Talking therapies

Talking therapies can help with common mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression. Examples of talking therapy are Guided self-help, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression.

What is talking therapy?

Talking therapies can help with common mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression. Examples of talking therapy are Guided self-help, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression.  To find out more, please visit: Types of talking therapy – NHS (

Which talking therapy is right for me?

Which therapy you may be offered will depend on which one has been shown to be most helpful for your current symptoms, needs and goals.  This will be explored within your initial assessment appointment.  It may be that another service is more suitable for your current needs and we can help signpost you to these, following assessment, should Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies not be best placed to support you.

The therapies we offer are all evidence based and recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. This means that extensive research and experience prove that they work. Our talking therapy options include online courses or remote therapy that can be attended in the comfort of your own home.

Who delivers talking therapy?

All treatment is provided by trained therapists; either one to one, via online therapy (which we call SilverCloud) or in a group course/workshop format.  A range of practitioners work within the service. These include psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) and high intensity therapists. Psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWP’s) are trained to deliver a wide range of interventions through guided self-help materials in the form of one-to-one work, courses and workshops or online CBT (SilverCloud). Our high intensity therapists work one-to-one with clients.

What problems can talking therapy treat?

We offer short-term talking therapy, focusing on one mild to moderate mental health problem, which is causing the most impact on your life. The problems we offer treatment for are:

Things to consider:

  • We cannot provide support to people who are in crisis, unable to keep themselves safe or unable to adhere to an agreed risk management plan. If you feel unable to keep yourself safe and require support with this please contact First Response (available for people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven who believe they are experiencing a mental health crisis) 0800 952 1181 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • There are a number of different treatment options offered by the service. Your assessment will help you to find the right option for you, which will be based on a number of factors including, but not limited to:
    • The nature of your difficulties and the severity
    • NICE guidelines and research evidence regarding the most effective treatments for your difficulties
    • Your goals and what you hope to achieve from treatment
    • If you have had treatment before, and if so, what has been successful and what has not worked
    • The ‘stepped care model’; you will be offered the least intensive intervention that we think may help you first
    • All the therapies we offer require motivation to change and will only be effective if you are prepared to work on your difficulties both in the session and between the sessions.
  • We cannot provide a mental health diagnosis; this can only be made by a psychiatrist and our team is made up of psychological therapists.
  • We cannot provide mental health reports or complete paperwork for insurance, claims or otherwise.
  • We do not offer specific treatment for drug or alcohol dependence.
  • We cannot offer treatment if you are already receiving therapy. This will be reviewed at your initial assessment.
  • We do not offer treatment for anorexia or for anyone experiencing current symptoms of psychosis.

Please be aware the above is not an exhaustive list.

Zero tolerance

Please be aware that our service users do not have the right to verbally or physically abuse, insult or treat Bradford District Care Foundation Trust (BDCFT) staff in an undignified and disrespectful manner.  Those who do, will be dealt with in line with BDCFT Discrimination and Harassment of Staff by Service Users, Carers and Relatives and Dignity and Respect policies.