Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)

Your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner is a specially trained primary care mental health professional who is able to provide help and treatment for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

PWP work is focused on guided self-help using a wide range of information and resources to help you understand and manage your symptoms better.

They also have local knowledge of other services and agencies that can provide help with problems which might be contributing to your current difficulties and can help you to make contact with them.

The role of a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner has been likened to that of a self-help ‘coach’, such as an athletics coach, or a personal fitness trainer.

If people go to the gym or play sports, fitness trainers do not do the actual physical work of getting them fit. That is up to the individual. However, the trainer will help devise a fitness plan, show them how to use the equipment, monitor a person’s progress and keep encouraging them when the going gets tough. A PWP will act in the same way.

As a coach, PWPs have a role as educator and supporter, helping to motivate you to develop and use new skills and proven approaches, but always acknowledging the work you are undertaking as the expert in your own recovery journey.

A PWP can support you in the following ways
  • Offer regular 30 minute sessions to help support you with your work;
  • Explain your symptoms and give you information, including leaflets and booklets to read;
  • Plan an individual programme of psychological support and self-help activities to overcome your symptoms;
  • Work closely with your GP;
  • Regularly review your progress using questionnaires;
  • Help you make the best use of any medication prescribed by giving you information about the medicine and any side effects;
  • Discuss further options that are available from the service. These may include further treatment or information on relapse prevention.

Good Mental Health is ?The ability to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face?.

What’s on offer?

Your PWP is based at a community venue, your own or another local GP or medical centre and offers non-judgemental advice and support on a wide range of depression and anxiety issues.

Areas where support can be given include:
  • Increasing your motivation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Problem solving
  • Goal setting
  • Medication advice
  • Stress management
  • Assist you with changing unhelpful or anxious ways of thinking
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Signposting to other agencies
How does it work?

At first you will be offered an assessment, usually over the telephone which will typically last around 45 minutes.  This will help you and the PWP to determine what course of treatment is likely to be the most helpful and most effective at this time.

When working with a PWP for treatment, a typical face to face session will last approximately 30 minutes, but it’s usual that your first appointment might last 45 minutes to give you enough time to discuss your current issues and agree the best plan of action that you and your therapist are both happy with.

You will be introduced to facilitated self help where your practitioner will help you to help yourself.

If you have any special requirements to attend sessions, such as accessibility needs, please don’t hesitate to discuss these with us prior to your appointment and we will try our best to accommodate you. If your first language is not English, we are able to arrange to have sessions with an interpreter present.

Please talk to your GP about a referral to our service if you are concerned about your mental wellbeing, call us directly on 01375 898680 or complete our Online Referral Form to book your assessment appointment.