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Talking therapies

Our members and partners offer services which include a type of support often described as talking therapy.

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This description covers a wide range of different approaches and ways of working, but the goal of all talking therapies is to help people deal with negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours - enabling them to make positive changes for the future.

It is 1point’s belief that there is no single talking therapy that will meet everyone’s needs at all times. Although we know there are key difficult issues which regularly motivate people to seek support, we also appreciate that every client is unique and that their individuality needs to be recognised when helping them choose the most appropriate way forward.

Our assessors will discuss what type of talking therapy you can expect from 1point members, partners and other agencies, and how they may help with your current difficulties.

Below are just some therapies that are commonly available:

Counselling and Psychotherapy involves talking to a trained practitioner about how you feel about yourself and your situation. The therapist will listen and help you understand your problem by considering how your personality and life experiences influence how you currently feel and cope with different situations and relationships. This can lead to a new understanding which will help you manage change and deal with future difficult situations more successfully.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the belief that your thinking processes influence how you subsequently behave and act. This is a more directive approach which can involve different exercises and homework to help you change the way you deal with stressful situations. It is possible to access some CBT programmes on the internet.

Humanistic therapies are less ‘clinical’ in their practice and provide a more philosophical or holistic approach to an individual’s situation. They may incorporate the body, mind, emotions, behaviour and spirituality to help you develop to your full potential and live life to the full.

Group therapy aims to help you find solutions to your problems by discussing them in a group setting. They are usually formed around members who share common difficulties. Sessions are led by a trained facilitator.

Relationship therapy helps couples who have difficulties with their relationship to work with a therapist to resolve their problems. Family therapy is similar but involves a therapist working with a family that is having problems.

Mindfulness-based therapies help people to focus on their thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them. They can include techniques such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to help achieve this.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR*) is a treatment that uses eye movements to stimulate the brain. EMDR has been shown to make distressing memories feel less intense.

Information provided on talking therapies has been adapted from NHS Choices

* EMDR not currently available with 1point members and partners.