At the first appointment, your Guided Self-Help Professional will aim to help you develop a better understanding of the problems you are experiencing, and a plan will be made for a brief intervention. This could include time-limited behavioural activation for depression, graded exposure for anxiety, identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts, problem solving or panic management.
You would work through self-help material specific to your difficulties, with support from one of our Guided Self-Help Professionals. You may be given tasks to complete to help you to make progress, such as reading information to increase understanding of your difficulties, completing a mood diary, keeping a thought record, or recording or changing patterns of behaviour or communication. You might also be directed to other people or organisations that may be able to help you.
Most of the techniques used within the GSHS are based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which focuses on the relationship between thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and feelings. CBT has been proven to be effective in overcoming low mood and anxiety, as well as other psychological problems.