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Coping with a Long term illness - Talking Health Team

0300 555 3344

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The Talking Health Team at TALKWORKS work with people to help them manage the emotional difficulties that often go hand in hand with experiencing a long-term physical health condition.

Support with chronic illness and depression

Long term conditions are physical health conditions that require ongoing management over a period of years.

The team can help people with conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • COPD and other respiratory conditions
  • Obesity
  • Heart conditions
  • Persistent pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Gastrointestinal conditions and IBS
  • Kidney conditions
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Other long term conditions.

How can our Talking Health team help?

Our Talking Health Team is a dedicated team of practitioners, experienced in working with people with a combination of physical and emotional health difficulties.

They often work closely with, or in the same place as, other health professionals you may be seeing, including hospital and community based services.

The team primarily use an approach called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This approach looks at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact. It is a proven talking treatment for helping people to make changes to help them feel better. Improving emotional wellbeing can help people to improve their physical health.

We work across Devon and can help anyone over the age of 18 - no matter your gender, sexuality, age or race.

Your experience with us

Your feedback matters

I was apprehensive about using the service thinking I wasn't "bad" enough but a talk to the cardiac group by a TALKWORKS practitioner gave me confidence to self-refer. I was referred with respect and taken seriously throughout, felt safe and was given tools and advise to help myself take control of my situation. 

“The therapy gently supported me to both understand and come to terms with my diagnosis and how it has impacted on me as a person for so many years. I felt I could be open and honest in a very safe space. I not only feel better, I understand myself better too.”

I could not fault the service I received. I was listened to and given so many different resources to help my anxiety and depression. I was so very low a year ago but with the amazing support from my therapist I feel more and more myself every day. Thank you TALKWORKS.

Mood Quiz

How are you feeling?

Take our Mood Quiz to help you understand if how you’re feeling is affecting your mental wellbeing. The self-assessment quiz is not designed to replace a consultation with your GP or other healthcare professional. However, if after taking the quiz you have concerns about your mental wellbeing please get in touch with us and we can help you or alternatively, contact your GP for an appointment.