NHS East Cheshire Talking Therapies

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01625 469 950

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How can we help?

NHS East Cheshire Talking Therapies provide free psychological therapies to help with common mental health difficulties. Our team includes Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, supported by an administration team.

Therapy can be provided one-to-one, in a group, over the phone, via video call or online.

Who are we for?

NHS East Cheshire Talking Therapies is for anyone aged 16+ who is registered with a GP in East Cheshire (Alderley Edge, Bollington, Chelford, Congleton, Disley, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton and Wilmslow). Our team are based all over East Cheshire in various community venues.

What can we help with?

We offer support for a range of difficulties including: depression, anxiety, stress, panic, sleep difficulties, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessional compulsive disorder, social anxiety, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, significant life changes, menopause, adjustment issues, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse.

If you have a long term condition such a diabetes, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, long Covid, cardiovascular disease, we can offer specialist psychological support.


Depression is a feeling of low mood that lasts for more than 2 weeks and affects your everyday life. You can feel down, sad and tearful, and have little interest or pleasure in doing the things you normally do. You may also feel guilty or bad about yourself, or that you are failure and have let yourself or your family down. Depression can cause you to feel tired and have little energy, to sleep badly, to eat too much or too little, and to find it hard to concentrate. In its mildest form, being depressed may not stop you from doing things, but it can make everything feel harder to do and less worthwhile. At its worst, severe depression can make you feel that life is no longer worth living.

Generalised anxiety

Most of us have worries from time to time but you may find yourself worrying about a lot of different things, and feel you can’t control your worrying. People with generalised anxiety tend to feel nervous, anxious or on edge on most days and can find it hard to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one worry goes away, another may appear about something else. Being anxious and worried all the time can make you feel restless, easily tired and irritable. You may also have difficulties concentrating, have tension in your muscles, and be sleeping badly.

Panic attacks

Panic attacks are sudden attacks of extreme anxiety (or fear). Signs include a racing heartbeat, sweating, trembling or shaking, feeling unable to breathe, choking sensations, chest pains, nausea, or feeling dizzy and faint. You may fear losing control, going ‘crazy’, having a heart attack, or fear that some other bad thing is going to happen.

Panic attacks may be one off or occasional, or they could happen over and over again. Often, panic attacks come out of the blue, when you’re not in danger, and for no reason. You may find that you worry a lot about having another panic attack, and this can set off more attacks, or lead you to avoid situations in case you have a panic attack.


Agoraphobia means a fear of places or situations which might be difficult to escape from. You may feel very anxious when going into shops, being in crowds, or when travelling on trains, buses or planes. This can lead you to avoid certain places and situations, or you may have things you do to help you cope, such as shopping online, or asking other people to do your shopping for you, or having someone else with you when you go out. People with agoraphobia often experience panic attacks too.

Social anxiety

Social anxiety, is more than just ‘shyness’. People with social anxiety can be fearful and embarrassed when with other people and so avoid things such as shopping or speaking on the phone – they may even have panic attacks in those situations. Many of us worry sometimes about social situations, but if you have social anxiety, you’ll worry a lot about them before, during and afterwards. Being embarrassed or looking stupid may be among your worst fears, and you’re likely to fear being judged by other people and doing or saying something you think will be embarrassing, such as blushing or sweating. Because of this, you may avoid doing things that involve being around people.

Health anxiety

Health anxiety is when you spend so much time worrying you’re ill, or about getting ill, that it starts to take over your life. It is characterised by: frequently check your body for signs of illness, such as lumps, tingling or pain, consistently asking people for reassurance that you’re not ill, worry that a doctor or medical tests may have missed something, obsessively look at health information on the internet or in the media and/or avoiding anything to do with serious illness, such as medical TV programmes. You may worry about having a specific illness or it may be more of a general feeling that ‘something isn’t right’.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Are you bothered by thoughts or images that you can’t easily stop or that don’t make sense to you? For example, thoughts about being contaminated by germs, thoughts that you may have hurt someone when you didn’t want to, or thoughts that harm will come to someone you love? If these thoughts are followed by actions that you do over and over again or can’t easily stop, such as washing your hands to make sure they are clean, going back to places to make sure you haven’t hurt someone, or counting or repeating a phrase in your head to stop harm coming to others, then you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD.


A phobia is a strong fear or anxiety which is set off by being in a certain situation or being near a certain object. Many of us have fears about certain situations or objects, but it becomes a phobia if the fear doesn’t match the danger, it lasts for more than six months, and it affects how you live your day-to-day life. Common phobias include being near certain animals (such as spiders, dogs or snakes), heights, flying, eating certain foods, having an injection, seeing blood or vomit, or fearing you will vomit yourself. Phobias can affect you on a daily basis, especially if you begin to organise your life around avoiding the thing that you fear.

Loss & Bereavement

Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. Bereavement and loss can cause many different symptoms and they affect people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Some of the most common symptoms include: shock, numbness, sadness, crying, tiredness, exhaustion, anger, guilt.

You may experience grief for a number of reasons such as someone you are close to dying, someone you are close to moving away, a relationship breakdown, loss of a job, home or significant changes to your health.

