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There is a counselling service held at Sunnyside provided by Positive Step - a partnership service with staff employed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Second Step and Atos Healthcare.  AWP has the overall responsibility for provision of the service.

When you are first referred to Positive Step, members of staff from Atos Healthcare gather your information, help you to access the website, book you onto courses or arrange a telephone appointment for you.

The Wellness Advisors are employed by Second Step and provide initial assessment of your needs, facilitate their courses and offer 1:1 brief therapy either by telephone or face to face. Second Step also employs a volunteer coordinator and an employment advisor.

Second Step Therapists are employed by AWP. They are all trained to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and offer this either 1:1 or via therapy groups. Their admin team and senior staff are also employed by AWP.

Patients may access Positive Step one-to-one counselling services via a referral from a GP or you can self-refer by telephoning 0800 688 8010.  They also run group courses to provide support and guidance on managing stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.  Please visit their website www.positivestep.org.uk for more information about all the services they offer.

 

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