Talking Therapies

Talking therapies provide a regular time and space for you to talk about your troubles and explore difficult feelings with a trained professional. This can help you to deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis, improve your relationships, or develop better ways of living. For more information about talking therapies, please have a look on National Mind’s website, which provides more detailed information.

Medical research and first-hand accounts of people who have experienced mental health and emotional problems have for a long time noted how talking therapies can be a beneficial way of dealing with difficult emotions, behaviours and difficult life events.

Although there is a broad range of different talking therapies in existence, the common theme amongst all of them is that they involve talking to a trained therapist about the problems that you are facing with the aim of improving your feelings, thought patterns and, in some cases, behaviour.

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There are a number of free/lost cost talking therapies available in Brighton & Hove outside of the NHS. Please click here for our recommended list.

Types of Talking Therapies

There are a wide-range of talking therapies that have been developed by mental health practitioners over the years that offer varying approaches to help specific issues people face, such as anxiety-based mental health issues, depression, eating disorders, phobias, personality disorders and addiction.

Counselling is perhaps the mostly widely known form of talking therapy and is readily available to people living in Brighton & Hove, either for FREE on the NHS, at low-cost through other organisations or privately.

Counselling is usually a short-term intervention, normally consisting of between 6 to 12 1 hour sessions.

Counselling is typically most effective for people who are generally healthy, but are experiencing a difficult time perhaps due to life-events like a bereavement, loss of job, relationship issues or problems with anger.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of talking therapy that aims to help you think more positively and, as a result, helps to improve your feelings. Like Counselling, CBT focus primarily with your current issues, rather than events in your past or childhood. Courses normally consist of between 6 and 15 sessions and are normally an hour long. CBT can be delivered in either a group environment or on a one-to-one basis.

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Unlike CBT and Counselling, Psychotherapy primarily focuses on events from your past and/or childhood to help overcome the problems you’re experiencing now.


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Talking Therapies in Brighton & Hove

In Brighton & Hove, the NHS Partnership offers a number of different talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling, either as part of a group or on a 1-to-1 basis.
Through the NHS, talking therapies are free to access, and you can self-refer to the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service or Speak With Your GP in order to get referred.

Please visit the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service Website for more information about talking therapies and how to access them locally.