What can the IAPT service offer?

Using a stepped care approach, the team provides screening assessments and psychological interventions to individuals suffering with common mental health problems.

We provide a range of evidence based psychological interventions, where all our therapies follow guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

There are a variety of ways in which we can offer you help depending on your needs, these include: computerised packages, group interventions, telephone contacts or individual sessions. 

What to expect:

Initially you will be offered a telephone screening appointment to discuss the problem you are currently experiencing and want help with. As part of this you will be asked to complete some questionnaires about how you are currently feeling. These can also be completed online prior to the assessment. A decision will then be made about what help will be most beneficial for you at this time.

It is important to understand that psychological interventions can be hard work, both during and in between contacts. It is important to realise that there will be no overnight changes; it could take time and commitment to benefit from therapy.

At the end of each contact with a psychological practitioner, tasks you will need to complete before your next session will be agreed so you can put into practice the knowledge and skills you learn. Your progress towards achieving your specific goals will be reviewed at each contact. Research shows that people who set goals and carry out ‘homework’ recover quicker and stay recovered for longer.

It is important that you are able to make a commitment to regular contacts; whether they are over the telephone, group or face to face sessions, to get the best from psychological help. 

Who we see: 

The service can provide psychological therapies (also known as talking therapies) for the following difficulties:

  • Depression and Low mood
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Health Anxiety and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Social Phobia
  • Specific Phobia
  • Single Incident Trauma (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety/ depression in people with long term conditions
  • Post-natal anxiety/depression 

Online Help

We offer a range of online interactive therapy programmes, designed to provide a flexible way for you to access psychological support at a time that suits you best.

These therapy programmes are all evidence based guided self-help programmes. The programmes are made up of a variety of different modules, looking at how we think, feel and behave as these contribute to our mood, stress and anxiety levels.

Online therapy can be helpful for people who:

  • Have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet.
  • Feel confident in using the internet and apps in daily life.
  • Feel motivated to change something in their life, and have clear goals to work towards.
  • Have busy lives and may struggle to attend regular appointments.

If you feel online help would be for you, please see the ‘self-referral and how to get help’ section.

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