Therapy - what's available and how to access it


If you see your GP or practice nurse about mild to moderate mental health problems, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety,
  • feelings related to change
  • feelings related to bereavement
  • feelings related to personal and family problems
  • your mental health


they may refer you to (arrange for you to attend) your local NHS psychological therapies.

There are two main types of therapy offered:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • counselling


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. You can find out more from the NHS choices website:




Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. You can find out more from the NHS choices website:


Other psychological therapies


There are other types of therapies that you might try or be referred to. These include psychotherapy, humanistic therapy, group therapy and more. You can find out more from the NHS choices website about these other therapies:

The Kingston Wellbeing Service

If you're a Kingston resident you could get coordinated support and therapy for mental health: