Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – Kirklees
Frequently asked questions about the IAPT service
What is IAPT?
IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; helping people get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for their individual needs.
How can IAPT help?
We have a team of qualified and experienced professionals specially chosen to work alongside your local GP. We can help you:
- Address current problems
- Gain a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping
- Make changes in your life
- Talk about your difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
How can I access the IAPT service?
Just speak to your GP; they’ll put you in touch with us. We will then work with you to explore the problems you are facing and identify how best to deal with them.
You can also self-refer yourself to our service using our self-referral form. Simply fill it in and submit it to our team – either by email, post or fax – using the contact details at the bottom of the form.
What can you expect?
You will be offered an initial thirty minute assessment. This may be carried out over the phone or in a GP surgery. The assessment takes place with one of our friendly staff and it is entirely confidential. It just asks you some questions about how you are feeling; this will help determine whether the IAPT service can help you.
What is involved in short term help?
If, after discussion with you, we think you could benefit from a short period of help and support, you will work with one of our specially trained staff, known as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
They are trained to help you manage your way to feeling better about your problems. You can work with them over the telephone and on occasions face to face. They will:
- Provide 6 – 8 sessions of guided self help, helping you to manage your symptoms
- Suggest other services which may help you
- Introduce self help materials including written information and websites
- Help you access a six week stress control course, teaching you how to better manage stress and anxiety
- Support you to engage in regular physical activity which is known to improve psychological wellbeing.
What is involved in longer term help?
Sometimes a greater level of support is needed. So you may have a further assessment with a different staff member. They can:
- Help you to identify and understand your difficulties in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, to enable you to bring about change
- Offer you between 6 – 16 face to face or group sessions lasting about an hour
- Introduce you to additional services.
How do I know if I need short or long-term help?
We will work with you and together decide what help and support you may need. Everyone is different so we offer different levels of support so that you get the best results – helping you to help yourself.