Introduction to Therapy

Depending on your needs, we can offer different Talking Therapies options to you. This could involve one, or a combination of different therapies such as:

It may be that you need further help if you’re having a particularly difficult experience. If you do, we may suggest further types of therapy, such as:

In addition may also be to offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Behavioural Couples Therapy for Depression, depending on availability and your needs.

To see which therapy might be best for you, we'll first offer you a Wellbeing Assessment.

Read our Talking Therapies information leaflet


Before we suggest a therapy treatment, we'll first offer you a Wellbeing Assessment once you're referred to us.

Your Wellbeing Assessment will generally take about 40 minutes. We can do this by call, or through a video chat consultation. We’ll talk you through a couple of questionnaires, which will help us understand the difficulties you’re having, and how we may be able to best support you. You can also complete these before your appointment if you want to take a bit more time to think about your answers.

Read a copy of the Are you depressed (PHQ9) and Are you anxious GAD7) questions

We’ll also ask you to complete these questionnaires before each appointment that you have, to help us keep track of your progress.

If you have a long-term physical health condition, such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we may ask you to complete an additional questionnaire.  

At the end of your Wellbeing Assessment, we’ll discuss the different treatment options we think may help you.

In some cases we may ask that you speak to another member of our team for further assessment to make sure you get the right support.

You can book an appointment with our therapists by asking your GP for a referral, or by referring yourself.

Find out about getting a referral to Talking Therapies

To help you make the most of both your appointments and therapy support, we encourage you to:

  • Ask us questions if you don’t understand a term or phrase we’ve used, or if you’re unsure what happens next
  • Make your treatment aims as clear as possible, as working towards a goal can help boost your confidence
  • Make notes about your sessions, to help you remember what we’ve discussed with you and what you need to do next
  • Keep your notes and sheets organised, such as in a folder or a notebook
  • Plan time each week to complete any activities we’ve suggested for you
  • Bring reading glasses if you need them

You can find out more about what happens in appointments on our Talking Therapies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We aim to keep our waiting times as short as possible. If you can’t make your appointment, we kindly ask that you contact our team as soon as you can so that we can offer the time to someone else.  

We require at least two days’ notice if you need to cancel your appointment, so that it can be re-allocated.

Call 0300 365 2000

You can find more information about booking appointments and therapy options on our Talking Therapies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If we think you would benefit from further support, we may refer you to other services from Berkshire Healthcare, or other teams from different hospitals and care centres.

We’ll talk to you about these options and guide you on how this support can help you.

Need help now? 

If there’s someone you can talk to – a family member, a friend or a neighbour – ask if you can spend a few moments with them to help you relax.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm, please call 999

If you urgently need medical help or advice, but it’s not life threatening, please call NHS 111

If you want to talk to someone about how you feel, what you’re experiencing or how to deal with someone else's behaviour, you can contact the Samaritans 116 123