The Psychological Therapies Team (PTT) include Psychologists and Psychotherapists who specialise in the following therapies:
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
- Family and Systemic Therapy
- Schema Therapy
You can find out more about some of the therapies and services we offer by reading the PDF documents on this page.
All of our therapists 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.
- PTT forms part of the secondary care adult mental health service that operates in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
- To access secondary adult mental health services a person must show evidence of:
- Severe and enduring mental health problems, or
- 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:
- Is currently engaging in high risk behaviours, to the extent that they interfere significantly with the therapy process.
- Is currently engaging in substance misuse that interferes significantly with the therapy process.
- 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.
- If the referral meets the criteria outlined above, the request is taken to the PTT team.
- A meeting between PTT and the referred person will determine whether psychological treatment is appropriate. 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; where possible, alternative venues for accessing appropriate support will be provided.
- The referrer and the person's GP will be informed and provided with regular updates about the person's progress in therapy.
- 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.
- There is a wealth of third sector organisations in Guernsey that provide support to islanders experiencing difficulties with areas such as their physical and mental health, financial hardship and issues around inclusion. Please see the Signposting Information PDF [63kb] which contains links to these other services and organisations.
Give Us Your Feedback
- You can contact us on 01481 225241 ext: 24268 or email PTT@gov.gg