Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) supports people experiencing common mental health problems and is run by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Community Links, Touchstone and Northpoint Wellbeing

Leeds IAPT provides assessments and a range of talking treatments for people with problems such as:

  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Low moods and depression.
  • Panic disorder.
  • Specific phobias.
  • Social Phobia.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Health Anxiety.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Bulimia (mild).
  • Binge eating disorder.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
  • Body dysmorphic disorder.

How can I access this service?

If you are over 17 years of age, registered with a Leeds GP and experiencing one or more of the mental health difficulties mentioned above, you can self-refer to the service through an online form. A number of questions will pop-up - these are to make sure you are being directed to the right service. You don't need to see your GP to access this service although your GP will be updated about your treatment.

Once you have referred yourself online, a member of the IAPT team will be in touch within five working days to discuss your needs. This service is not appropriate for people who are already receiving treatment from another mental health service or who have a severe or enduring mental health problem.

If you are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) community, you can access specific services direct from Touchstone by calling 0113 216 3000.

If you are aged between 17 and 21 years, Community Links offer a service which can be accessed by calling 0113 200 9188.

What kind of a treatment can I expect?

Treatments may be delivered in a classroom, through online learning or on a one-to-one basis. Most talking therapies use Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT). Leeds IAPT follow the 'stepped care model', which offers the lowest level intervention or treatment first. This means that you may feel much better quite quickly with a simple and short treatment. However, if your symptoms do not improve, you can then be 'stepped up' to a further treatment which may be of benefit.

Tell me more about the Stress Control course

'Stress Control' class is a six session course offered by IAPT. The course covers different topics including feeling anxious, stress, sleeping problems, depression and panic. Classes are designed to help you start to improve your wellbeing straight away. On the course you will learn:

  • About anxiety and stress and why they are such common problems.
  • New self-help tools, skills and techniques which can help you tackle anxiety and stress.
  • Ways of coping and tips to improve emotional health.

You will need to put new skills into practise outside the classroom to feel the most benefit from attending the course.

You will not have to talk in front of other people in the class or be asked to take part in group work. People attending the course will not discuss personal problems. You will be surprised by the number of people attending your course. There will be all kinds of people of different ages. You may feel relieved that you are not alone and how common stress and feeling anxious really is.

If you are worried about feeling panicky you can bring someone with you and sit at the back of the room near the door. You can pop out for a breath of air at any point during a session.

The course is delivered at a number of locations across the city by qualified practitioners. Classes are available during the day or evening and run for two hours. You will need to attend all six sessions. You can watch a number of videos about how the Stress Control course has helped different people overcome their difficulties.

Find out about class availability on the online bookings page.

Tell me more about the Depression Recovery Group

IAPT also run a Depression Recovery Group, a six session treatment for people with mild to moderate depression using broadly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. The course looks at different ways of understanding and treating depression and will help you to put together a toolbox of skills and techniques to support your own recovery.

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