How We Support You
Psychosocial Intervention (PSI) and Psychological Therapies
All members of staff working within the Early Intervention Service are trained at various levels to work with an approach called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a kind of talking therapy which can help with difficulties such as upsetting voices or beliefs, depression, anxiety and obsessions. CBT involves setting goals and developing strategies for achieving them. It involves looking at how thoughts, feelings, physical experiences and behaviour affect each other, and trying out different ways of changing things.
The service also has a number of psychological therapists working within the team who can offer a range of talking based interventions and support. This can be one to one work, group work and family work. Sometimes people like to meet for just a few sessions to work on a specific issue, and others might choose to work for longer periods of time.
What is Family Intervention?
Family Intervention (FI) is a type of support which aims to help families cope with the difficulties they face on day-to-day basis. It involves a number of sessions where one (or sometimes two) family worker works together with a family to try to tackle any problems the family is facing. The family worker and the family members work together as equal partners in a collaborative fashion. Each family member is assisted in working towards personal goals, with the help of the other family members. The first sessions tend to include discussions about relevant mental health problems and help that is available out there. Further sessions tend to look at simple ways of improving family communication in order to reduce stress.
How can Family Intervention help?
Family Work can:
- Help you to improve your knowledge and understanding of mental health difficulties, medications and treatments and services available
- Offer support to you and your family
- Help you and your family to solve difficulties together
- Help you to identify and achieve your personal goals
- Help you to get on better as a family
- Increase likelihood of recovery and reduce time spent in hospital.
For further information about the psychological interventions offered by the Early Intervention Service, please follow this link
Service User Support
We believe that the services we offer will be better if the people who use them help to shape them. Many service users also find it useful to have a chance to meet with others who have experienced similar difficulties.
Please follow this link to find out how you can become involved
Your psychiatrist may talk to you about options regarding the use of medication. He or she may offer you, for example, medication for psychotic symptoms (antipsychotics), for mood symptoms (antidepressants or mood stabilizers) or for anxiety (anxiolytics). Occasionally they may suggest other medications to help reduce severe distress or sleep disturbance.