Mindsmatter Treatments

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    Mindsmatter offer a variety of different talking treatments to suit your needs. We will arrange a friendly telephone assessment with you to discuss your current difficulties and talk about what might work best for you.

    We offer the following types of therapy and treatment:

    • Courses and Groups – these are local and quick to access (currently online only and dependent on locality due to Coronavirus restrictions)
    • One-to-one sessions – (currently offered by telephone or video consultation)
    • Online Therapy Programmes – these are quick to access and fit around your lifestyle.

    You can self-refer online now.

    • Is now a good time for me to access treatment?

      Before you make a referral to our service, it is important to consider the following in order to decide whether talking treatment is right for you at this time:

      1. Is this the right time for treatment?
      2. What makes it important to access support now? 
      3. Can I commit to attending appointments and engaging in-between session work?
      4. Do you use alcohol and/or drugs to manage your feelings? Getting support to reduce your intake and develop other coping strategies will be crucial in order to be able to make use of treatment.
      5. What would you like to have gained at the end of your sessions? What would be most useful to focus on? And how can you make the best use of the sessions? 
      6. If you have had treatment before what was most helpful? And was there anything you felt needed to be different? What would help you make the most of treatment in the future?
      7. Especially in regards to counseling treatment, do you have the support and resources you need to be able to cope with the strong feelings that can be produced by focusing on difficult experiences? If you feel that now is not the right time for you to engage in treatment.


      When you feel the time is right for you, you can self-refer online at any point.

    • Telephone Assessment - What to expect during your call

      A Telephone Assessment will be completed by one of our trained health professionals. The call is to gather information to help you and the health professional decide if brief therapy is right for you. What you say in the call will be kept confidential. This will only be shared with your GP or other services if there are any risks to yourself or others.

      It is essential that you are able to take the call in a private place and one that is free from distraction. We are unable to have the call if you are driving (even if using hands-free technology). You will be asked questions that may require talking about sensitive information. This is to help us make sure we are the right service for you and to reduce the risk of harm.

      We do not have your medical or GP records so we may ask you to tell us things you have already told other health professionals. The kind of things we will ask you include:

      • Whether there are risks to yourself or others (we may ask sensitive questions about whether you have ever deliberately hurt yourself or other people, or whether you have thoughts like this at the moment)
      • Whether you have ever experienced domestic violence or abuse (previously or presently). If you have children, we will ask if you are happy to share their names and dates of birth. Sharing this information is voluntary, but we do ask it to make sure that we are considering everyone’s needs in the assessment.
      • Details of any other caring responsibilities you may have.
      • Whether you use drugs or alcohol, and if so, the impact of this.


      We appreciate that for some people, these can be difficult and upsetting questions to have to think about. The purpose of these is to make sure we are able to identify the best and most appropriate care for you. Our therapy works when you and the therapist are working towards a common goal, so it will be helpful if you can identify any goals you wish to focus on prior to the call.

      Brief therapy is not always the most suitable treatment option. If this is the case, we will advise and direct you to other local services that may better suit your needs. If you are unable to make this appointment, you must contact our office (number on the letter) if you want to rearrange.


    Courses and Groups

    Mindsmatter offer a range of interactive and non-interactive groups and courses covering a variety of different topics. All our courses and groups are FREE to access. These can vary in different locations across Lancashire, but you can speak to a clinician during your telephone assessment to see what is available where you live. Often people can shy away from attending a course, but there are several benefits to giving one a go.

    Please note: all our courses are able to run during the Coronavirus pandemic - those that are available will be delivered online for the foreseeable future. 

    • Why choose a course or group?

      You can meet other people who may be experiencing something similar. Often we can isolate ourselves or pretend we are fine around others (this can be exhausting). Attending a group treatment gives you the opportunity to be around others who know what stress, depression and anxiety is like and can make you feel less alone as well as help boost your confidence.

