Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Self Help

The Self Help Service consists of six Self Help workers, two Senior Self Help workers and is managed by a Clinical Psychologist.

The Self Help workers are attached to five areas in the region:

Annandale and Eskdale

Staff are mainly based within GP practices across Dumfries & Galloway or within the Department of Psychological Services at the Mountainhall Treatment Centre.

What We Do

The Self Help Service (SH):

  • Provides a brief one to one guided self help intervention for adults with recent onset mild to moderate psychological difficulties.
  • This may include people with anxiety, low mood, stress, panic, depression and loss.
  • Age range from 16 years and over.
  • Consists of three one hour appointments, spread over several weeks.
  • Self help workers are trained in cognitive behavioural techniques.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence based approach to help people change the way they think, feel and behave.

What happens in a session?

  • Self Help worker will help you to identify what your main difficulties are and what may be causing them.
  • Support you to learn coping strategies to help you to manage your symptoms.
  • Help you to develop a toolkit of strategies to draw upon in the future so you can manage your psychological wellbeing.
  • Support you to set goals and make positive changes.

Referral Information

Who is suitable for Self Help:

  • If you have been experiencing difficulties (fairly recent onset) with your psychological wellbeing.
  • If you are motivated to work on making changes such as different ways of thinking or doing things.
  • If you can commit to attending three appointments and to completing tasks in between sessions.

How do I get referred:

If you think you would benefit from guided self help please speak to your GP.

The service will consider referrals from:

  • GP’s
  • Health Visitors
  • Practice Nurses
  • Psychology Service
  • Community Mental Health Teams

We aim to see people within four weeks of being referred.

What happens when you are referred:

  • A Self Help worker will contact you via telephone or letter to arrange a first appointment.
  • An appointment will be arranged to see you at your local GP practice or at another NHS site.

Contact us

The Self Help Service is based at:

The Self Help Service
Department of Psychological Services & Research 
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road

Tel. 01387 244495, 
Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm, for enquiries.

Appointments for the service are held throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

Useful Resources

Living Life – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) telephone service
Living Life is a free telephone service available to anyone over the age of 16 who is suffering from low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.
How can I access Living Life?
You can access Living Life either by:

  • GP referral
  • Phoning our free, confidential phone line on 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 9pm). You will be asked to provide some details and then an assessment appointment will be arranged to discuss the service and how help can be provided to you.



Moodjuice is an online resource to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life.