Talking Therapies

NHS Talking Therapies (formerly Talking Change) is a team of therapists and researchers who specialise in the treatment of common mental health difficulties. The team provide talking therapies to help you cope better.

The service is free and confidential.

How the service works

Talking therapies involves discussing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour with a trained professional.

Therapy can be provided one-to-one, in a group, over the phone, or via video call. Depending on your needs and the type of therapy offered, the team will see you for 6–12 sessions. Each session runs for 30 or 60 minutes. Sessions are scheduled at the same time each week.

You can self-refer by completing an online form, or you can ask a healthcare professional to make a referral for you.

Things the team can treat you for:

  • Depression
  • Worrying lots about different things
  • Illness anxiety
  • Flashbacks or nightmares of trauma
  • Obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours
  • Social anxiety
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Perceived flaws in appearance
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Expressing anger
  • Problems in relationships
  • Struggling when pregnant
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The team also provide courses and workshops individually online or with other attendees. These can be very beneficial and can help people start to support themselves on topics such as:

  • Balancing thoughts
  • Mood management
  • Stress management
  • Overcoming worry
  • Panic and phobias
  • Health anxiety
  • Post natal support
  • Long term conditions

An in-person session can take place in local health clinics across Portsmouth (majority take place at The Pompey Centre, Psychological Services 8F, Fratton Way, Portsmouth PO4 8TA). All clinics have wheelchair access, and an interpreter can be provided.

Where are they based?

The Pompey Centre, Psychological Services 8F, Fratton Way, Portsmouth PO4 8TA

Opening times

  • Monday to Thursday, 8am -7pm
  • Friday, 8am-4pm
  • Saturday, 9am-12.30pm


Frequently asked questions about NHS Talking Therapies

No, you can self-refer to Talking Therapies (or be referred by another professional) – but you must be registered with a GP in Portsmouth to qualify for the service. More information can be seen on their website.

You must be aged 16+ to access the service.

Yes, Talking Therapies involves discussing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours with a trained professional – this might be one-to-one, in a group, over the phone or a video call.

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