Waltham Forest Services

We can help if you're feeling anxious, low or stressed. One in four people in the UK suffer from anxiety, depression and other emotional difficulties at some point in their lives. Feeling persistently down, job worries and relationship problems can be hard to cope with. We can help you with issues around feeling anxious, trouble sleeping, difficulty coping with daily life or feel constantly angry.

Our services are tailored to suit different needs and the type of therapist chosen to help you will be based on the type of treatment you need.  

Therapist you may see:  

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT) 

  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) 

  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists 

  • Counsellors 

20-Minute Mindfulness Video

 

 

Accessing our Service

It’s easy to get started. We offer Face to Face, Online Videochat using mobile or tablet, Telephone and Online Treatment (Silvercloud) and also Group Therapy. If you would like any of the above support please self-refer by using any of the following. 

Online: Click the self referral button to access online, telephone or video call support. Once we receive your details we'll call you to book a consultation with a member of the Talking Therapies team. 

Self Referral

By phone: You can also call us to self refer, on 0300 300 1554 option 4, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday 

By email: If you're a healthcare professional please complete the self-referral form and email it to wf.talkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

 

We provide both Individual and Group support for those dealing with the following

ANXIETY

Overview of Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. 

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview. 

During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. 

But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives. 

 

Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions. However, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.  

 

People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. 

As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. 

Find out more information about GAD on the NHS website

DEPRESSION

Overview of Depression

The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. If you're depressed, you may feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.

The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.

The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. If you're depressed, you may feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.
The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.

 

Psychological symptoms
The psychological symptoms of depression include:

continuous low mood or sadness
feeling hopeless and helpless
having low self-esteem
feeling tearful
feeling guilt-ridden
feeling irritable and intolerant of others
having no motivation or interest in things
finding it difficult to make decisions
not getting any enjoyment out of life
feeling anxious or worried
having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself


Physical symptoms
The physical symptoms of depression include:

moving or speaking more slowly than usual
changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
constipation
unexplained aches and pains
lack of energy
low sex drive (loss of libido)
changes to your menstrual cycle
disturbed sleep – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning

 

Social symptoms
The social symptoms of depression include:

avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities
neglecting your hobbies and interests
having difficulties in your home, work or family life

Find out more information about depression and other types on the NHS website

 

INSOMNIA

Overview of Insomnia
Insomnia means you regularly have problems sleeping. It usually gets better by changing your sleeping habits.


Check if you have insomnia
You have insomnia if you regularly:

find it hard to go to sleep
wake up several times during the night
lie awake at night
wake up early and cannot go back to sleep
still feel tired after waking up
find it hard to nap during the day even though you're tired
feel tired and irritable during the day
find it difficult to concentrate during the day because you're tired

What causes Insomnia
The most common causes are:

stress, anxiety or depression
noise
a room that's too hot or cold
uncomfortable beds
alcohol, caffeine or nicotine
recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy
jet lag
shift work

Find out more information about Insomnia on the NHS website

LIVING WITH LONG TERM CONDITIONS

Overview of Living with Long Term Conditions

Living with a long term illness can be stressful, frightnening and difficult to manage at times. It is common for health condistions to affect how you feel. And in turn can then affect how well you manage your health condition as well as your relationships, your family life and working life.

For many people stress, anxiety and low mood can occur as a result of managing a long term health condition. These factors can also make physical syptoms worse, or more difficult to cope with.

We know that the mind and body are closely linked and learning more about this link can help people living with long term conditions to better understand and manage their symptoms.

STRESS

Overview of Stress
Stress can cause many different symptoms. It might affect how you feel physically, mentally and also how you behave.
It's not always easy to recognise when stress is the reason you're feeling or acting differently.

 

Physical symptoms

Headaches or dizziness

Muscle tension or pain

Stomach problems

Chest pain or a faster heartbeat

Sexual problems

 

Mental symptoms

Difficulty concentrating

Struggling to make decisions

Feeling overwhelmed

Constantly worrying

Being forgetful

 

Changes in behaviour

being irritable and snappy

sleeping too much or too little

eating too much or too little

avoiding certain places or people

drinking or smoking more

Find out more information about stress on the NHS website

If you are in crisis

mental health direct contact number

If your mental health deteriorates, or if you experience thoughts of suicide through self-harm and it's out of office hours please call Mental Health Direct. 

If you live in Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Essex or Kent & Medway, you can call for mental health help and advice anytime of the day or night. It's a freephone number and callers will not be charged. (Open to callers based in these London boroughs, 24 hours a day all year round.)

Organisations that can offer further support

 

Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance is the leading UK charity for people with depression. They work to relieve and to prevent depression by providing information and support services.

Frank

Talk to Frank if you want information on drugs, or if you are worried about someone who may be involved with drugs.

  • Call: 0800 77 66 00
  • Visit Site: Frank

Samaritans

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Victim Support

Victim Support is a national charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. They give free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected.

Alcoholics Anonymous UK

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Waltham Forest Carers Association

WFCA was established during the 1980s and provides advice, information and support to those who are caring for a relative or friend who needs support because of illness or disability.

OCD Action

OCD Action is the national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.

Mind

Mind is a mental health charity that campaigns for everyone experiencing a mental health problem to get support and respect.
Mind aims to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. You can find your local Mind by getting in touch with the charity.

  • Call: 020 8519 2122
  • Visit Site: Mind

 

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