Counselling or CBT?

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, talking about it can help. BSL Healthy Minds offers two different ‘talking therapies’ for Deaf people: counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).


Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. The counsellor will listen, ask questions and reflect back their understanding, to help you clarify any problems and move forward. 

Counselling can be particularly helpful if you’re adjusting to difficult circumstances or you’re not sure what the problem is. It is often recommended for people who are depressed, anxious, bereaved, having problems at work or home, or having problems with their identity.

We offer counselling for Deaf people:

Face-to-Face at your local GP surgery


Online using BSL video calls and messaging support

Counselling sessions are usually once a week. This may be for an agreed number of sessions or ongoing. 


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, explores the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviours can help you feel better and help you make positive changes. 

CBT focuses on specific problems you’re having. It is used for treating mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD and phobia. In regular weekly sessions, you’ll work together with your therapist to change unhelpful thinking patterns and overcome obstacles by changing your behaviour.

You’ll set goals for each session as well as longer term goals. There may be tasks to do after each session, which could include keeping a thoughts diary or practising new behaviours. 

We offer CBT for Deaf people:

Face-to-Face at your local GP surgery

Online using BSL video calls and messaging support

through our 6-week guided online course in BSL

Choosing a suitable therapy

After being referred to our service, you will talk about how you're feeling with a therapist. During this assessment, you and your therapist will decide which type of therapy is suitable for you.

Learn more about how we can help you.