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The benefits of talking therapy 

Talking therapies can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations. You may also hear them referred to as talking treatments or psychological therapies.

Talking therapies work just as well whether you’re old or young, male or female, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor. Your educational background makes no difference either.

Talking therapy is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or has emotional problems they can’t sort out on their own.

For many adults, they may be the same or more effective than medication.

Can you get talking therapies on the NHS?

You may be able to get a talking therapy on the NHS. You’re most likely to be referred for counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT helps you understand how your feelings affect your thoughts and behaviour.

Your GP can refer you, or sometimes you can refer yourself to your local psychological therapies team.

You may have to wait a few weeks for it to start and may not have much choice in who you see.

Talking therapies are also widely available privately. Find out more about the different types of therapies available.