CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library?

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library? Wiltshire embraces new scheme to help depression through reading

The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge

A new scheme which uses reading to help the six million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety, is now available to access in libraries across Wiltshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from the local library. The service, which launched nationally last Tuesday, is now being put into place in public libraries across England.

It is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services and LIFT Psychology Teams, and offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional.

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, will both have multiple copies of the core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. The titles will be available to borrow free of charge from local library branches or online through the request service.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This scheme will allow anyone in Wiltshire, in need of such support, to access self-help books locally and for free. Our libraries are friendly, community focused places, so I am delighted we are able to participate and help support the health and well-being of many local people.”

4:59pm Tuesday 11th June 2013 in News

Source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10477297.Wiltshire_embraces_new_scheme_to_help_depression_through_reading/

Comment: A brilliant idea! More CCG’s should follow this example. The more a patient […]

Phobias: How I Beat My Fear Of Butterflies

Phobias: How I Beat My Fear Of Butterflies

Story Image CBT sessions helped Tina overcome her phobia

MORE than two million Britons suffer from phobias. Although they can seem insignificant to others, the condition can dominate lives. Adrian Lee talks to one woman about how she overcame her anxiety.

WHEN Tina Crawford was making plans for her wedding, there was one overriding fear. She was terrified that her big day would be ruined by a butterfly or moth fluttering into  the church as she walked down  the aisle. If that happened she  knew that within a few seconds she’d be frozen to the spot, begin hyperventilating and could faint.

More than two million Britons suffer from phobias and although often trivialised or ridiculed, they can dominate lives.

Celebrities suffer from them too. Earlier this month Kylie Minogue revealed her own bizarre phobia. The singer is terrified of coat hangers, she hates the sight and sound of them and has even designed a special wardrobe to display her outfits.

In Tina’s case, the 38-year-old was compelled to arrange her wedding in the depths of winter when she knew the chances of an encounter with a moth or butterfly were negligible.

“People don’t appreciate how a phobia can disable you in so many ways,” says Tina, a former television researcher from Croydon, south London, who is now a full-time mum to Toby, two. “I kept the windows shut in summer and was frightened to go out of the house.

“Even the thought of a butterfly or a picture of one in a book could be enough to make me sick. We even arranged holidays to cold places where there was less chance of coming across them.”

Her phobia began […]

By |June 1st, 2010|Anxiety, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Celebrity & Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Phobias|Comments Off on Phobias: How I Beat My Fear Of Butterflies

My Ethos

My Ethos

My ethos …….demonstrates my commitment to deliver the most up to date and as clinically effective therapy as is possible and in sharing this, allows you to understand what is behind the therapy, whilst providing an insight into the person who delivers it.

I currently undertake, and am prepared to, whilst observing patient confidentiality, to carry out the following:-

Maintain relationships with:-
•    All service users (you the client/patient)
•    Carers relatives and visitors to my clinics where ever they be conducted.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from general practices
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from secondary care providers, carers, charities, etc.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from community providers, dieticians, district nurses, case managers and psychotherapists, complimentary health service providers.
•    Clinical and non clinical staff from children’s, adult and older peoples mental health services
•    Local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the old (PCT’s) Primary Care Trusts.

I also confirm I will:-
•    Work as a high level clinician providing specialist help, assessment and treatments to adults and where appropriate under 18’s with parental / guardian’s guidance.
•    To liaise with GP’s and specialists when and where required or requested.
•    To actively manage caseloads including new and existing clients in line with the requirements of my governing bodies.
•    I undertake to undergo Continual Professional Development (CPD) where possible, as frequently as possible.
•    To manage a comprehensive caseload of both severe and complex (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) IBS patients alongside the general workload of non-IBS Hypnotherapy Clients.
•    I undertake to listen and deal, both sympathetically, compassionately and over all with personal knowledge experience of over 20 Years of suffering IBS, with total understanding during any consultation.
•    I will […]

Use Hypnotherapy to Reduce Pain and Nausea in Cancer Patients

Reduce Pain and Nausea in Cancer Patients

Use Hypnotherapy to Reduce Pain and Nausea in Cancer Patients

Cancer is an illness that affects millions of Americans, whether they are currently being treated or in remission. Two of the most common symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments are pain and nausea. Hypnotherapy has been proven to help cancer patients reduce the severity of their cancer symptoms including pain and nausea. It is important that alternative methods are explored in order to help people naturally improve their symptoms.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 560,000 Americans will die from cancer in 2009. Cancer is the number two cause of death in the United States behind heart disease. Men have a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer in their lifetime and women have a 1 in 3 chance of developing cancer in their lifetime.

A clinical trial tested the effectiveness of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) on treating pain and nausea in cancer patients. The researchers evaluated whether hypnosis or CBT were effective in treating the symptoms of 67 cancer patients. The patients that participated in the clinical trial were recipients of a bone marrow transplant (Syrjala, Cummings, & Donaldson, 1992).

A bone marrow transplant is needed when a patient’s bone marrow has been destroyed or is not functioning properly. Cancers that often require bone marrow transplants include leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. A transplant occurs when bone marrow is taken from a healthy individual and implanted into the cancer patient. This process involves many symptoms including pain and nausea (Medline Plus).

