Talking Therapies

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Current waiting time.pngAre you aged 14-25 and feeling stressed, anxious or low? If the answer’s yes, then we are here to help.

Sometimes it can be difficult to explain how you’re feeling but it’s important to get some support if you need it. Our talking therapies can help you to develop ways of managing your thoughts and emotions, helping you to feel better.

Our waiting list for this service is up to just two weeks, so you can rest assured you’ll be seen quickly - getting the support you need, when you need it. We also know that most of the young people and young adults who access our psychological therapies make strong progress towards recovery, so you can be confident that getting in touch with us will make a difference.

How to access our psychological therapies

Accessing our talking therapies is easy – just call our Access Centre on 0300 300 0099, where the team will talk you through the referral process. Alternatively you can refer yourself using our online portal.

If you’re don’t feel confident referring yourself, you can ask a friend or family member to refer you using one of the methods above or you can visit your GP and ask to be referred to the Forward Thinking Birmingham talking therapies service.

You can also sign up for Silvercloud, our online therapy platform, which offers programmes for stress, anxiety and depression.

What does it involve?

Once you’ve been referred to the service, our team will check whether talking therapies are right for your needs. If they think the service can help, we’ll then pass your details on to one of our providers who will be in touch within two to three weeks to arrange an appointment.

We offer lots of different therapies, some of which are culturally specific, while others encourage you to express yourself creatively. We also provide more traditional sessions if that’s what would suit you best. 

If you still need support after your course of therapy has finished, we’ll make sure you can access it through Forward Thinking Birmingham or one of our voluntary and community sector partners.

Note for clinicians

Forward Thinking Birmingham’s talking therapies follow the national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) framework.