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NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
The name “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies” may seem strange if you’ve not heard it before. However, what we do is straightforward. To give you some background, our name came from an NHS programme set up in 2006 to bring particular treatment for people who were suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. Over time, the name of the programme has stuck and, with the long-term success rates of our treatments now proven, we provide a safe and effective solution for many people from all walks of life.

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
  • Experiencing panic attacks
  • Experiencing flash backs 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

IAPT is available in Peterborough, Cambridge, Huntington, Fenland and Mid-Essex.

To access our IAPT services, a referral is made via a GP (or another health professional) to our Advice and Referral Centre. An initial assessment to check suitability for the services will then be made. This could involve a personal assessment, usually by phone, to help make an informed decision as to which treatment best suits.

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.

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The page was last updated on 12 June 2014 by andrea.bateman.

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