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Bamber Bridge talking therapy service expands offering during pandemic

Posted on - 26th August, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Health, Preston News
Members of the Mindsmatter team
Members of the Mindsmatter team

Mindsmatter, a talking therapy service run by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust for sufferers of anxiety and depression has launched online.

The IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) service helps people 16 and over in Lancashire.

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It offers a range of therapeutic approaches, including computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), guided self-help, wellbeing groups, and one-to-one therapy with either a psychological wellbeing practitioner, CBT therapist or counsellor.

Holly Eggboro, Long Term Conditions & Training Academy Manager at Mindsmatter, which is based at Pathways, Bamber Bridge said: “Lockdown happened quickly and we needed to put measures in place so that we could maintain our invaluable services to our patients.

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“We also recognised that at a time of great uncertainty and worry, our services would be more important than ever for people struggling during lockdown.

“These alternative methods of therapy delivery have given clinicians and our clients‚Äô greater flexibility in how they access support during the pandemic.

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“We are hoping to expand our online offer and where possible, we are offering the more traditional sessions in a way that ensures client and staff safety as a priority.

“From the results we are having, we know just how well this service is received, but to have this confirmed by the patients themselves is truly rewarding for all of our staff.

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“We are really pleased with the scores we received in all categories, which reflect the hard work and determination of everyone involved in this service.”

For further information on Mindsmatter or to refer into the service, please visit the website here.

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