Helping you improve your mental health wellbeing
Everyone has ‘ups and downs’ in their everyday life – sometimes, we feel happy, relaxed or full of energy and that things are going well. At other times, it’s the opposite– we can feel sad, anxious, depressed, worried or stressed.
Did you know each year one in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem? So it’s not uncommon. We work with a number of organisations who offer support and counselling to help you take control and improve your own mental health and wellbeing.
If you’re 18 years or over and registered with a GP in the Surrey Downs area. This includes East Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Banstead and surrounding areas. Follow this link for a list of local GP practices. You can contact the services yourself, or your doctor can refer you. The services can help if you’re experiencing:
- Depression, including prenatal and postnatal depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
How can I get help?
We work with five different organisations who provide support. Different types of support are available – from one-to-one talking therapy and counselling to group therapy or online courses. You can pick the option that works for you. If you need extra help or are unsure about what might be best for you, please talk to your GP. Please see our leaflet for more information.
If you’d like to find out more about ways to improve your emotional wellbeing and other services including our Safe Haven, click here.
What happens when I get in touch?
When you contact the service of your choice you’ll have an initial phone call with an administrator, which will last up to ten minutes. They’ll ask for some information about you, and talk about a date for you to have an assessment. This will help to understand the type of support you need and will last up to one hour.
Who do I contact?
We have set up contracts with all the organisations below so you can contact any of them directly for mental health wellbeing support. Each service offers something slightly different and has clinics around the Surrey Downs area:
Centre for Psychology
Offers individual face-to-face therapy sessions in a local setting, and anxiety/stress-based workshops. It also offers mindfulness workshops. Clinics are available in Ashtead, Brockham, Capel, Dorking, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Newdigate, Redhill, Reigate and Westcott.
Tel: 01483 901429
Dorking Healthcare (DHC)
Offers one-to-one sessions, including over the phone, guided self-help, group/individual cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness workshops. Clinics are available in Ashtead, Dorking, Great Bookham, Guildford, Leatherhead, Merstham, Redhill, Reigate and Smallfield.
Tel: 01306 735473
Ieso Digital Health
Offers live, online therapist-led cognitive behavioural therapy over the internet. Therapy is also available at evenings and weekends.
Tel: 01954 230066
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Offers a range of talking therapies including one-to-one sessions and workshops either face to face, by telephone or video link. Clinics are available in Banstead, Claygate, Cobham, Dorking, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Walton. Evening appointments are available in Epsom and Walton.
Tel: 0300 3305450
Offers evidence-based, time-limited, psychological treatments and therapies for common mental health problems. Clinics are available in Ashtead, Banstead, Esher, Epsom, Leatherhead, Molesey and Thames Ditton.
Tel: 01737 225370
If you need extra help or are unsure about what might be best for you, please talk to your GP.
Safe Havens provide out-of-hours help and support to people and their carers who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress.
What types of support are there?
Different therapies are called a confusing mix of names and some therapies have several names. Don’t let the jargon put you off! Behind every technical term is a way of working with people that is designed to help.
Please read about each different type of therapy below.
We often find it helpful to talk problems through with a friend or family member, but sometimes friends and family may be too involved in, or close to, your current difficulties and it is more appropriate to talk to a professional therapist. Describing what’s going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change. It can help you work out with your therapist where your negative feelings and ideas come from and why they are there.
You play an active part in the therapy. That can be empowering at a time when you may feel you have lost control over part of your life. If you are determined to get the most from the therapy, it is more likely to work.
Talking therapies can help people with depression, anxiety, eating disorders or addictions and are often used alongside drugs your doctor prescribes. They can also help people with problems such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder, and can also help people deal with difficult life events such as bereavement.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is our primary IAPT treatment. It works by helping you to understand that your thoughts and actions can affect the way you feel. It teaches how you can react differently to negative thoughts and feelings and build new habits that help you to feel better.
CBT is a talking therapy based on scientific methods. Sessions are clearly structured and the therapist directs the conversation. They are focused on current problems and practical solutions, and usually short-term. It is one of the most effective treatments for reducing the symptoms of almost all mental health problems, but especially anxiety and depression, and is particularly suited to people who want a therapy that works towards solutions, with clear goals and using practical techniques.
CBT can help you to stop negative cycles of thoughts, behaviour and emotions by helping you to notice what is making you feel anxious, unhappy or frightened and helping you to manage these factors. By helping you to work out what to change to improve your mood, CBT can allow you to take control of your mental health.
Psychodynamic therapies work by exploring how your personality and early life experiences influence your current thoughts, feelings, relationships and behaviour. These therapies are based on the ideas of the psychotherapist Sigmund Freud, but with many changes over the last 100 years. Only short-term psychodynamic therapies are available through the IAPT programme.
The therapist works with you to understand your thoughts, feelings, relationships, behaviour, dreams and fantasies. NICE recommends psychodynamic therapy for people experiencing depression alongside other complex illnesses, and are most useful for people interested in self-exploration who are willing to devote lots of time and energy to it.
Humanistic therapies work by taking a whole-person approach to your problem, using a range of theories and practices to help you develop. They are focused on developing your full potential.
These therapies explore your relationship with different parts of yourself (such as your body, mind, emotions, behaviour and spirituality) and other people (for example family, friends, society or culture) and support you to grow and live life to the full.
Humanistic therapies tend to treat specific problems – such as depression, anxiety or addiction - as chances for you to develop and grow. They will suit people interested in exploring their lives and looking at their problems from a wide range of angles. With person-centred counselling the therapist steers you through finding out more about yourself and developing confidence.
In groups led by a facilitator (someone who helps to introduce members of the group to each other and who helps the conversation to flow), people find solutions together and learn from each other. NICE recommends group therapy for people with obsessive compulsive disorder and for children and young people with mild depression.
People tell us: "In group therapy you don’t just talk about yourself, you’re listening to other people - that takes the burden off your problems. You realise you’re not the only one.
Mindfulness therapy combines talking with meditation. It helps people reduce stress, switch off from difficult thoughts and feelings and make changes. NICE recommends this treatment to prevent people who have had depression from experiencing the same problems again. Other versions of this treatment include mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Visit the Be Mindful website for more information.
There are a number of other therapies available, including Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational counselling, Life coaching, Arts therapies, Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, Interpersonal therapy, and guided self-help. Some of these therapies may be available via your chosen organisation.