About the service
You can self-refer to Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) by completing the self-referral form.
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 a single point of access (SPA) 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.