      Usually due to the nature of the courses we can go through more information and coping skills than in regular one-to-one sessions, so you can learn even more ways to help yourself.

      Some of us might not feel ready to open up too much about what’s going on, or maybe we just don’t know how to explain it. Being able to attend a course will mean that the pressure is not on you to talk about your problems in depth. If you attend an interactive course, you will be encouraged to participate in the discussions to get the most out of it, but you won’t be asked to explore your problems in detail or share anything personal that you do not wish to.

      Like in all our treatment sessions, we ask you to complete a questionnaire to see how things are affecting you. At the end of the courses we can see that many people who attend are scoring themselves lower and not experiencing as many symptoms as they were prior to attending.

    Use the dropdown menu below to find out more about the courses and groups we offer.

    • Stress Control

      What is the Stress Control course?

      It’s a 6 week course that will help you learn how to manage stress. It will teach you how to reduce common stress-related problems including: anxiety and worry, low mood, panic, poor sleep or loss of confidence.

      It’s based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, combining stress management with Mindfulness and Positive Psychology strategies to boost wellbeing.

      What will the course sessions be like? 

      Sessions are weekly and last for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break. It’s non-interactive, so you won’t be asked to talk in front of other people. Classes are supported by slideshow presentations, online hand-outs (paper copies available upon request), video, audio and relaxation and mindfulness tracks Each session will look at a different aspect of stress and link together to help you become your own therapist!


      Session 1: What Is Stress?

      Session 2: Controlling Your Body

      Session 3: Controlling Your Thoughts

      Session 4: Controlling Your Actions

      Session 5: Controlling Panic Feelings and Getting a Good Night’s

      Sleep Session 6: Wellbeing and Controlling the Future

    • Wellbeing Workshop

      What is the Wellbeing Workshop?

      An interactive safe, non-judgemental course over 6 weeks that will help you learn how to cope with anxiety, stress and depression and improve your overall wellbeing. 

      The course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and each session will look at different things that can affect our wellbeing and we will teach you coping strategies.

      What will the course sessions be like?

      Sessions are weekly and last for 2 hours with a 10 minute break. Although the Wellbeing Workshop is an interactive course, it is not a therapy group and you won’t be asked to disclose any personal details about yourself or your situation.

      We will never make you talk if you don’t want to, however we will encourage you to join in the discussions so you can get the most out of the course. Conversations will focus on coping strategies and practicing the techniques. Sometimes, we might get you into smaller groups to work through and practice particular skills - this gives you the chance to give techniques a go and ask questions. Classes are supported by slideshow presentations, weekly paper hand-outs, video, audio and relaxation and mindfulness tracks.


      Session 1: Getting Started and Stress
      Session 2: Anxiety
      Session 3: Depression
      Session 4: Thought Challenging
      Session 5: Sleep and Problem Solving
      Session 6: Self-esteem, Assertiveness and Relapse Prevention.

    • Goal Difference

      What is the Goal Difference Workshop?

      An 11 week interactive self-improvement course for people living with depression, low mood and anxiety. You will learn to understand your thoughts, learn new coping strategies and develop assertive skills. You will also learn how to think more positively, learn to improve your mood, learn to manage your anxiety and, alongside making new friends, you will work as a team to support one and other.

      This is not a ‘football group’; sport is just one example used to help understand emotions and promote interactive discussions.

      What will the course sessions be like?

      Initial one-to-one ‘20 Minute Medicals’ are to meet and greet group facilitators, discuss the group format, what to expect, and to get a basic understanding of your expectations from the group. There will then be 11 weekly sessions of CBT for depression or anxiety.

      Attendees are not asked to stand and talk about their circumstances, you do not even have to talk at all, but many find being with other men generally a positive experience and helpful in understanding your own difficulties and management.


