Who is Talking Therapies for?

We work with people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP and experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, worry and depression.

We also provide treatment for people with the following common mental health problems:

  • agoraphobia
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • specific phobias (such as heights, flying, spiders)

In addition to this we offer treatment for people experiencing long-term physical health conditions, which impact their mental health. This includes:

  • diabetes (type 1 and 2 and pre-diabetes)
  • cardiovascular related problems
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Are you ready for therapy?

The first thing to consider, are you ready for therapy?

You know you are ready for therapy if you:

  • feel prepared to work on your difficulties
  • are optimistic that therapy can help
  • can form stable relationships
  • can recognise and talk about feelings and thoughts
  • know you are responsible for change
  • can focus on positive outcomes or goals
  • can commit to the process even though you may be fearful or have reservations
  • are not presenting as a risk to yourself or others

The easiest way to do this, and if you are ready, is to self-refer online.

Once we receive your referral, we can look to get you your first appointment booked.

Waiting times

Within 5 working days of receiving your referral, you will be contacted by a member of our admin team. They will arrange your initial telephone assessment appointment with one of our therapists.

Once confirmed, your appointment details will be emailed or posted to you and will include further information about what to expect.

There may be times when we would need to discuss transferring your care with other services if we are not the appropriate service to meet your needs. If you do not hear from us after 5 days, call us on 01208 871 905 or email the Talking Therapies Service. The team will respond Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

We expect 12,500 people to access Talking Therapies a year across a range of services. We assess 93% of people within 6 weeks. Some services receive more referrals than others and these median waiting times give you a guide as to what you can expect.

Assessment current wait time in days

  • 12 days

Low intensity current wait time in days

Service Days
Therapeutic groups including young at heart, finding yourself again, menopause and stressbuster. 21
One-to-one therapy 188
Silvercloud therapy (accompanied) 13

High intensity current wait time in days

Service Days
Therapeutic groups including health relating, worry less and live more, mood booster and neuro. 80
Cognitive behavioural therapy 78
Counselling for depression 69
Couples’ therapy for depression 7
Interpersonal psychotherapy 59
Mindfulness 5
Post traumatic stress disorder therapy 87

This information was last updated on 29 May 2024.