Mindsmatter Talking Therapies
Who we are
The Mindsmatter service have dedicated teams of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs), Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Counsellors who offer a range of support to help you make positive changes to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your wellbeing. These include stress control classes, wellbeing workshops, group therapies, one to one support and telephone support.
We provide free services in St Helens for anyone over the age of 16; we offer our services from Health Centres,GP Practices, and local community settings.
Please note, as an NHS service, if you decide to refer yourself we will keep your GP informed of your progress unless you explicitly instruct us not to.
What we don’t offer
Mindsmatter empowers people to improve their own wellbeing, but if what we offer is not right for you we will do our best to signpost you to the service that is.
- Mindsmatter is not a crisis service. If you are at risk of self-harm or know someone who is, please see your GP urgently or out-of hours GP service. Alternatively you can call 111 or the Samaritans free helpline on 116 123.
- Mindsmatter do not diagnose mental health conditions or provide mental health assessments/reports for employers or for ATOS assessments/welfare service.
- Mindsmatter do not provide care-coordination for people suffering from severe and enduring mental problems.
- We do not prescribe medication.
Interventions that we offer
Complete Online CBT programme
Learn practical techniques to help improve your depression or anxiety symptoms. Modules include ‘Space From’ Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Stress, Phobia, Mixed Anxiety/Depression
Completed from your home computer at your own convenience, a therapist will keep in touch with you to review progress on the course.
This 6 session course helps you to learn better ways to handle common problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, poor sleep and panicky feelings.
Stress Control is an evening class – not group therapy – so you do not have to talk about your problems in front of others. You just sit back and learn some of the ways to control stress.
Sessions are 1.5 hours and there are often 20 to 50 people at each session.
Overcoming Your Fears
A cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group consisting of eight weekly sessions in a group and two 1:1 sessions.
Same format as one to one therapy with the additional benefits of having support and encouragement from other members, and sharing helpful coping techniques.
As with any CBT, in betwen session work is set after each session to help build on what has been learnt and apply the skills to daily life.
Helpful for people who have symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and who are motivated to change.
Sessions are 2 hours in length and there are normally around 8-12 people per group.
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners offer 6, 30 minute appointments. Our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are trained to deliver a broad range of evidence-based interventions to treat common mental health problems, these include:
- How to boost Activity and Self Confidence
- How to manage unhelpful thinking
- Problem Solving
- Anxiety Management
- Stress Management
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a future-focused structured therapy that focuses on the difficulties you are experiencing in the here and now. CBT focuses on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and helps you to learn specific techniques to overcome your problems.
There are in-between session tasks whereby you put these techniques into practice.
The focus in counselling is usually on past events or present difficulties that are continuing to trouble you. It helps you to explore your feelings and thoughts in relation to these through talking and exploration so that you can begin to understand how this affecting you and how best to manage it The focus for the sessions is largely based on what you feel is important to work through.
Mindsmatter strive to contact people within 2 weeks after the referral date. The first point of contact will be a Welcome Call from a member of the team. There are many ways to refer to the service:
- Telephone a referral 01744 647100
- Online referral https://www.lancashire.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter
- GP referral
- Health Visitor referral or any health professional
- By post, please contact your local team for a referral pack
If the referral is made by a GP or health professional please be aware that we use telephone numbers given by them, if we are unable to get through we may leave a message. If you do not want to receive a message please let the referrer know.