The clinical trial randomly divided the participants into 4 groups. Group one received hypnosis. Group two received CBT. Groups three and four served as control groups where group three […]

By |July 8th, 2009|Cancer, Hypnotherapy, Stress|Comments Off on Use Hypnotherapy to Reduce Pain and Nausea in Cancer Patients

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT or Cognitive Behavioural therapy, it stresses the importance of belief systems and thinking in determining behaviour and feelings. The focus of CBT is on understanding distorted beliefs and using techniques to change maladaptive thinking while also incorporating affective and behavioral methods. In the therapeutic process, attention is paid to thoughts that individuals may be unaware of and to important belief systems.

Working collaboratively with clients, therapists take an educational role, helping clients understand distorted beliefs and suggesting methods for changing these beliefs. In doing so, the therapists may give clients assignments to test out new alternatives to their old ways of solving their problems. As the therapist gathers data to determine therapeutic strategies, clients may be asked to record dysfunctional thoughts and to assess their problems through brief questionnaires developed for a variety of different psychological disorders. In their approach to treatment, cognitive therapists have outlined types of maladaptive thinking and specific treatment strategies for many psychological disturbances, including depression and anxiety disorders.

By |April 23rd, 2008|CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy|Comments Off on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

More funds for talking therapies

Talking therapies

More funds for talking therapies

The government is to spend millions more on “talking treatments” for depression and anxiety in England.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson said by 2010, £170m a year would be spent – allowing 900,000 more people to be treated using psychological therapies.

These are just as effective as drugs, says the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.

The plan will pay for itself as people return to work and stop needing benefits, an expert said.

As many as six million working age adults suffer from depression or anxiety at any one time, resulting in a estimated 91 million working days being lost every year.

The problem is estimated to cost the economy £12bn a year.

Currently, treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are in short supply – on average, patients wait 18 months to start treatment.

The new plan aims to reduce that wait to just a fortnight, in line with improvements in outpatient waiting times in other parts of the NHS.

The Department of Health said that all GP surgeries would have access to the treatments as the programme “rolled out” across the country. It is planned to recruit an extra 3,600 therapists.

Currently, approximately £5m is spent on these therapies per year, and the government plans to spend £30m next year, £100m the year after, finally reaching £170m per year from 2010/11.

Mr Johnson said: “More than one in six people suffer from mental health problems at any one time.

“For many people prescribing medication is a successful treatment but we know that psychological therapies work equally well.

“Improving access to psychological therapies will give people with mental health problems a real choice of treatment.”

Benefit savings

Researchers say that this will effectively cost the […]

By |March 4th, 2008|Anxiety, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Talking Therapy|Comments Off on More funds for talking therapies

Therapy maze

Therapy maze

A guide to the therapy maze

How can you recognise which therapies are safe and who are the reputable practitioners? Here we guide you through the therapy maze.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is it?

Practical techniques are used to turn negative thoughts and actions into more positive ones.

How does it work?

The CBT therapist is a bit like a personal mental trainer – they set goals and give the client clear guidelines about how to achieve the changes they want.

The Claims

Clinical trials have shown it is very effective in treating phobias, anxiety, depression and compulsive disorders such as severe over-eating or obsessive cleanliness. Businesses swear by it for stress management. The Department of Health gives it their seal of approval.

The Pain

All therapy can bring unpleasant buried emotions to the surface and CBT is no exception. It is also very goal-oriented and some people may feel that it puts too much pressure on them to achieve results.

Who should do it

Particularly suitable for people with anxiety, phobias and depression. But if you are looking for an in-depth understanding of your relationships, this may not be the therapy for you.

Our expert says:

‘Research has shown that this therapy is very effective in helping people tackle their problems, be they phobias, stress, depression or compulsive behaviour. It is very problem-solving and can produce remarkable results.

‘The downside is that if you really don’t want to face your fears, the therapy itself might increase your anxieties.’ SP


What is it?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, you are not unconscious during hypnosis – but your conscious awareness operates at a different, deeper level.

How does it work?

Before clients enter the hypnotic state, they […]

By |February 18th, 2008|CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Resources, Reviews|Comments Off on Therapy maze

Therapy Benefits IBS

Therapy Benefits IBS

Cognitive Therapy Benefits IBS

Cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy have been successfully used in the treatment of a variety of chronic syndromes, including common functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, such as irritable bowel syndrome. New research presented today at Digestive Disease Week® 2006 (DDW) again asserts that these therapies may have a powerful impact on the digestive system including improving symptoms of lower GI tract disorders. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

“These studies illustrate the intricate ties between the digestive tract and other major body systems,” said Emeran Mayer, M.D., professor of medicine, physiology and psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles. “Physicians must recognize these connections to help treat patients more effectively.”

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapist-Administered vs Minimal-Therapist-Contact Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Moderate to Severe IBS

Preliminary research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that behavioral therapy may be quite effective in treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) unresponsive to standard medications and dietary agents. However, it can be an expensive and time-consuming option. Study authors from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York condensed a behavioral treatment program into a four session patient-administered format with minimal therapist contact in an attempt to reduce the costs and time-commitment for patients. Researchers found that even though the four-session program required less therapist time, it was as effective as the 10-week, clinic-based program in relieving the range of GI symptoms of IBS.

Researchers randomly assigned 59 patients to receive a 10-week; clinic-based behavioral treatment (CBT); a four-session behavioral program (MC-CBT); […]