Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest offer a vibrant and multi-disciplinary Psychological Therapies service, combining 1:1 and group approaches.
The service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). We are also an independent IAPT provider, delivering to the highest clinical standards.
We operate from an integrative perspective, giving great value to client choice as well as actively supporting a compassionate, mindful and engaged approach to psychological therapies.
The team consists of Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Mindfulness practitioners, Art therapists and Psychological practitioners in training.
We offer medium term 1:1 therapy and a wide range of groups such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions (Compassion Focused) and CBT.
Our service supports people with common mental health problems, as well as moderate-severe problems, to improve their quality of life.
People with mental health conditions are more likely to have smaller and poorer quality social networks. Our integrated Psychological Therapies model pioneers key aspects of improving mental health by offering:
Each of these features enhances talking therapy as an intervention, by providing a safe space and trusting relationships.
We were chosen in 2015 as the lead provider of the London Borough of Hackney funded Wellbeing Network of mental health voluntary sector organisations. In 2017 we were commissioned by the City and Hackney CCG to offer an independent IAPT service, offering Low and High Intensity interventions.
The team is comprised of Network and IAPT staff alike, delivering alongside each other and in collaboration.
Our recent client feedback for 2017-18 is very positive and indicates that:
In line with our inclusive ethos, we have a BAME access rate to psychological therapies of 41%.
The IAPT service recovery rate stands at an average 61% since the start of the service, well above the national rate of 52.5%, demonstrating the value of psychological therapies in the Voluntary Sector.
“I went to the doctor because my depression (triggered by divorce and work issues) was aggravated and I recognised I needed help. My doctor proposed medication and meditation.
I declined the medication and contacted Mind CHWF …I went to the initial meeting and was borderline suicidal – more depressed than I recall having ever been in my life.
The consequences of participating in the 8-week Mindfulness course have been palpable. As a result I can now welcome thoughts which were painful or profoundly uncomfortable (depressing) and show myself kindness, eliminate repetition, and take responsibility for my actions more effectively as I accept emotions - including very unpleasant ones.
Thank you all very much. I am profoundly grateful.”