We are Devon's NHS Talking Therapies Service. A free, confidential, service, part of NHS Talking Therapies, for people (aged 18+) in Devon (excluding Plymouth), helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

TALKWORKS, we’re here to help you feel better about life and to help you feel like yourself again. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, having sleepless nights or struggling with anxiety, we are here to help. You can self-refer to our service and a team member will then contact you to arrange an initial appointment. TALKWORKS is not able to provide a crisis response service. If you need help urgently, you can access emergency mental health support.

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  • Support for adults (over 18) suffering with stress, anxiety, low mood or depression
  • Help in identifying the problem
  • Identifying strengths and support to draw on
  • Guidance in setting realistic goals and support in achieving them
  • Choice of individual or group support
  • Counselling
  • Specific treatment for people who have experienced trauma
  • Access to support is flexible and can be at GP surgeries, libraries, community hospitals
  • Help and support in accessing employment advisors

Staff are trained to help individuals recover from anxiety and depression and support is based around individual needs and requirements. Initial support identifies the problem and the self management programme that would suit you. Overcoming depression and anxiety will involve looking at thoughts and actions that are unhelpful for you, together with finding strengths for you to build on.

One element of support offered is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is based on the way thoughts, behaviours and feelings interact with each other. Some of these associations can be helpful while others are not.

Individuals suffering with low mood, anxiety or depression may have difficulty in finding or keeping employment. This service has close links with employment advisors who may be able to offer support to get back to work.

Staff are usually able to arrange to meet you at a location reasonably close to you, for example GP surgeries, community hospitals or libraries.