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Psychological Therapies Team

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The Psychological Therapies Team (PTT) aim to provide a wide range of effective, evidence-based, goal focused and time limited psychological therapies in a flexible and collaborative manner, within the secondary adult mental health service.

  • Who are we?

    • A variety of practitioners, including Psychologists and Psychotherapists who specialise in the following therapeutic modalities:
      • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
      • Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
      • Cognitive Analytic Therapy
      • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapies
      • Existential Psychotherapy
      • Mindfulness Based Therapies
      • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
      • Art Therapy
    • All of our practitioners have had specialist training in interventions for people with mental health problems and are qualified to help people cope with and recover from complex mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • What do we do?

    • We offer a range of interventions on an individual, couple, family or group basis.  We will help you to understand your difficulties and identify possible solutions using approaches which may include:
      • Talking and developing a better understanding about possible causes of difficulties
      • Discussing your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and the ways that they influence each other
      • Helping you to draw on your own strengths and resources to find your own solutions to difficulties
      • Helping you to change how you respond in difficult situations
      • Helping you to make links between life experiences and current problems
      • Helping you to build and benefit from positive relationships
      • Asking you to fill in questionnaires or diaries, to help you to develop a better understanding of your difficulties
      • Giving you specific information (e.g., books, websites), and directing you to appropriate resources that can assist in helping you to feel better
  • Referral

    • PTT forms part of the secondary care adult mental health service that operates in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
    • Only people who meet the criteria for the secondary care adult mental health service can access PTT. In order to access secondary adult mental health services a person must show evidence of:
      • 1. Severe and enduring mental health problems, or
      • 2. A moderate to severe current mental health disorder, with associated levels of risk and complexity
    • PTT can accept referrals where there is evidence of psychological difficulties as a result of either 1 or 2 above.
    • PTT cannot offer psychological therapy when there is evidence that a person:
      • 1. Is currently engaging in high risk behaviours, to the extent that they interfere significantly with the therapy process.
      • 2. Is currently engaging in substance misuse that interferes significantly with the therapy process.
      • 3. Has had a history of extensive engagement with previous psychological treatment that has not led to meaningful functional change, with no/little information to suggest that this is likely to be different now.
  • Assessment

    • All referrals to the secondary care mental health service are discussed for suitability at a weekly initial multi-disciplinary intake meeting. If the referral meets the criteria outlined above the request is taken to the PTT team.
    • Two members of PTT will meet with the referred person to assess whether psychological treatment is likely to be appropriate and helpful. Psychological therapy is most effective when the person involved is committed and motivated to make changes. This can depend on other circumstances in the person's life, so it is important to work out whether it is the right time for therapy.
    • If psychological therapy is appropriate; the person will be offered a time-limited block of sessions with a therapist. The number of sessions offered will depend on individual circumstances, and progress will be reviewed regularly. At the beginning of treatment the person will be asked to identify specific goals that they want the sessions to focus on.
    • If psychological therapy is not appropriate; the reasons will be discussed with the person and the referrer.  Where possible, alternative venues for accessing appropriate support will be provided.
    • The referrer and the person's GP will be informed of the outcome of the assessment, and provided with regular updates about the person's progress in therapy.
  • Confidentiality

    • At the first assessment appointment the therapist will discuss issues relating to confidentiality. These include; how and what information is shared with other professionals, limitations to confidentiality when there is a need to respond to  potential risks of harm to self or others, record keeping, and boundaries within the therapeutic relationship.
  • Give Us Your Feedback

    • We welcome feedback about your experience of the PTT service.  Please follow the link to our Survey Monkey Questionnaire.
    • For further information you can contact us on 01481 725241 ext: 3552.


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