Here at Catalyst we get to support lots of different organisations, clubs, charities and groups, and we want to shine a light on Starfish (click here to contact them direct).

Starfish offer a holistic approach to enhance community wellbeing by developing, maintaining and sustaining social, physical and psychological health.

Emotional Wellbeing in Teesside (EWIT) is a new primary care mental health service, developed to support community members who are experiencing mild to moderate levels of anxiety and or depression in the Teesside area.

You can access their service in just 3 easy steps:

  • Referrals – Access to the service is for patients registered with a GP within the Teesside Area.
    Self-referrals are available. Referrals will also be accepted from Health Care professionals, Local community and Voluntary sectors.
  • Book Appointment – They will book an appointment at the centre of your choice.
  • Initial Client Conversation – They will have an initial client conversation to plan the support you require.

What They Do!

They deliver Primary Care Psychological Therapies for Adults across the whole of Teesside. We deliver Evidence Based Interventions for common mental health problems, such as depression and different forms of anxiety (e.g. OCD, panic and social anxiety). They also deliver treatment for trauma, such as EMDR.

Each client will have a support plan, that will address the different factors causing and maintaining the client’s difficulties.

They offer the following therapeutic interventions:

  • Counselling for Depression
  • CBT
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Couples Counselling
  • Facilitated self-help
  • Sleep management
  • Promoting social inclusion
  • Lifestyle re-adjustment
  • On line digital platforms

They also provide the following group workshops, developing:

  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety

From their service you can expect:

  • Confidentiality
  • Respect
  • Individual wellbeing plan
  • The right to complain
  • A professional service

Starfish understand that coming to a Psychological service can be nerve-racking. But their staff will do their best to be welcoming, they also promise to help you with your problems in any way they can.

What people say about Starfish services:

“My first experience was daunting at first and I was very nervous. I was put at ease by the pleasant staff and the nice atmosphere. All in all, it has been one of the best things in ‘my world’ for the past fourteen months.”

“Reassurance that my feelings were a normal reaction to my circumstances and staff helping me to deal with my problems and regain

“Being able to talk to someone who understood your problems improved my lifestyle and got me to where I wanted and needed to be.”

“This service has improved my life dramatically. I’m excited to live my live again and to put into practice the skills they’ve equipped me with. I would encourage anybody to use this service. Thank you!”

“The staff I came into contact with were well informed, proficient and understanding and provided me with the confidence to deal with my problems.”

Services delivered from:

Starfish currently have availability in the following locations:

  • Stockton
  • Yarm
  • Billingham
  • Hartlepool
  • Redcar
  • Saltburn
  • Loftus
  • Middlesbrough

For more information call Starfish on: 01642 672987 or visit their website here.

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