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The Psychological Wellbeing Service has evolved from the Trust's Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service that was initiated in 2008 to bring treatment for people who were suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.  Treatments are approved by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and are evidence-based.  The long-term success rates of our treatments are proven and we provide a safe and effective solution for many people from all walks of life.  For further information and to refer yourself to the Psychological Wellbeing Service, please click on the service logo.  

One in four of us will be affected by a mental health illness at some point in our lives. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services have been developed to provide talking therapies for anyone who is:

  • Feeling down, low or depressed           
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Finding it hard to control worrying
  • Anxious in social situations
  • Anxious about your own health
  • Experiencing panic attacks
  • Experiencing flashbacks of traumatic events
  • Caught up in excessive washing or checking

We offer a range of brief supported self-help and talking therapy options within a stepped-care approach. This is the form of treatment recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

The main type of talking therapy offered is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  CBT is a practical and structured form of psychotherapy that focuses mainly on problems in the 'here and now'.  The basis of CBT is that what people think affects how they feel emotionally and also influences what they do.  CBT can provide you with a greater ability to identify your problems in life and to confront them and solve them. You can learn more about CBT by clicking here

The Psychological Wellbeing Service is available in Peterborough, Cambridge, Huntingdon, and Fenland and in many community locations throughout the county.

To access our Psychological Wellbeing Service, you can discuss a referral with your GP or another health professional.  Alternatively, you can refer yourself directly to the service.  An initial assessment to check suitability for the service will then be made. This could involve a personal assessment, usually by phone, to help make an informed decision as to which treatment would be best for you.

Self-help resources

Get Self-Help

The Get Self Help website provides a wide range of self-help worksheets and CBT tools that can help support you in managing a range of problems such as anxiety, depression and panic. These include:

  • worksheets to help you keep track of moods, thoughts and behaviours
  • scheduling activities
  • developing goals
  • experimenting with other new ways of behaving and much more. 

Completing self-help homework is an important part of CBT and allows you to put in to practice, in the real world, what you have learned during your therapy sessions. Alternatively, if you are not in therapy, you may still find these resources very useful to help you identify, monitor and manage your difficult thoughts and feelings.

Mastering your worries

This series of guides is designed to provide you with some information about chronic worrying and suggested strategies for how you can manage your worrying and anxiety. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommended that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets and suggested exercises or activities. Click here to access the modules.

The list of related documents below contains many more examples of self-help materials for a range of difficulties.

The page was last updated on 11 November 2015 by Adrian Jackson.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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