Don’t put off getting support for your mental health over the holiday period

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Don’t put off getting support for your mental health over the holiday period

It's normal to feel lonely from time to time

The holidays can amplify feelings of loneliness for those who’ve lost a loved one or can’t spend the season with who they want to.

While loneliness isn’t a mental health condition, it can contribute to mental health issues, such as low mood, low self-esteem, and depression, while mental health issues can increase feelings of isolation and cause us to withdraw.

Using typed cognitive behavioural therapy can help you develop practical skills to use in day-to-day life to alleviate feelings of loneliness

Why typed therapy?

Typed therapy takes place online via a secure platform. As the sessions are typed, you do not have to speak to anyone, and no one will overhear your conversation. You won't need to worry about traveling to appointments, simply find a quiet place, like the comfort of your sofa to begin your session.

Appointments are available from 6 am to 11 pm helping to work around your everyday life.

Before each session, your therapist will check in with how you are, so we can tailor your treatment to be as effective as possible. Between sessions, we’ll ask you to keep a journal and do thinking exercises to help develop positive, long-term habits.

Research shows a little work leads to better recovery and can help keep you feeling well after your therapy sessions have ended.

How it works

Our patients tell us typed therapy makes it easier to open up and reflect on their thoughts and behaviours than if they were sat in front of a therapist. The additional benefits of typed therapy include:

Flexible - appointments are available seven days a week, 6am – 11pm
Confidential - no video calling, just typing
No travel required - accessible from anywhere - all you need is a device that connects to the internet
Life friendly – access therapy in your own time. We fit sessions around your commitments
Guidance beyond therapy - learn practical CBT skills to use in day-to-day life

This is typed therapy...

Being able to do therapy through messaging helped me to open up more as I find talking difficult, but typing allowed me to think and process what I wanted to say.

Charis

Begin your therapy in four steps

1. Refer and register

Self-referral is available in your area. Self-referring allows you to access online therapy quickly and easily without the need to visit your GP. Once you have self-refered and created your account, complete your questionnaires. We will then find the best therapist for your needs.

Register

2. Start therapy

Chat with your therapist. They’ll create a treatment programme designed just for you and will help you set goals, break down issues and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns.

Typed therapy

3. Practise

Between sessions you’ll use the new skills your therapist has taught you in real life. Your therapist will track your progress using questionnaires before each session and target the most persistent and troubling areas.

Students

4. See results

Your therapist will help you monitor change and target the most persistent and upsetting areas.

See results, plotting progress

Start the process

If you would like to find out about other mental health support options available in your area, visit the NHS website.

Get started with ieso

What people say

We’ve helped thousands of people feel better.
Here are their stories of recovery and growth.

CBT has helped me become much more self aware in many areas of my life, over and above the difficulty that prompted me to apply, so even though sessions have ended I use what I have learned to help me navigate life every single day. Do try this. It may not be for everyone but you may be surprised how much it can help you and even change your life!

Al

I cannot praise ieso highly enough... I have learnt so much and have many tools that I can now use to remind me of all I have learnt. You need to, and are expected to, put in effort to try and help yourself, along with so much help, empathy and kindness from your therapist.

Janet

Following instructions, I started exercises and after two or three sessions started to feel the benefit. All I can say is, give it a go, it can't make you feel worse only better.

Neil

After 12 sessions with my amazing therapist I left with a variety of tools to help me manage my anxieties going forward. It’s helped me more than I thought and I have a strong well-being plan in place for the future.

Kirsty

I found the format - online text based - very easy to do and clarifying. The structure of the sessions enabled me to better frame my issues, understand my behaviour and find new ways to behave.

Damian

I could download the whole therapy session afterwards to re-read it and think about it. I had a good number of sessions and felt at the end that I had made real positive progress!

Ruth