Is therapy covered by NHS Scotland?

You can get free psychological therapies, including counselling for depression, on the NHS. You do not need a referral from a GP. You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service. Or you can get a referral from a GP if you prefer.

How do I get an NHS therapist in Scotland?

How can I get psychotherapy? If you think you might benefit from therapy, the best place to start is with your GP. Your GP or another healthcare professional may be able to refer you to a qualified therapist for free treatment on the NHS. However, waiting lists for NHS treatment are often long.

How do you get someone sectioned under the mental health Act in Scotland?

If the police find you in a public place and you appear to have a mental disorder and are in need of immediate care or control, they can take you to a place of safety (usually a hospital or sometimes the police station) and detain you there under Section 136.

Does Scotland have free therapy?

Scotland has become the first country in the world to offer free digital therapy for anxiety and insomnia to every adult. More than five million people across all 14 NHS Scotland health board areas will have 24/7 instant access to cognitive behavioural therapy.

Can you get CBT on the NHS Scotland?

You can get psychological therapies, including CBT, on the NHS. You can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy BACP?

A counsellor is more likely to help with a specific difficulty, current problem or surface issue. An example might include a bereavement or a difficulty that is not necessarily rooted in the past. A psychotherapist is more likely to help with more deep-rooted difficulties that affects a client’s life.

How long is the NHS therapy waiting list?

The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.

How do you get referred to therapy in Scotland?

The Living Life service offers support to people in Scotland through guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy. You can access the service by referring yourself for an assessment by phoning 0800 328 9655 (Monday to Friday: 1pm – 9pm).

Can you section yourself Scotland?

Someone can only be sectioned if they meet certain criteria, these are: Their mental health problem is so severe that they need urgent assessment and treatment. They are a danger to themselves or others due to their mental health.