The Priory Quayside House offers a comprehensive range of therapy services for people struggling with a range of problems. It can offer treatment for males and females aged 16 and over struggling with eating disorders, problem drinking, depression, stress, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, relationship problems, bereavement and many other issues.
The service offers an initial assessment following which an individualised treatment plan is drawn up. There are a range of therapies available, both group and one-to-one, including cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, dietetics, psychotherapy, relationship therapy and bereavement counseling.
To ensure that people can easily access assessment and treatment, evening and weekend consultations are available.
Funding for treatment can come through private medical insurance or be self-funded by the individual. NHS funding may also be available through the Primary Care Trust, which must be applied for by the GP and approved before an appointment is made.
In addition to self-referrals, patients are accepted directly into the therapy services department from GPs, solicitors, occupational health departments, health care professionals and other providers of care.
Priory Quayside House is a comfortable building conveniently located close to Preston city centre. It specialises in talking therapies and educational programmes to treat illnesses such as depression, stress and anxiety as well as eating disorders, addictive problems, alcohol problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, relationship problems and many others.
Priory also operates the independent adult mental health hospital in Bartle, specialising in the management and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems. It is not uncommon for this time of year to be a challenging or stressful period for some people. Psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, from Cardiff University, devised a mathematical formula to calculate the most depressing day of the year. The outcome, which included factors such as weather, debt and broken New Year's resolutions, resulted in the renowned Blue Monday, the third Monday after the New Year.
Dr S Chattree, Medical Director at Priory Quayside House gives this advice for those feeling more than just "fed up" this month:
- Don't keep it to yourself. Problems of this nature which are starting to interfere with your life are not normally resolved without some kind of intervention. Those around you may be more willing and accepting of your problems than you think - try them.
- If this does not help, or you do not feel you can do this, the next step might be to approach someone in a professional nature, for example your GP. They can provide help, advice, and possibly refer you for more specialist treatment. Remember this is not your fault; it may that you are at the start of a treatable mental health problem.
- Feeling down can cause a number of symptoms, eg lack of concentration, forgetfulness, low mood or changes to sleeping and eating habits. If this is sounding familiar to you, and your symptoms persist for longer than a couple of weeks, you may be suffering from depression and it is advisable to seek help.
He said: "Priory Quayside House will offer assessment and treatment across a wide range of mental health and addiction issues. These new services will enable people to access a wide range of therapy options."
"We hope that the flexible appointments and range of funding options make the valuable services offered accessible to many people."
Priory Quayside House will be launched on Wednesday 1st February and will be opened by Sally Naden of BBC Radio Lancashire at 3.00pm. All are welcome to attend for afternoon tea, a look around the service and speak to professionals from 2pm-6pm.