Nurse Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy Service

Target Groups:
Age 18-65 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for non-Psychosis
Age 16-65 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Bi-polar and Psychosis

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a Psychological approach based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

The approach usually focuses on the recent difficulties experienced by the client, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual’s problem. This then leads to the identification of personalised, time limited therapy goals and strategies, which are continually monitored and evaluated. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists work with individuals, families and groups.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for many mental health problems including:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Panic 
  • Generalised anxiety disorder 
  • Agoraphobia 
  • Specific phobias 
  • Social phobias 
  • Bipolar illness 
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder 
  • Post traumatic disorder 
  • Schizophrenia/psychosis


The service records and monitors progress throughout treatment and the results support national findings that CBT delivered by fully trained and Accredited Practitioners is the most effective solution for most patients suffering from anxiety and depression. All the therapists on the team are accredited psychotherapist with the leading CBT organisation in the UK and Ireland (BABCP see links below).

The Nurse Psychotherapy Service provides individual face to face therapy and group therapy. The following groups are available at present:

  • The Social Anxiety/Phobia Group
  • The Bipolar Illness Group

Other groups are available including: 

  • CBT for Voices Group 
  • CBT for Social Anxiety/Phobia for people with Psychosis 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group 
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety 
  • CBT for OCD Group


Referrals are accepted via the Mental Health Assessment Centre or consultant Psychiatrist. When a person is referred to Mental Health Services they receive and initial assessment within the Assessment Centre. If this assessment results in a referral to the Nurse Psychotherapist service, an appointment is arranged and the therapist will complete a more specialised assessment and discuss and agree the next steps. Initial assessments will occur within target waiting list guidelines. Referral agents and the patients GP will receive a letter detailing the outcome of the initial appointment.



McQueen Home
Ards Hospital
Church Street
BT23 4AS

Telephone: (028) 9151 0197