General Article Talking therapy

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There are lots of different types of talking therapy to suit all situations and people.


Choosing a therapy

Before you make your choice, think about:

What treatment would suit me?  For example, do you think you’d prefer to deal with the here-and-now, or would you rather look at the past?

  • How long will I have to wait?
  • How long will the therapy last?
  • Does it cost anything?
  • Have I any preference about who I see – a man or woman, older or younger?
  • Who may be able to recommend a therapist to me?


Which therapies work?

Researchers have found the following treatments to be effective in treating depression.

  • Behavioural activation helps you get back into activities that you have stopped.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the here and now. It focuses on what we do (Behaviour) and how it influences the way we think (Cognitive) and vice versa to help make changes.
  • Couple-focused therapy can help if your relationship is contributing to your depression. The th...

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