Providing an effective intervention service

One of the greatest challenges for professionals working in mental health is how to teach adults, children and young people the skills required to understand and manage their own emotions and mental health.

Impulsive behaviours can have devastating consequences; self harm, avoidance, withdrawal and isolation, aggression, substance misuse and binge eating are behaviours often associated with anxiety, depression, anger, addictions, suicidality, eating disorders and personality disorders. The consequences of these impulsive behaviours have a huge impact on our already overstretched, under-resourced mental health services.

For this reason, in 2010 we were given the task of providing an effective intervention in our service for clients who presented with severe mental health problems where impulsivity was a factor.

Despite being experienced cognitive behavioural psychotherapists with a background in mental health nursing and a career in mental health spanning more than 30 years, the prospect


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