The value of any form of therapy is what you get out of it. The word ‘Therapy’ suggests you have to spend money and take a lot of time. That’s not the case. At it’s simplest level there are things you can do for yourself that will improve your health and well-being without costing anything. These could be simple things like simple exercise at home while you are doing some work or going for a walk. If you want some special help because of a condition you have or because you feel you need help or you want more variety or some pampering then therapy or some form of community support may be the answer. Whatever you do you should feel better after it even if an exercise takes some effort.

There is information below about Self Care as a starter, whatever your age or physical and mental health condition. Then there is information about a number of different forms of therapy that might be of value to you or someone you care for, now or in the future. Click on links below to go down to item.

Social Prescribing

Behavioural Family Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Trent Psychological Therapies

Clinical Therapies


Faith Support

Self Care

The Age UK Healthy Living Guide (Link to PDF) gives a very good idea of the many and varied things you can do to improve or maintain your health and well-being. Healthy eating and drinking sounds obvious but its not hard to achieve a level you can maintain without having to diet or give up everything you enjoy. Simple exercise can be fun – if you are not steady on your feet then sitting in a chair and playing Bowls is easy to do and is great fun. Keeping active both physically, mentally and socially helps you have better control over your life. If you are healthy you can give others care more effectively.

The organisation Self Help UK will put you in touch with groups in your community that will have similar interests to yourself. Doing things with other people puts something back into your life and your community and there are local groups you can find out about.

The Nottinghamshire Carers Hub have set up a Virtual Drop-in (computer based service). Download the leaflet here Carers Hub Virtual Drop In Poster


Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a new service being developed through GP Practices. As well as helping with health conditions practices will be referring patients to Link Workers employed by a group of Practices who will be able to help them with a whole range of issues about social care and their lives which may impact on their health. The diagram alongside (click on it for a larger image) shows the range of issues the Link Worker can help with. We will keep you updated as these services become available.



Behavoural family therapy or family work

Behavioural Family Therapy or family work is an intervention offered to Service Users and their families under secondary care within adult mental health.

It can be accessed via their named Nurse or keyworker within an inpatient setting and Care Co-ordinator / lead professional in the community.

If you are uncertain or to find out more email or phone 01909 572025


Occupational therapy available within local mental health teams

Carers often express concern about the seeming lack of Occupational Therapy and meaningful activities for those with mental health issues.

Did you know that all the Local Mental Health Teams have Occupation Therapists and that there are OT services within each team?

The type of OT opportunities varies from team to team but if you want to know what might be available to those who are receiving services from a LMHT – either in the City or the County then is worthwhile contacting the LMHT in question to find out.


Trent Psychological Therapies Service (Trent PTS)

Trent PTS is an independent psychological therapies service commissioned by the NHS, delivering quick and easy access to a range of psychological therapies for those suffering mild to moderate mental health problems.

Referrals are processed quickly and treatment is usually completed within 3 months of your first appointment.

The service is FREE of Charge

It is easy to self-refer by either:

Visit to find out full details of therapies offered plus address details of clinic bases where therapy is conducted or you can telephone 0115 896 3160 with queries or for more information.


Introduction to Clinical Therapies

There are many types of clinical therapies which are part of NHS services as well as those which are not normally NHS funded. This section covers those that are most often referred into. You can Google other therapies such as Complementary Therapies.

Clinical therapies available for Carers in England

Talking treatments

These  treatments come under the general heading of Psychotherapy, or Talking Therapies. It’s  a way of helping people with one or more of a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. You can talk through your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a confidential trained Counsellor.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy ((CBT) – You work with a mental health counsellor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

Behaviour therapy – This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviours. It functions on the idea that all behaviours are learned and that unhealthy behaviours can be changed. The focus of treatment is often on current problems and how to change them.

Couples Therapy – It is often referred to as ‘Marriage Counselling’. The goal  is to improve the couples’ relationship. . Although the focus of Couples therapy is on the couple, there are times when the individual psychological issues of one or both parties need to be addressed.

Group Therapy – helps people work through problems by interacting with a therapist and a group of individuals with similar struggles, in a safe  confidential setting.  Each group member can share personal experiences, feelings and issues and receive feedback and support from the rest of the group.


Counselling Services in Nottinghamshire

Counselling offers an opportunity for you to talk through your thoughts and feelings in a safe, secure and confidential environment. It gives you the time and space to think about your own needs and to help you develop coping mechanisms, for issues that cannot be resolved.


Let’s Talk-Wellbeing  –

Let’s Talk-Wellbeing is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.

It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Let’s Talk-Wellbeing service could help.

The service provides specialised skilled and accredited practitioners who are able to provide psychological therapies (talking therapies) for people experiencing common difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress.

You may be eligible for help if you are aged 18 or over and registered with a GP practice in Nottingham City or County. You can contact your GP who may arrange a referral to Let’s Talk-Wellbeing, alternatively you can self-refer via leaflets at your GP practice.

Please click on the following link for further information and ways to refer into the service:

You can also download the Let’s Talk-Wellbeing leaflet.

Insight Healthcare  –

Insight Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation providing free NHS talking therapy services across the UK.

Are you feeling low, anxious, or stressed? If so, they can help. They provide free NHS talking therapy services across the country, delivered by therapists with a broad range of specialist skills, providing the best support for your particular needs.

Please click on the following link for further information and ways to refer into the service:

You can also download the Insight Healthcare Leaflet’


Faith support

If you are part of a Church of any denomination you will be able to get help to deal with sensitive problems. Just ask ‘what support is available for me as a carer’ ?