Hawthorn Medical Centre

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The Psychology Team

The Primary Care Psychology Team

There are currently four Mental Health Practitioners at Hawthorn Surgery. We offer brief psychological interventions to help with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and related problems . Referrals are managed by your GP within the surgery or by self-referral.

We also offer a range of free psycho-educational courses available to anyone in Swindon and Wiltshire. The courses are based on cognitive behavioural therapy, teaching a variety of tools and techniques to help people to manage their mood. Courses are free to access without having to speak to a GP first, via our website(see link below) or telephone 01793 836836. Courses cover a range of common mental health problems including Stress and Mood Management, Beating low self-esteem , Coping with Low Mood, Coping with Panic and Principles and Practice of Relaxation, Pain management and Chronic fatigue. We run courses both daytimes and evenings with occasional Saturdays across a variety of locations.

For more information on any of the above, please visit our website: http://www.awp.nhs.uk/

CBT is a type of talking therapy which helps people understand the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which can help to lift peoples’ moods and reduce anxiety by breaking behavioural patterns.

The Primary Care Psychology Service also provides a variety of guided self-help options including self-help literature, Books on Prescription, Computerised Cognitive Behavioural therapy and psycho-educational courses.

Books on Prescription is a scheme set up by Swindon Primary Care Trust and Swindon Libraries to provide a range of recommended self-help books to people who may wish to resolve common mental health difficulties. Our books on prescription scheme is available through prescription from your GP or through one of the Mental Health Practitioners.

Beating the Blues (BTB) is a self help computer program for anxiety or depression based on Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT). The beating the blues program consists of 8 hourly sessions which provide tools and techniques for managing your mood. The programme is available on-line for you to complete in your own time, or with a facilitator at Priory Road Surgery.