If you have joined a workshop or used the self-help toolkit and would like some more help you can talk to us about further support that Back on Track can offer to residents of Hammersmith & Fulham.
We will arrange a convenient time for you to have a confidential telephone conversation with one of our therapists. This call will take between 30 and 60 minutes so we will ask you to pick a time when you can talk privately and will not be disturbed. During this call the therapist will ask you about yourself and your difficulties.
We will also ask you to complete some questionnaires to help decide what is the best treatment for you. We can ask these questions over the phone or you can fill them in before the telephone call. The questionnaires we will ask you to complete can be downloaded here routine IAPT measures.
Our trained therapists can help you:
- Understand why you feel as you do
- Support you through difficult times in your life
- Find out what you would like to change
- Learn new ways of coping
- Help you to accept and adjust to life changes and difficulties
We can also connect you with services giving practical support and advice if you are having difficulties with:
- Training and education
- Domestic violence
Back on Track offers several different types of talking approaches. For more information about each option please select from the list below:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, short-term therapy. It works by identifying and changing patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to your difficulties. At the start of therapy you will spend time identifying specific goals you would like to achieve. You will begin to understand your difficulties and start to practice skill that can help. A very important part of CBT is the time spent working in between sessions.
The aim of CBT is to help you become your own therapist by learning strategies that can be used throughout life. Although CBT is generally focussed on problems in the here and now, the past can also be explored.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that CBT should be offered to people experiencing depression and anxiety (including panic, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder).
What happens in CBT sessions?
CBT can be delivered in a number of different ways. We have a popular computerised program, called ‘Beating the Blues’ and this has excellent results in helping people to overcome depression. You can use this program at home if you have an internet connection and a therapist will provide you with regular telephone support. Alternatively, you can come and use the program at one of our community locations.
Unlike other psychological therapies, CBT doesn’t have to take place in face-to-face appointments. For example, a lot of people have found it is more convenient to have CBT sessions over the telephone. We also often use books and other written information to help guide your treatment.
One of the important ingredients of CBT is practising skills yourself and trying new things out. Each time you speak with your therapist you will think about things to try out over the next week. At each session you will review what you have learned and make plans for the next step.
What is Counselling?
Counselling offers you the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your personal problems. It can involve an exploration of any issues that concern you. The counsellor listens and skilfully assists you to gain insights that will help you overcome the problems. You do not need to have very specific goals at the start of your counselling. Rather, the counselling session is used as a confidential space where you can talk openly and feel supported. Counselling can be particularly useful for bereavement, relationship problems and adjustment to life changes. Within our service West London Centre for Counselling offer specialised counselling for those affected with HIV/AIDS and for those with past addiction problems.
What happens in counselling sessions?
Counselling sessions are always face to face sessions. You will meet with the same counsellor for the whole of your treatment. Sessions last for 50 minutes and you will usually meet once a week at the same time for up to 12 weeks.
What is couples counselling?
Couples counselling enables couples to explore their problems in a safe and confidential environment. The counsellor can help to understand difficulties in the relationship and work towards a solution in a safe environment. Couples counselling can help you to see problems from a fresh perspective by taking time out to really understand what is going on for both of you.
There may be many reasons why couples seek counselling. However, couples often seek help when they are experiencing changes in their life which affect their relationship (e.g. starting a family, fertility issues, redundancy, bereavement).
What happens in couples counselling sessions?
Couples counselling sessions are always face to face sessions. You will meet the same counsellor for the whole of your treatment. At the start of your treatment you will discuss with the counsellor the relationship difficulties you would like some help with. Sessions last for 50 minutes and you will usually meet once a week at the same time for up to 12 weeks.