A Stepped Care Model
We adopt a stepped care approach to service delivery, which advocates that a person should start with the least intensive (low intensity intervention) and least invasive treatment that matches their clinical need. If necessary the person then 'steps up' to a more intensive treatment (high intensity intervention). Some people are placed directly onto higher steps as appropriate.
Our stepped care model brings together a 'menu' of psychological health care solutions. This model enables commissioners to select the relevant options which will enhance their current provision and best fit the needs of the individual.
Services can be accessed at our Wolverhampton counselling and wellbeing practice and at GP surgeries or community venues to provide a seamless pathway of support.
Low Intensity Interventions
We deliver a range of low intensity interventions including:
Wellbeing groups offer health-education (also known as psychoeducation), support, self-help, and skill building. The groups enable people to build upon their own strengths, resources and coping skills and contribute to their own health and wellness on a long-term basis. Our wellbeing groups include:
- Anxiety management
- Dealing with depression
- Managing anger
- Confidence building and assertiveness
- Psychological dietary coaching
- Stress management
Our wellbeing programmes consist of six weekly two hours sessions; however, we also offer a bespoke solution in which duration, content, and emphasis can be specifically designed to fit the requirements of the commissioner.
High Intensity Interventions
The majority of people with mild to moderate symptoms would start treatment with a brief low-intensity intervention; however, a person who with more severe symptoms would require a high-intensity intervention of up to twenty psychological therapy sessions. Others who have not responded to low-intensity treatment will also need high-intensity treatment. Our high intensity options include:
For some anxiety conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or social phobia, people normally go straight to high-intensity treatment (usually 7-14 sessions) unless the problem is very mild or recent. High-intensity treatment is also recommended for other persistent anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder) that have not responded to low-intensity interventions.
Commissioning For Outcomes
We believe that the routine collection of outcomes data is fundamental to the effective delivery of psychological interventions. Health and social outcomes are recorded accurately and regularly for every client. Collection of outcomes data is important for people who use services and those who care for them, clinicians, team leaders, local managers, and regional and national policy leaders.
We welcome discussion with commissioners and practice based commissioning consortia looking for professional and innovative services that maximise health gains and social impact. If you would like get in touch or require any further information about our services please telephone: 01902 827808 and ask to speak to Teresa Lewis. Alternatively fill out our online contact form.
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