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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – Kirklees
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About the service
You can self-refer to Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) by completing the self-referral form on the Kirklees IAPT website.
Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provides a choice of services for people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, stress, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The help available depends on each individual’s circumstances. Some people may benefit from a shorter period of help, whereas others may need more long-term support.
For shorter periods of help, a psychological wellbeing practitioner will work with you over the phone or face to face to provide support.
The type of support offered may include:
- 6 – 8 sessions of guided self-help to help manage symptoms
- An introduction to other services that may be able to help further
- Attendance once a week on a 6-week stress control course
We are running a free 7-week group for people with long-term conditions (LTC) to increase well being and focus on how we can live well. See our LTC group information leaflet.
Sometimes a greater level of help is required. In this case, you will be seen for a further assessment by a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, who can help identify and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. They can offer around 12 – 15 sessions of one-to-one support or group-based therapy.
Alternatively, you may benefit from seeing a counsellor, who can listen and help to understand the problem then work with you to make changes.
Why would someone choose the service?
- Kirklees IAPT has consistently achieved higher than average recovery rates with clients.
- The service offers a range of different therapeutic approaches designed to respond to each individual’s unique needs.
- Therapists are highly skilled and experienced in helping people either in one–to–one or group settings.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- Telephonists (also known as switchboard operators) are employed throughout the health service. They may work on a busy switchboard in a hospital or the Trust headquarters. Like receptionists, they are an important first point of contact for patients and their families and are a vital link between a caller and the person who can help.
Why a professional should choose the service
- IAPT uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches which are an evidenced-based treatment.
- IAPT also uses counselling techniques to support people.
- Kirklees IAPT service has consistently achieved recovery rates higher than the national average.
- Guided self-help
- Group work
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Couples therapy
Recovery or significant improvement in mental health.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, CMHTs, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Single Point of Access team
Any health professional can refer someone to the IAPT service by completing our e-referral form
IAPT is not appropriate for people:
- At the immediate risk of self-harm or suicide
- Whose main problem is drug or alcohol dependence
- Who has a psychotic illness
- Who has a long-term/enduring mental health condition, e.g. Bipolar
- With personality disorders
IAPT does not provide:
- Anger management
- Drug and alcohol interventions
- Ongoing support (care programme approach, acute and chronic)
- Risk management
- Home visits
- Counselling for childhood sexual abuse
- Immediate bereavement counselling (only following a 12 month period)
Don’t forget – if it works best for you, you can still go to your GP to ask them to refer you to the service too.
Please note: Kirklees IAPT is not a crisis service. If you have had thoughts of suicide or self-harm within the past month which you have wanted to act upon, please call the Kirklees single point of access team who are available 24/7 on 01924316830.