alliance and The Reader Organisation.

Using a stepped approach to care, the integrated service provides patients with the least intensive intervention at the right time for their needs. In addition to our NHS service, we also provide two Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea funded services - a Carers Counselling Service as part of the local carers’ strategy and from April 2012 a Stroke Counselling Service for people with stroke.

We offer a number of approaches based around National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance and national policy including:

Step 1

  • Depression Alliance provides facilitated member-led support and activity groups, including time banking
  • The Reader Organisation provides a number of Book Break reading groups around the borough and supports the provision of a range of self-help books in the libraries

Step 2

CLCH provides a range of guided self-help interventions including:

  • guided self help
  • supported signposting such as helping people access other services

Step 3a

  • CLCH provides brief counselling (6-8 sessions) including with an Arabic and Somali speaking counsellor

Step 3b

  • CLCH provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (6-12 sessions)

Step 3c

  • CNWL provides a team of Primary Care Liaison Nurses offering intermediate care

Step 4

  • CNWL provides a Psychology Team offering specialist psychology assessment and treatment

In addition to our NHS service, we also provide two Kensington and Chelsea funded services - a Carers Counselling Service as part of the local carers’ strategy and a Brief Therapy service for people with stroke.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Take time to talk
Telephone
 020 3317 4200
Website
Take Time to Talk Website

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
18 years and over

Local Offer

Local Offer Record `
Who is this service available to?

Our psychological health service is for people aged 18 and over who are registered with a GP in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea or in the Queens Park and Paddington area, and who have common mental health problems.


We are commissioned by the West London Clinical Commissioning Group.

How do you access this service?

People can self-refer (please call 020 8962 4748) or be referred by any health or social care professional or by their GP. They must be over 18 and registered with a GP in Kensington and Chelsea or in the Queens Park and Paddington area. The integrated PCMHT offers a single point of access for referrals to all parts of the integrated service.


For our Kensington and Chelsea services, the carers counselling service and brief therapy for stroke service there is an open referral system, including self-referral.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

Our vision is to lead out-of-hospital community healthcare and our mission is to give children a better start and adult’s greater independence. Our Values:


Quality: We put quality at the heart of everything we do.


Relationships: We value our relationships with others.


Delivery: We deliver services we are proud of.


Community: We make a positive difference in our communities.

Last Updated 16/01/2017

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