The Bedford Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better.

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What happens when you get in touch with us?

Bedford Wellbeing Service offers evidence-based psychological therapy to help support and treat common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. We offer a number of different approaches and formats all delivered by trained staff.

We offer skills-based teaching sessions where people can learn about how their thoughts and behaviours can impact and affect their emotions and moods. You will learn skills and techniques to change these types of thinking processes, which can have a positive impact on our mood.

All of the treatment that Bedford Wellbeing Service offers is informed by NICE guidelines and evidence-based treatment protocols. As a result, the services we offer are all short term therapy sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly for more information.

About workshop groups

Bedford Wellbeing Service provides workshops, courses, groups and individual treatment at a variety of locations across Luton as well as GP practices. Your therapist will discuss the options available to you at your first appointment.

You can get more details about our workshops here.

About CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based talking therapy which helps people explore the links between their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours. Negative thoughts can lead to negative feelings and avoidant behaviours which can cause a vicious cycle and maintain the difficulties people are experiencing. By learning skills and techniques in structured talking therapy sessions, we can learn to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours in order to have a positive effect on our feelings and emotions.

CBT can help people see the same situation from a different perspective, whilst also encouraging them to use different behavioural approaches in order to break the vicious cycle. A change in our thoughts and behaviours can have a positive impact on our emotions. The diagram below helps show the links:

CBT ABC Model

About individual therapy

Individual therapy may consist of telephone sessions or face to face sessions. The length of sessions, number of sessions and frequency of sessions will vary depending on the main presenting problem and the level of severity of difficulties. The first stages of individual therapy usually involve an assessment and creating a shared understanding between client and therapist of the client’s difficulties and maintaining factors. The treatment plan is then discussed and agreed upon. Bedford Wellbeing Service offers short term evidence based interventions, predominantly based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles.

Your assessing therapist would be happy to discuss further with you and guide you to clinically appropriate treatment options based on your main presenting difficulties.

Types of conditions

Bedford Wellbeing Service can help support people with a number of conditions, including the ones listed below:

  • Depression and low self esteem
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Phobia
  • Panic
  • Agoraphobia
  • Phobia
  • Living with long term health conditions