Stockport secondary care psychological therapies service (SCPTS)

We work with people aged 16 and above who are currently being supported by one of the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), or who are currently admitted on a mental health inpatient ward. We also provide consultation and support to staff. 

Inpatient wards 

On the mental health inpatient wards, you can be referred to the ward psychologist by ward staff. 

We don't offer psychological therapy on the ward but you can be offered a number of one-to-one sessions. These sessions are a way of helping you and your care team to understand the difficulties you are experiencing, how they have developed, and what is keeping them going.

We talk this through together and we may draw a diagram called a formulation. Having this understanding can help us to think about, identify, and plan what may be helpful for you now and in the future. We can look at any changes you could make that might help you to manage your difficult feelings and reduce any unhelpful cycles that you might feel stuck in. 

We also run psychology groups on the ward, which can be helpful for understanding yourself, and finding new ways of coping and ideas for recovery. 

For staff, we offer training and support using reflective practice groups, de-brief sessions, and peer-supervision groups. 

Support in the community 

We have a range of psychological therapists working in our team including Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists. 

You can be referred to us by your Community Mental Health Team for individual or group therapy. Some of the individual therapies we currently offer are: 

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) 
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) 
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) 
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy 
  • Compassion focused therapy (CFT)

The group therapies we currently offer are: 

  • Everyday mindfulness group 
  • Bipolar relapse prevention group 
  • Hearing voices drop-in group 
  • Regulating emotion through acceptance and change 

We also offer neuropsychological assessments. This looks at how your brain is managing certain areas of thinking, such as remembering, concentrating and problem solving, if you are experiencing these difficulties as well as mental health needs. 

Community mental health and psychiatry colleagues can also access support from our service through consultation, training and supervision. 

*Please note that the above offer can vary at times dependent on staffing levels and capacity.