Step 3 Interventions
Step 3 interventions aim to support people experiencing moderate to severe depression/anxiety. At Step 3 you will be offered more intensive support you to enable you to overcome what is happening for you. Interventions include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): We offer individual CBT therapy to help people explore how thoughts, feelings and behaviours may interact and affect their mood. CBT can be offered to those experiencing depression and/or anxiety disorders. This involves working together with a therapist to understand your difficulties, and develop strategies in order to cope. As part of the therapy, it can be useful to agree on tasks to complete in between meetings, so that work can continue outside of session times. This is a time limited therapy and this is usually discussed at the first meeting with a therapist.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy: IPT is based on exploring issues in relationships with other people, and can currently be offered to people experiencing moderate levels of depression. It explores your relationships with peers, family members and the way you see yourself.
The goal is to work with your therapist to understand and identify interpersonal problems, and to manage relationship difficulties. During therapy, one or two current problem areas are chosen to focus on.
Examples of areas covered are disputes with friends, family or co-workers, grief and loss, and role transitions, such as retirement or divorce. This is a time limited therapy and this is usually discussed at the first meeting with a therapist.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is effective in treating people who have psychological difficulties as a result of traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, and sexual abuse. During therapy the therapist will help you to recall emotionally disturbing events for very short periods, whilst at the same time focussing attention on something different such as eye movements, hand tapping, or audio-tones. EMDR aims to lower distress by changing the brain's way of processing disturbing memories and cope more effectively in situations that trigger anxiety. This is a time limited therapy and this is usually discussed at the first meeting with a therapist.