Guided self-help

Guided self-help is a NICE recommended treatment for depression and anxiety, based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  CBT is an evidence-based, problem focused method of changing the way people think, feel and behave (you can read more about CBT in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy section of this website!).

Following your initial assessment at Back on Track you may be recommended Guided self-help with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). Typically this treatment will be offered over 4-6 weekly sessions, which last for 30 minutes each. These sessions can be face to face at one of our locations in Hammersmith & Fulham, or over the telephone if you prefer.

Guided self-help can be used for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Phobias

Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will:

  • Help you to understand your difficulty and what keeps it going
  • Support you to identify your goals for treatment
  • Introduce you to practical skills and techniques to help you work towards and achieve your goals
  • Guide you through self-help materials, which you will use during and between sessions to put your new tools into practice
  • Support you to make a plan for how to continue progressing and to stay well after the sessions have ended
  • Review your progress with you throughout sessions

How to get the most out of Guided self-help:

  • Commit to regular attendance (research suggests this benefits recovery and encourages improvement in your mood)
  • Be willing to try out new techniques and review these in your sessions
  • Work with your PWP to identify goals to help tailor your treatment plan
  • Let your PWP know of any adaptations that might be useful (e.g. large text materials, using an interpreter)


Interested? Please see our How To Self-Refer page for further information.