Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service provides acces to evidence based psychological therapies for people suffering mild to moderate depression and anxiety or stress.

The service employs Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Counsellors.

All staff are fully trained and their work is regularly supervised.

How Do I Get Help?

The best way to get help for problems like depression and anxiety is to approach your GP.  Your GP has access to IAPT staff; most of them work in the Practice with your GP.  Your GP can assess you to see if you have a problem that can be helped by the IAPT staff, and refer you to something more appropriate if not.  Your GP can give you information about Stress Control and Healthy Living Workshops.  Your GP can also directly refer you to one of the computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes.

You can download the IAPT brochure to see what services are available in GP Practices.  Copies should be available in your GP Practice.

If it is not convenient to or you do not wish to approach your GP, you can access some of the services we offer by telephoning (0114) 2264380.  You will be called back by one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will make an assessment over the telephone and discuss what treatments are available for you.  This could be accessing Stress Control, one of the computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes, receiving treatment over the telephone or coming into our city centre office to see one of the team.

Information about the treatments we have available can be found here and also in the IAPT brochure.

Is This For Me

Stress, low mood and anxiety are all common problems that affect most people at some point in their lives.  If you are often feeling low, or worried, having problems at work or generally not feeling yourself, you are not alone.  Take a look at these quotes:

“I feel nervous and tense all of the time.  Worrying about things . . . what if I didn’t lock the door, what if we get broken into, what if I lose my job?  I can’t stop, and it’s exhausting.”

“I feel panicky, like I can’t breathe.  My heart pounds and I can hear it in my ears.  I don’t know what it is but I just can’t seem to stop it.  It’s taking over my life.”

“I’m tired all day, but as soon as my head hits the pillow my mind starts to race.  There’s so many things going round in my head and they just won’t stop.”

“I can say the worst things to those I love.  I often rip my partner to shreds in the morning.  I go to work, feel so much guilt and promise never to treat him like that again.  Then I get home and I just do it again.  I hate myself.  One of these days, he’ll leave.  I could not blame him.”

If any of these sound like you, don’t worry.  There are many ways that you can get help.

Have a look at these helpful websites and click here to view what we can do to help.  We also work with voluntary organisations, click here to find out more.

If you want to find out more about people who have used our services, click here to read their stories.