The Bedfordshire 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?

Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire 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 Workshops / Groups

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service provides workshops and groups at a variety of locations across Bedfordshire (excluding 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 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (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 each session, 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. Bedfordshire 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.

About Workplace Wellbeing

There is currently a real focus on mental health in the workplace with projects to help workplaces improve on staff wellbeing. Did you know that IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) was originally set up to get employees back to work? The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers educational workshops tailored to your company needs, for example:- Mindfulness, Stress Management at Work, Improving My Sleep and How to Manage My Worries. For more information on how we can help your staff wellbeing call 01234 880400 and speak to one of our Team Leads.

Types of Conditions / Self Help Leaflets

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

  • Depression and Low Self Esteem
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Agoraphobia
  • Phobia
  • Living with long term health conditions

Additionally there are a number of Self Help Leaflets created by the Bedford Clinical Commissioning Group, a digital bookshelf to help manage and improve your health and wellbeing. All Guides are available to watch as a video, download to read or as an audio.

Click here to go to the Self Help Leaflets digital bookcase

Digital Therapies

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service is pleased to be able to offer a range of digital therapies that can be accessed from the comfort of your home. We are currently able to offer online 1:1 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Webinars. You can access these digital options via self-referral or GP referral.

Additionally there are a range of apps available at the NHS Apps Library, a directory to assist you in finding digital tools to help manage and improve your health. All Apps are assessed against a range of NHS standards and are available for both Apple and Android devices.

NHS Apps Library

Long Term Conditions

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service has clinicians trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for those with Long Term Conditions (LTC).

This may include (but is not limited to) diabetes, COPD, and pain.

Our treatment options specifically for those with LTC's include group workshops, computerised CBT, over the telephone CBT and one to one CBT. You may self-refer or be referred by a health professional to access these options, and at assessment we will discuss the most appropriate route of treatment with you.