Mental Health
NHS Services

VitaMinds Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) provides a range of short-term psychological therapies for the treatment of diagnosable common mental health conditions. These include depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We offer support options for people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Guided Self-Help and Groups. Depending on your requirements, our support is delivered either face-to-face, by phone or online.

Having a diverse team allows us to adopt any one of a variety of support styles to suit your needs. We can provide a range of group classes at varied times in a location convenient to you, individual face-to-face sessions, or over the phone as well as a secure video link.

We’re a free and confidential service working on behalf of the NHS. We’re also part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which has transformed the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England.

Our team of mental health experts are highly trained, accredited practitioners committed to providing the highest standard of clinical care to people in need.

Ready to refer? Choose from one of the options below:

If you’re in need of immediate help, please contact your GP or the emergency service (999, or your local Accident and Emergency Department).  Alternatively, if you’re experiencing a crisis and need a person talk things through with, you can call the Crisis Teams in your area.

Find your local crisis team.

Our clinicians and their support

Psychological therapists:

Psychological therapists help people deal with problems that significantly interfere with their lives. Some psychological therapists in our service are trained as clinical or counselling psychologists, some as counsellors or psychotherapists and some as cognitive behavioural therapists.

Many people face problems such as coping with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma or adjustment to new life circumstances. Seeing a psychological therapist involves building a relationship between therapist and client in which problems can be thought about and worked through together. You will develop strategies to cope better, manage your wellbeing and ultimately lead a happier life.

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners:

Psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWP) are trained to guide you through a range of self-help materials specific to your difficulties. Their role is to deliver low intensity support. The self-help materials may be in the form of leaflets or booklets, or available online. You choose how you wish to engage with the self-help support. The treating clinician making your bespoke programme selects all material. The online support has a large library of additional content, which you can access for 12 months.

Our practitioners will guide you through the programme, whether paper based, or computer based, and help you with any difficulties that may arise.

All of our psychological team are all qualified and accredited to work in an IAPT service, in accordance to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – find out more

Long-Term Conditions Team:

It’s very common for people diagnosed with a long-term condition to feel low, frustrated or worried at times. Living with a long-term condition can affect a person’s mood and how they feel can impact their health.

Our Long-Term Conditions Team can support individuals to improve their overall wellbeing. Those individuals learn to cope better with the demands of managing their condition, which has a positive impact on their mood and health. We work with a range of problems including: diabetes, coronary heart disease/heart failure, COPD, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.