Based in primary care settings, HAGA’s Mental Health and Alcohol Counsellor delivers structured alcohol treatment to those drinking excessively and suffering from anxiety or depression
This has proven to be extremely effective, of those who complete counselling: 50% are less depressed, 45% less anxious and drink 50% less than they did before.
Our Mental Health and Alcohol Counsellor post was created in April 2014, thanks to funding by Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group
The counsellor works with people who score significantly on PHQ-9 (depression symptoms) and GAD-7 (anxiety/phobic disorder symptoms) and are drinking excessively, but are not alcohol dependent. Referral is usually through the GP Hub Nurse and the individual will receive weekly counselling over a twelve week period.
In addition to PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores, data from the Treatment Outcome Profile (TOPS) tests are used to evaluate the impact of the counselling on alcohol consumption, mental health, physical health and quality of life.
Between April and June 2014, our counsellor worked with 39 clients and twelve had completed by the end of June. Of those, 50% were less depressed, 45% less anxious and drink 50% less than when they entered counselling. These significant results suggest a successful outcome for those whose drinking goes hand in hand with their anxiety or depression.