IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapy and is a programme started in 2008 to help people recover from common mental health problems like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and phobias.
These conditions affect around 1 in 4 people in any given year, so IAPT services treat nearly a million people annually.
Treatments are evidence-based talking therapies. This can include counselling or more structured, goal-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
The service will assess your symptoms in order to offer the most appropriate treatment, so you usually don’t need to see your GP in order to access an IAPT service.
The IAPT finder will find your local service, and provide information on how to access it.
Each region in the UK will have an IAPT service commissioned by the NHS for the local area.
To find out more & your local contact go to https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psychological%20therapies%20(IAPT)/LocationSearch/10008