Brief Psychological Intervention Service


Brief Psychological Intervention Service

Different people respond in different ways to treatment. Sometimes it can be hard for someone to know what the problem is and how it might be connected to other difficulties. This service aims to help people who may not fall easily into a distinct category or whose problem is particularly complex. It is also there for conditions that can have a particularly serious effect on people's lives, such as trauma symptoms or when people are feeling suicidal.

Treatment normally involves explaining why people might be experiencing certain physical or emotional symptoms - this can help to make sense of what is going on. Once someone understands what might be causing the problem, they and their therapist can look at ways to help them deal with them. This can be through such things as; exploring practical solutions, guidance on how to handle certain reactions, and learning how to manage problematic emotional or physical discomfort.

Sometimes, therapy involves some fundamentals which can be found across the different models of therapy: goal setting, reflective listening, support, solution finding, behaviour change, challenging thoughts, motivational interviewing, examination of important life events and so forth. Sometimes specific techniques are used: either used by the therapist or as a demonstration so that someone coming for treatment can learn to use the methods themselves. These techniques can include:

Stress reduction through breathing techniques: teaching the body and mind to be calmer.

Visualisation: using the imagination to achieve goals or improve relaxation. Mindfulness: focusing on the present situation rather than the past event - it is also used to help with problematic thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

Hypnosis: the application of one's attention in a therapeutic manner to help motivation towards goals or resolve reactions to past events. 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): teaching the person to tap different points on their face, body and hands while repeating affirmations: it can be used as a distraction technique. 

The therapists have studied or been trained in different models of therapy (of which there are many) and so they can try to adapt the treatment so that it fits the individual character and circumstances of the person coming for help.

People referred into this service have sought help for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Trauma
  • Abuse: physical, sexual or emotional
  • Sleep problems
  • Pain
  • Relationship problems
  • Anger
  • Bereavement Problems resulting war or conflict, either as a refugee or combatant
  • Problems arising from a judicial conviction
  • Voice hearing
  • Self harm
  • Serious illness, end of life concerns or existential concerns


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