While you wait

If you have been placed on a waiting list, you can consider other effective treatment options in the service which may have shorter waiting times. Have a look at our treatment options to explore this further, or give us a call to discuss other options of treatment.

Books on Prescription

Please follow the link here, to access recommended reading on various difficulties, including a detailed list of available books to assist you. You can access the list of topics here.

When will I be offered a session?

We always try our very best to keep our waiting times to a minimum, however, at times waiting can be unavoidable.

It is very important to be as flexible as you can be about the times, days and locations that you can attend therapy. We offer therapy in various locations in the whole of Croydon, and most of our appointments are between 9 am and 5pm. Patients who are willing to accept any time at any location often cut their waiting times more than in half, as compared to those people who request specific times and locations. We would therefore like to encourage you to consider whether there are arrangements that you could make in order to become more flexible, which may include discussing this with your employer (we can provide you with a letter that confirms your therapy appointments), thinking about childcare options or using public transport.

What can I do whilst I wait?

You may find that good self-help material can really help you make things easier for you whilst you wait. We understand that you may have tried out a lot of different things, and that you may be reluctant to try anything more. However, the self-help material we suggest may be different to the one you have tried, and you may want to check whether it is useful after all? Furthermore, a lot of it is based on CBT principles and recognised CBT treatment protocols, so it gives you a headstart for your upcoming therapy.

You will find excellent, structured and free self-help material based on recognised CBT treatment protocols on the following websites:


Topics include:
Improving Assertiveness
Coping with Depression
Overcoming Body Dysmorphia
Overcoming Health Anxiety
Overcoming Low Self-esteem
Coping with Panic Attacks
Coping with Social Anxiety
Mastering your worries – Overcoming Generalised Anxiety


NHS Northumberland and Tyne Self Help Booklets – http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/

Living life to the full – http://www.llttf.com/index.php?section=page&page_seq=8

Translated Materials: http://www.londonhp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/improving-access-to-ps

Other useful links

Mind in Croydon – http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk
Depression Alliance – http://www.depressionalliance.org/how-we-can-help/self-help-groups/surrey
Shyness and social anxiety – http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/shynesssocialphobia.asp
Sane – http://www.sane.org.uk/home
Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-croydon-and-sutton

Real life problems

Often we find that real life difficulties that we have, such as struggling with our finances, difficulties in our job, or struggling with caring responsibilities or parenting may impact on our mood and keep us feeling low and anxious. You may want to have a look at the following material to see whether there is anything you could do so as to improve your situation.