What is Guided Self Help?


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Guided self-help involves working through self-help material specific to your difficulties with support from one of our therapists, known as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs), or Graduate Mental Health Workers.

The Guided self-help approach aims to help you to learn better ways to manage your life issues. We will look more at how your issues affect your life now and what may be keeping them going. We will not focus on past events. 

Your PWP will:

  • Introduce you to self-help material and help you to get the most from it
  • Help you tackle negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world
  • Encourage activity and regular exercise which can help you feel better
  • Support you to stay in work or get into work through training and voluntary placements


We will introduce tools and techniques for you to apply to yourself and that you can continue to use to stay well in the future for:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Panic
  • Phobia
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Long term health conditions such as fatigue


We have a range of self-help workbooks that cover a variety of different clinical difficulties and will provide you with your own free workbook at your first guided self-help session if this is the treatment that you choose.

People receive up to six 30-minute sessions of guided help with sessions normally being fortnightly. Sessions are normally a combination of face- to-face and/or telephone, whichever is most appropriate and convenient.