      Session 1: Intro / Goal Setting / Support / The Flag

      Session 2: Values / Behavioural Activation

      Session 3: Roles Session 4: Graded exposure

      Session 5: Unhelpful Thinking Styles and Intolerance of Uncertainty

      Session 6: Review + CPET

      Session 7: Emotions and Imagery

      Session 8: Stress, Worry Tree + Relaxation

      Session 9: Self-Esteem and Assertiveness

      Session 10: Problem-Solving

      Session 11: Final Review

      Feedback from previous attendees

      • “Goal Difference has been very good for me and has helped me become more aware of what drives my thoughts, worries, feelings and behaviours.”
      • “All staff were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable which really helped me think I could get better.”
      • “I enjoyed the course and felt it was relevant to the problems I had experienced. I now feel better equipped to deal with these problems and any future problems as a result of the processes I learnt on the Goal Difference course.”
      • “Goal Difference was a great experience and would recommend it to anyone in the dark place I was in.”
      • “It has really helped my understanding of my own problems.”
      • “I found this course very helpful for me to recognise anxiety and better ways of dealing with it.”
      • “I have found Goal Difference to be very useful as it gives added structure to my weekly routine whilst providing useful strategies for future progress.”
      • “Goal Difference was very helpful. At first I was very nervous but as the weeks went by I got involved more and more and I was very happy to be part of a great team at the sessions. I have enjoyed my time on the course very much.”
      • “I thought Goal Difference was really helpful and the therapists helped me realise my difficulties and put things into perspective.”
      • “When I started Goal difference I was going through a tough time. I was considering suicide but the staff and the course saved me. I feel so much better now and I see a future."
    • Overcoming your fears

      What is the Overcoming Your Fears Workshop?

      An 8 week interactive group with an opportunity for a 1:1 follow up session, this course offers the benefit of having support and encouragement from other members, and sharing helpful coping techniques.

      Homework is set after each session to help build on what has been learnt and apply the skills to daily life.

      The course is helpful for people who have symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and who are motivated to change.

    • Understanding Trauma Workshop

      What is the Understanding Trauma Workshop?

      It’s a 4 week workshop giving knowledge and understanding of trauma and how trauma affects us. You will gain information and advice on signs, symptoms and techniques, strategies and resources to help you. You will not be asked to share anything about the traumas you have experienced


      What does STEPS stand for?

      • Spot and challenge unhelpful thinking
      • Transform behaviours
      • Ease worry
      • Problem solve
      • Self-esteem and assertiveness.

    One-to-one treatment

    • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) - delivering guilded self help

      What will a PWP do?

      • Support you to identify unhelpful thoughts, habits and behaviours which are contributing to how you feel
      • Offer ways to change these in order to improve your mood
      • Support you to engage with self-help materials and practice learning from each session in order to improve your wellbeing
      • Signpost you to other helpful agencies and services

      What will treatment be like?

      • Up to 6 sessions, 30 minutes each, usually every 2-3 weeks
      • The initial appointment is an assessment session and slightly longer (45 minutes) for information gathering purposes where we will also discuss your goals with you
      • PWP sessions can be accessed face to face, online or by telephone
      • At each session the therapist will set an agenda with you to decide together what you will work on during the session
      • Think of the therapist as the personal trainer and you are the athlete! You will need to practice skills between sessions in order for treatment to be effective

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

      What will CBT do?

      • CBT helps you to identify negative and unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that might be contributing to how you are feeling, and offers ways to change these in order to improve your mood
      • Cognitive (C) – Focus on changing negative thoughts and beliefs that might be contributing to how you feel
      • Behavioural (B) – Focus on changing unhelpful behaviours that might be contributing to how you feel, such as withdrawal or avoidance and other safety-seeking behaviours
      • CBT is a collaborative partnership between the therapist and yourself. Therapists will help you to understand the problem and guide you to apply your learning. Think of the therapist as the personal trainer and you are the athlete! You will need to commit to carrying out in-between session tasks in order for CBT to be effective

      What will treatment be like?

