What is IAPT?

A completely free, accessible, high quality psychological therapies service available to everyone. IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. IAPT services help people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood or anxiety. There is an IAPT service in every borough. You can contact IAPT yourself directly by telephone, email or online or you can ask your GP to refer you.
IAPT services offer different kinds of “talking therapies” that can help people overcome their difficulties. The first step will usually be a telephone call from a therapist who will ask about the difficulties you are having and think with you about what type of help you might need. They will then make suggestions about types of treatment offered in IAPT which might be helpful for you or sometimes they might suggest a different service that can help. During the coronavirus pandemic, IAPT services are mostly offering treatment appointments online, by telephone or video call.

How do I get help from IAPT?

You can find your local IAPT service at the following link:

Once you have found your local service you can self-refer online.