Psychological therapies are based on psychological theories and consist of a range of structured interventions with individuals, couples, families or groups. All psychological therapies involve a therapist-client relationship and use a psychological model or theory to inform practice. Such therapies are aimed at reducing distress, symptoms, and risk of harm to self or others, and improving quality of life (DoH, 2001).
- Psychological therapies are a key intervention for people with a learning disability when experiencing emotional distress.
- There is a growing range of psychological therapies available for people with a learning disability.
- There is research evidence that psychological therapies are effective for people with a learning disability but further studies are required.
Historically, people with learning disabilities have been denied psychological ...