Email: [email protected]
Telephone 020 3947 2600 Fax: 020 8772 3242
SMS/text message: 07966 976749
To contact us using BSL click here: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/contact-us-in-bsl/
Address Falcon Mews, 46 Oakmead Road, Balham, London, SW12 9SJ
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, talking about it can help. BSL Healthy Minds offers two different ‘talking therapies’ for Deaf people: counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. The counsellor will listen, ask questions and reflect back their understanding, to help you clarify any problems and move forward.
Counselling can be particularly helpful if you’re adjusting to difficult circumstances or you’re not sure what the problem is. It is often recommended for people who are depressed, anxious, bereaved, having problems at work or home, or having problems with their identity.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, explores the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviours can help you feel better and help you make positive changes.
CBT focuses on specific problems you’re having. It is used for treating mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD and phobia. In regular weekly sessions, you’ll work together with your therapist to change unhelpful thinking patterns and overcome obstacles by changing your behaviour.
You’ll set goals for each session as well as longer term goals. There may be tasks to do after each session, which could include keeping a thoughts diary or practising new behaviours.
Find out more at this link: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/our-projects/psychological-therapies-service/therapies/counselling-or-cbt/
Find us on Face Book @signhealth and Twitter @signhealth
Registered Charity Number England & Wales (1011056), and Scotland (SC044122)
Approximately 40% of profoundly deaf people will experience mental distress at some time or other. If you are very unwell then you may be prescribed medication and even admitted to hospital. But, for most of us, this is not necessary. Psychological therapy is often the best way of overcoming our mental health problem. You might want to think about psychological therapy because you are:
- Worried Depressed Confused/identity issues
- Having feelings of panic or anxiety
- Feeling bad about yourself
- Wanting to make changes to your life
- Having to cope with changes that you have no control over
- Have problems with your relationships at home/work/school/college
- Someone important to you has died
We all know that talking to someone about a problem can often help. We all speak to friends or family about things that are bothering us. However, sometimes the problem can be too ‘big’, and the support from our friends may not be enough. Psychological therapists are trained to help people overcome their problems. This often involves ‘listening’ and asking the ‘right’ questions. In this way, we begin to see our experiences differently and make sense of what is happening. We may realise, for instance, that we have become very focused on part of our life, and forgotten about some of the things that make us happy and are more important to us. The counsellor helps us to take a step back and look at what might be causing the problem. The therapist will not tell anybody else what you say. It is confidential. Therapists are:
- Can use BSL
- Have an awareness and understanding of Deaf culture
- Work within a professional and ethical framework