Stepped Care Model

Inclusion Matters Wirral provides NICE approved talking therapies at Steps 2 and 3 within a Stepped Care Model.

Stepped care aims to provide the 'least intrusive' form of therapy first and is often referred to as the 'lowest dose'.

In practical terms this means most people will enter our service for treatment at Step 2 for a brief course of treatment with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Depending on the severity and nature of a person's condition they may be 'stepped up' to receive more intensive treatment over a greater number of sessions, or may enter treatment directly at Step 3.

There are different factors that will affect the number of sessions offered at Step 3. However, treatment usually ranges between 6 and 12 sessions, and under particular circumstances, these may be extended up to 18* sessions.

At the start of treatment, your therapist will work with you to assess your problems and will discuss the number of sessions you can expect to have as part of your treatment plan.

The diagram below provides a further explanation of the Stepped Care approach to psychological therapies in primary care settings.

Stepped Care Diagram

Stepped Care Model - Inclusion Matters Wirral


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