Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service provides free psychological therapies for people suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety or stress.
Here's a summary of what they offer:
Stress control - this is a free 6 week course that teaches techniques to help you deal with stress, anxiety, depression and boosting self esteem. Each session is 2 hours and the courses are run regularly, check the website for the next dates.
Improving Wellbeing Sessions - this is a free 4 week course that teaches techniques to overcome low mood, anxiety and worry. Each session is 2 hours and the courses are run regularly, check the website for the next dates.
Living Well with Pain - this is a free 6 week course for people who experience chronic pain (pain which is experienced for 6 months or more) and who want to find ways to help themselves manage and cope with living with pain. Each session is 2.5 hours and the courses are run regularly, check the website for the next dates.
Employment Advice - IAPT can give you advice and support if your anxiety or depression are affecting your work or employment, or if you are looking at returning to work. They can help with a range of issues such as redundancy, unfair dismissal, holidays and grievances.
Living Well with a Long Term Condition - this is a free 6 week course for people living with a long term physical health condition who would like to help themselves better manage their long term condition and wellbeing. Each session is 2.5 hours and the courses are run regularly, check the website for the next dates.
SilverCloud is an online therapy programme for stress, anxiety, low-mood and depression.
Moodgym is an online tool that can help you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner can offer you up to 6 sessions of up to 30 minutes. They can provide information and techniques to manage and overcome stress, anxiety and depression. They can also teach new ways to solve difficult problems, overcome negative thinking and face fears. Other therapies are available (see below) and you can discuss accessing them with the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
Other therapies available after you have worked with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner:
- Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Behavioural Activation Group (BAG)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Couple Therapy for Depression
The IAPT website has more information about all of their services and how to access or book onto each one. They can also provide telephone and Skype appointments.
To access IAPT you can go through your GP or contact them directly. IAPT staff work mostly from GP practices.
Location: St Georges Community Health Centre
Street: Winter Street
Postcode: S3 7ND