Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – Kirklees

Who we are

We have different types of workers in our teams:

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)

How can a PWP help? PWPs offer one to one therapy in person or by phone and group work.

How much does it cost? Free

Do I need a GP’s referral? If you live in Kirklees, you can either ask your GP to refer you, or refer yourself using our self-referral form.

How many sessions? It varies, but usually about 4

How long? Up to 30 mins

How will it help me feel better? Talk with someone who can explain your problems and help you set goals and tackle problems step by step.

A Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner is trained to help you to manage your way to feeling better about your problems. You can meet your Wellbeing Practitioner face to face or speak to them over the phone.

This can be really helpful if you have experience any of the following:

  • Depression or low mood
  • Worry or anxiety
  • Anxiety with depression
  • Panic or phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) can help you to plan an individual programme. They can:

  • Introduce self help material and help you to use it so you can get the most out of it
  • Introduce you to other services which may help you, including alcohol advice, debt advice and housing
  • Encourage activity and regular exercise which can help you feel better
  • Support you to stay in work or get into work through training and voluntary placements
  • Help you make the best use of any medication prescribed by your GP
  • Support people through the pain management plan

Most PWPs work in community based settings, including GP surgeries.

If you think seeing a PWP would help you overcome one of the problems above, speak to your GP or contact us.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists

How can a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist help? They offer one to one therapy and group work.

How much does it cost? Free

How many sessions? Usually 6-12

How long? Up to 50 mins

How will it help me feel better? By working with the therapist to make changes in what you do and how you think.

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapist can help you to identify and change your unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, with the aim of improving the way you feel and live your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective psychological treatment for:

  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Complex anxiety problems
  • Social anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress problems
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Together with a CBT therapist you will be able to look at how changing what you do and how you think can improve the way you feel.

You can find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the

BABCP website and in this

CBT booklet.


What is it? One to one therapy

How much does it cost? FREE

How many sessions? It varies, but usually around 8.

How long? Up to 50 mins.

How will it make me feel better? By actively listening to you and helping you to explore your feelings and concerns. This new perspective can help you to make positive changes and improve how you feel and cope.

Counselling can help you manage:

  • Depression
  • Bereavement (at least 12 months after the loss)
  • Relationship difficulties past or present
  • Life adjustments e.g. divorce, redundancy, becoming a parent

The counsellor will listen to you and help you to make sense of the feelings you have.  You can then reflect on the new meaning or patterns that emerge.  This will help you to improve the way you feel and cope

You can find out more about counselling at the BACP website

Page last updated on February 6th, 2018

Service delivered in: Kirklees