Anna explains what IAPT talking therapies are and how they can help with a variety of common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Anna: IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. IAPT services are funded by the NHS to provide free access to evidence-based therapies that are recommended within clinical guidelines. IAPT services are commissioned to work with anxiety disorders and depression that are suitable for treatment within primary care. They do not provide a crisis service for people who need urgent help, or for those that cannot keep themselves safe.
IAPT services consist of accredited CBT Therapists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Interpersonal Therapists, Behavioural Couples Therapists, EMDR Therapists, and Counsellors. Services also have clinical leads and service managers who are responsible for ensuring the services are run as they be, and that all of the therapists are supervised in line with the professional bodies’ requirements, and that waiting times are as short as possible for those needing access to treatment.
IAPT services also include Patient Coordinators; Patient Coordinators are administrators who book people into their appointments, manage any questions people may have outside of their booked appointments and ensure that people are discharged when they have ended their treatment with all the information that they’ll need moving forward.