NHS Talking Therapies - Isle of Wight

About the service

We are a team of trained psychological practitioners and therapists offering a wide range of skills to help those experiencing common mental health problems. We offer a variety of different therapy options with flexible appointment times. The problems we can help with include:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Social Anxiety

(This list is not exhaustive)

How to find us

The Gables, Halberry Lane, Newport, PO30 2ER

Contact information

Telephone: 01983 532860
Online Self-Referral Form

What we do

Our service is free to use and funded through the NHS. We provide support to people who are over the age of 16 and living on the Isle Of Wight.

We are a team of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity Therapists, all practitioners have undergone additional training in psychological therapies and come from a variety of backgrounds including Nursing, Psychology, Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and the Police. 

We offer low intensity treatments as a first line treatment. Low intensity treatment is offered by a trained/training Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and has shown to be effective in helping those with mild and moderate mental health difficulties. Low intensity treatments can be delivered as psycho-educational groups, online programs, and one-to-one appointments. We offer a range of groups and classes that can provide helpful information and teach skills related to people’s mental health. These can last 1-2 hours per session and can range between 4-8 sessions. If you would like any further information on these groups, please ask your practitioner.

The Group sessions may include:

  • Sleep Hygiene
  • BA (Behavioural Activation)
  • Stress Control
  • Emotional Coping Skills
  • Relaxation
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Worry Management

We can offer help by providing access to a range of self-help materials, known as guided self-help. We can give you support and guidance using this approach. For access to the self-help guides we provide please click this link: https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/.

We can also offer specialist support for patients who want to return to work alongside psychological support.

Together with your Practitioner you may decide that NHS Talking Therapies is not the most appropriate service for you in this case you may be signposted to another service which is better placed to meet your needs. Our practitioners have a wide range of contacts which may be helpful for you.

High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapy is offered when you may require more support than low intensity treatments offer. This type of therapy will be delivered to you by a Hi-Intensity therapist and may include treatments such as:

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is used to help people recover from distressing events and the problems they have caused (Flashbacks, upsetting thoughts or images). EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

When a person is involved in a traumatic event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to fully process what is going on. The memory of the even seems to be ‘stuck’ so that it remains very intense and vivid. It has been known that for some patients, whenever the memory comes to mind they can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt and the full force of the distress again. EMDR is used to help the brain ‘unstick’ and reprocess the memory so that it is no longer so intense.

EMDR also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory. This is so they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings. It does this by asking the person to recall the traumatic event while they move their eyes from side to side, hear a sound in each ear alternatively or feel a tap on each hand alternatively. These side-to-side movements seem to effectively stimulate the ‘stuck’ processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.

Hi-Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment. It is one of the most effective treatments for a number of common mental health problems. Hi-Intensity sessions are weekly; for 50-60 minutes each week; the total number of sessions will vary depending on progress and will be agreed individually with your therapist.

CBT can help you to get an understanding of your problems and what keeps them going, learn new ways of looking at them, and gain new skills to change and overcome these problems. It works by helping you to identify and change the patterns of thinking and unhelpful behaviours behind your difficulties in order to change how you feel. This may involve some discussion over past events that have influenced the way you think about your problems.

CBT is not a quick fix miracle cure, it can be hard work. Progress in CBT requires your commitment. It isn’t just about talking, you will also be asked to test out ideas, try out skills and write out records. A vital part of CBT is putting what you have learnt into practice between sessions.

It is hoped that by the end of the treatment you will have learnt to become your own therapist so you can practice the CBT skills learnt, making it less likely that your problems will return. If problems do arise, your skills should make it easier for you to manage them. So, it is important to keep practicing you CBT skills, even after you are feeling better.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time limited and structured therapy that is focused on treating depression that has been activated and maintained by current difficulties in relationships. IPT has 2 main objectives:
1) Reduce symptoms of depression.
2) Resolve interpersonal problems linked to the onset of depression and continuing symptoms of depression.

IPT has three main stages: the assessment stage where current difficulties and goals are discussed, the middle stage which focuses on the main area of difficulty to facilitate achieving your personal goals in therapy and resolve your depression. The final stage is ending where you can consolidate the changes you have made, reflect on the skills and resources you have built during the process of therapy.

We also offer a range of courses, including the following: 

Managing Anxiety- Dealing with Worry Workshop:

Do you worry daily about anything and everything or find it hard to stop or control your worries? This workshop is a four-session course designed for those who regularly feel overwhelmed by anxiety and worry and is focused on providing you with knowledge and skills to manage worry and relaxation skills. 

The workshop runs up to an hour, weekly, for 4 consecutive sessions. If you are interested in joining this workshop, then please get in touch by telephone: 01983 532860 to discuss this with a member of the NHS Talking Therapies Team.

Stress Control Workshop:

This course will educate you about anxiety, depression and stress and teach you the tools and life skills to manage and reduce your levels of stress, over six sessions on a weekly basis. Sessions last up to an hour and deal with a different aspect of stress management, each week building on the last, until, like a jigsaw puzzle you have the big picture. If you are interested in  joining this workshop, then please get in touch by telephone: 01983 532860 to discuss this with a member of the NHS Talking Therapies Team.

Accessing the service

Anyone aged 16 and over can access the service by calling: 01983 532860.
You can also refer yourself to the Talking Therapies Service by completing this online Self-Referral Form

The service offer appointments via telephone, through an online video platform and face-to-face.

Our opening hours are:
Monday and Wednesday, 9am to 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm

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