Therapies we offer

We offer a wide range of therapies recommended by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), including:

Online therapy

With online therapy, you can gain instant access to a range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes that can help you work on anxiety, low mood and stress.

You will be supported throughout the programme by one of our practitioners who will provide guidance and tailor the online therapy to meet your needs.


We provide access to SilverCloud – an informative online therapy programme proven to help with stress, anxiety, low mood, and depression.

Flexible, use it anytime, anyplace, anywhere…

Whether at home, work or elsewhere. On a computer, tablet or on a mobile phoneWork flexibly at a steady pace.

State of the art technology…

Includes easy to follow programmes with:

  • Video clips
  • Interactive quizzes
  • A journal
  • Audio-guided mindfulness exercises
  • Reflective exercises… and more

Accessible and easy to use…

You work independently with guidance from one of our practitioners who will offer regular online reviews. The programmes consists of evidence-based interventions including; activities and concepts from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all recognised to have a positive impact on low mood and anxiety.

How do I access?

Click here to make a referral.

Groups, workshops and courses

We offer a range of groups, workshops and courses that can provide you with skills and techniques to manage how you are feeling in the ‘here and now’. They will help you learn how to manage emotions and negative thoughts, which will have a positive impact on your life.

Stress management group

We offer a 6 session course on how to manage stress, worry, and low mood using guided self help techniques. There are many benefit from being in a group as you can learn from each other and feel supported by others.

Depression and Anxiety group

We offer a 6 week course which is run by experienced therapists and will help you to understand your depression and anxiety and learn practical techniques, using cognitive behavioural therapy, to help manage and overcome your difficulties.

Menopause group

We offer one-day workshops on all things menopause. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and explore the challenges of the menopause and what can help us to manage the emotional and physical changes before, during and after menopause.

Bereavement Group

We can offer 5 group sessions to offer support you through grief and loss to help you connect with other people who maybe going through a similar experience. This group will focus on normalising grief and your personal experience of it, as well as looking at the impact this may have on your everyday life and relationships.

Mindfulness Course for long term health conditions

This is an 8-week course which introduces the concept of mindfulness and how this practice can help with managing long term conditions.

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All of the therapies we offer are recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Our one to one therapies can be offered over the phone, via video call or in person at a venue in East Cheshire.

Guided Self Help

Guided self-help is a brief therapy based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It can support people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress. Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will usually have around 6 sessions with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is recommended by NICE for depression and a range of anxiety related difficulties. It can help you to understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours may be linked to your problems and can help to identify the changes which could be made to improve your mood. It is a structured, practical talking therapy which focuses on goals and making changes using a variety of evidenced based techniques.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)

EMDR is used to help people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD may experience intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events in their past. EMDR helps the brain reprocess memories of the traumatic event which helps reduce symptoms and allows the person to move on from the traumatic experience.


Counselling can help you identify and understand your problems, express your feelings, gain a deeper insight into your issues and develop your own resources to build emotional resilience. You’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a counsellor who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising. The counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy is a structured, time-limited therapy that typically works intensely on how we relate and interact with others. The thought process behind the therapy is that once a person is capable of interacting more effectively with those around them, the psychological symptoms can improve. It will tend to focus on just a couple of key issues and for this reason IPT is best suited to those with identifiable problems.

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Not sure what therapy is right for you?

If you’re not sure about what therapy might be most helpful for you, then please use the form below to arrange a conversation with one of our practitioners about the options available to you.

Click here to make a referral to speak to a practitioner.

Need help in a crisis?

Please note, we are not an emergency or crisis service.

If you need immediate support please:

  • Call the Mental Health Helpline on 0800 145 6485 for residents of Cheshire East, West and the Wirral. Open 24/7
  • Call Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. Open 24/7
  • Visit your nearest A&E department and ask to see a member of the Liaison Psychiatry or Crisis Team
    or call 999 to request an ambulance to take you there
  • Call your GP during practice hours and request an urgent appointment.

Professional referrals

If you are a health or social care professional wishing to make a referral on behalf of someone, please complete our online referral form.

Click here to refer someone.


What our service users say…

“When I started therapy I was really struggling with health anxiety and general anxiety. I wasn’t fully taking part in life – I was withdrawing and thinking I couldn’t cope. However, with my therapists help I am realising that I can do things and that I am not vulnerable and this has been very liberating – I’m starting to live”.

“The process has been life changing. I feel like a completely different person, who is more in control of my thoughts and actions. The homework was beneficial as it broke the process down into manageable chunks and my therapist explained them brilliantly to me”.

“This is the first time I’ve come away feeling positive about the future, having seen for myself a shift in my perceptions and views of both myself and the world around me. The support I have received has been amazing, and it is the first time I’ve felt I could be truly honest in how I had been feeling”.

“Now that my sessions are over, I feel more ready to tackle the challenges life will bring and I want to thank this NHS service for providing me with such wonderful, life changing care”.

“I genuinely think this is the best thing I have done. My therapist has been amazing, thank you so much for your help. I think everyone should have CBT, really really useful”.

“Without sounding cliché, I felt better from the moment I first spoke to somebody on the phone. The lady was patient, kind and empathetic, which was just what I needed”.