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Talk Changes (formerly Primary Care Psychology)

We are a confidential NHS service, offering talking therapies to adults (18 years and over) and improving access to Psychological Therapies for people residing in Hackney or the City.

Talk ChangesTalk Changes is the new name for our Primary Care Psychology service. We are an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Talking therapies are more than just talk, they empower people to make changes to improve their wellbeing and overcome their problems. We offer help over the telephone, online and in person. Anyone registered with a Hackney GP can self-refer via our website
Our aim is to help improve the mental well being of people suffering from difficulties such as:

  • experience of a traumatic event
  • panic attacks
  • sadness that won’t go away
  • anxiety- excessive worrying
  • coping with medical conditions, such as heart problems, sickle cell disease, neurological conditions, diabetes or chronic pain
  • difficulty controlling anger
  • worrying about work
  • sleep problems
  • relationship problems
  • low confidence.

Services available

Everyone has different needs, so we take an individual approach to help. We can offer guided self help, one day courses and “talking therapy”, using an approach called “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” (CBT).

CBT is based on scientific principles that research has shown to be effective for a wide range of difficulties. The therapist will work with you to help identify and understand your problems and how they affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This approach focuses on the difficulties you’re experiencing as well as strategies and goals for overcoming them.

Guided Self-Help allows you to try out ways of building confidence, getting motivated and reducing stress. You can meet with therapists in person and/or talk with them over the telephone.

We offer a range of one day courses, focussing on topics such as stress management and sleep problems. These are group-based sessions where you learn techniques to help you manage your difficulties. You are not expected to discuss your problems with other people in the class unless you wish to.

Talking Therapy involves meeting with a therapist face to face. It provides an opportunity to work in more depth with problems, often focussing on how thinking patterns and previous experiences have an impact on current difficulties.

Who to contact

Homerton University Hospital

Where to go

St. Leonard's Hospital
Louis Freedman Building
Nuttall Street
N1 5LZ

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