Long Term Conditions (Havering)

At Havering Talking Therapies we support adults who are diagnosed with LTCs and who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, low mood and stress. It is common for health conditions to affect us and can impact our mental health. It is also common for us to not know how to manage this. The mind and body are closely linked and our mood can make our symptoms worse and difficult to cope with. 

Conditions we work with 

Medically unexplained symptoms

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) conditions which include:

  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic pain
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) / myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)


Respiratory conditions which include:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • asthma
  • bronchiectasis
  • emphysema
  • chronic bronchitis
  • pulmonary disease
  • pulmonary hypotension.



Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions which include:

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • gout
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • osteoporosis
  • bone fractures
  • sarcopenia
  • back and neck pain
  • lupus
  • connective tissue disease.

Cardiac Conditions

Cardiac conditions which include:

  • heart failure
  • coronary heart disease
  • angina
  • atrial fibrillation
  • arrhythmia
  • valve disease
  • cardiac arrest
  • cardiomyopathy
  • cardiovascular disease
  • heart attack.


Diabetes including:

  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • brittle diabetes
  • other

IAPT for Long Term Conditions (LTCs) 

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for LTCs is a long-standing service run in Havering which supports people living with a number of physical health conditions who are also experiencing low mood, stress or anxiety.

We currently run group sessions and 1-1 support for LTCs.

We accept referrals from people over 18 years of age who are registered with a Havering GP.

Self management support

What is the living better with long-term conditions programme?
The living better with long-term conditions programme is a free 9-week self-management course for people living with a long-term physical health condition and a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. The programme is open to people who are registered with a Havering GP. We provide hand-outs/ slides and additional materials and worksheets that participants can use to help themselves in between group sessions. The course will support you to develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills to cope with and manage your condition better whilst also improving your mood.
The programme is open to people who are registered with an Havering GP.
The course will support you to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to cope with and manage your condition.

Is the living better with long-term conditions programme for me?
The programme is designed to give you a taster of a number of self- management strategies so that you can take away and practice the ones that you feel are most helpful to you. We use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness strategies in the group.  

Weekly sessions are run by two specially trained CBT therapists.  The sessions are delivered in small friendly groups online and are very supportive.

You can refer yourself directly or ask a health professional (e.g. doctor or nurse) to refer you. Each participant will be new to the programme, so everyone is on level-footing.


By taking part you can:
  • Develop the confidence and manage your mental health to take more control of your life
  • Learn simple but effective skills to aid everyday living and improve your quality of life such as relaxation techniques, pacing, balanced thinking, and strategies to cope with setbacks
  • Help you to identify what is important to you, accept aspects of your condition and commit to making helping changes in your life
  • Explore ways to improve or maintain functioning & quality of life.
  • Become aware of triggers and indicators of relapse
  • Meet others who have shared similar experiences
  • Plan so that you can deal effectively with any blips or future problems
  • Reach your own personal goals
  • Feel less stigmatised or socially excluded
  • Evaluate the way you think about your long-term condition and mental health


If you would like to attend or self refer, please use this Link below or contact us for further information.


Email:  haveringtalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

Self Referral: Click here

Contact: 0300 300 1554 (option 2) Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm