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NELFT Talking Therapies staff member featured on Head Talks video

A NELFT staff member has been featured on the Head Talks video website. Nadya Khokhar is the Senior IAPT Practitioner for Talking Therapies Barking & Dagenham (IAPT) and was featured in a video talking about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The Head Talks website hosts short talks with psychiatrists, academics, authors, meditation experts, politicians, nutritionists, and those who have struggled with and met the challenge of mental illness, and many others with a keen interest in the mind.

Head Talks aims to inform, inspire and engage those interested in the mind and mental wellbeing. People featured in the Head Talks videos include actress and mental health activist Ruby Wax, as well as Team GB Olympic athlete Jack Green.

The video entitled ‘Reset your Thinking – The CBT Therapist’ can be seen below:

Nadya Khokhar from Head Talks on Vimeo.

We took the opportunity to speak to Nadya about the project and to find out more about CBT.

How did your involvement in the project come about?

Our former colleague Dr Asif Bachlani put Oliver Chittenden, Head Talks Founder in touch with me, as he was looking for a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to talk about CBT for the website. We filmed the video in November last year. The initiative is to provide an easily accessible hub of information on mental well-being, and to lift the stigma attached to mental health problems. The website launched in January 2017 with videos on a range of topics linked to mental health.

How did you find the experience of being filmed?

Apart from a little anxiety provoking initially, it was an interesting experience.

Was this a one off or do you think this will lead to future filming work?

I think the filming work was a one off, at least for now. This was a great opportunity for an important project, which will hopefully be very useful for many people.

CBT isn’t a new idea – but its role in the NHS seems to have been expanded when NICE recommended that it became available in 2006. Can you tell us a bit about why CBT is getting increasing support within the medical community?

CBT is an evidence based treatment, whereby numerous studies have been carried out to assess the efficacy of this treatment, including Randomised Controlled Trials. It is NICE recommended for depression and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and psychosis, and bipolar effective disorder. It is also helpful for some physical health problems. 

CBT is an accessible therapy, which is suitable for children through to older adults and it can be adapted for those whose language isn't English or those with learning difficulties. It is a time –limited and collaborative therapy, helping clients overcome their difficulties by identifying factors maintaining their problems and working on ways to modify these. CBT interventions enable the client to become their own therapist and therefore supporting them to reduce relapse. It can be delivered in a number of formats, including one to one, group, and self-help materials. CBT is viewed as a cost effective treatment.

Following the government announcement on World Mental Health Day in 2007 about the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) initiative, IAPT services have been rolled out since 2008. Initially this was to offer CBT or guided self-help based on CBT. Over time services have expanded the therapy modalities offered, as CBT is not suitable for everyone. There are alternative evidence based therapies that can be helpful for those where CBT is not suitable. IAPT services now offer a choice of therapies including CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Counselling for Depression and Couples therapy.

For more information about the Talking Therapies service, visit the NELFT website page:

http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-talking-therapies

To further details about the Head Talks service, visit their website at: www.headtalks.com