      • CBT is a structured therapy and involves practicing the skills introduced during sessions outside of the therapy
      • Between 6-12 sessions, 50 minutes each, usually weekly (but can be fortnightly or monthly as treatment progresses)
      • CBT can be accessed face to face, online or by telephone
      • CBT can be accessed through our Togetherall partner (link to Online Treatment Page)
      • The initial appointment is an assessment session for information gathering purposes where we will also discuss your goals with you
      • The following sessions will first focus on making sense of your difficulties and identifying a plan to meet your needs before treatment begins
      • At each session the therapist will set an agenda with you to decide together what you will work on during the session
      • Sometimes therapy sessions may involve outside of the therapy room, for example in public places, depending on the nature of your difficulties

    • Counselling

      What will counselling do?

      • Provide a safe space to talk through and begin to understand and come to terms with what is troubling you and how best to manage more effectively
      • It’s about helping you to express and explore your feelings in a safe and confidential space
      • Provide an opportunity to work towards living your life in a way that is most meaningful and satisfying to you

      What will treatment be like?

      • Up to 8 sessions, 50 minutes each, usually weekly
      • Counselling can be accessed face to face, online or by telephone
      • Counselling can be accessed through our Togetherall partner (link to Online Treatment Page)
      • For counselling to be effective it is important you are ready to fully and actively engage in order for it to be helpful
      • Although a counsellor is unlikely to set tasks to be completed between sessions in the same way that a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or Cognitive Behavioural Therapist might, you do need to be able to, and have the time to;
      - Think about what you want to focus on before you come to counselling
      - Reflect upon and process what you have explored in sessions in the time between sessions
      - Manage the often strong feelings and memories that can be brought to the surface when talking about what is troubling you as counselling can be emotionally demanding
      • There might be times when your counsellor may suggest some reading, activity, or self-help exercises that could be helpful for you

    Online treatment

    • SilverCloud

      What is SilverCloud?

      An online programme that is designed to help you learn techniques to overcome symptoms of low mood and anxiety. It’s a flexible programme, that you can access anywhere, whether at home, work or elsewhere - you can use it on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. The idea of this programme is that you can work at your own pace, with regular reviews from your therapist who can help to guide and motivate you through the programme. It consists of evidence-based techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which are recognised to have a positive impact on low mood and anxiety.

      How does it work?

      If our online programme is suitable for you we will set you up on the system and then you’ll have instant access to the support you need.

      • You will have up to 6 online reviews with your supporter approximately every two weeks who will monitor your progress on the programme
      • You can leave comments for your supporter who will pick these up at your review, and they will leave comments and suggestions of what might be helpful for you to work on
      • You do not need to be online at the time of the reviews, but the next time you log on after a review, you will be asked to complete the questionnaires that will help us assess your current mood

      Most people complete the programme anywhere between 6 - 12 weeks. Once you have finished your reviews with your supporter, you will continue to have access to SilverCloud for a further 12 months should you need a recap on the tools and techniques you have learnt.

      The software has state of the art technology, and includes easy to follow programmes with:

      • Video clips
      • Interactive quizzes
      • A journal
      • Audio guided exercises
    • Togetherall

      What is Togetherall?

      A safe online community, available 24/7 with of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Togetherall is suitable for adults 18+.

      There are different tiers of support available:

      • An anonymous community support form and a way to enable the creative expression of difficult emotions
      • A wide range of self-guided group and individual courses covering mental health and lifestyle topics
      • A library of useful articles and resources, plus helpful tests and features to track progress
      • Some may be offered Live Therapy (this will be discussed in your telephone assessment). This is 1-1 therapy (usually CBT or counselling) delivered via an online video consultation. Appointments are available between 7am-11pm, via audio, instant messaging and video

      To find out more visit https://togetherall.com/en-gb/ 


    Watch the video below to find out what SilverCloud is and how it can help you to manage your mental health and wellbeing.