What is IAPT?A group of smiling people

A completely free, accessible, confidential, high quality psychological therapies service available to everyone. IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. IAPT services help people who are experiencing common difficulties such as low mood, excessive worry, stress or anxiety. IAPT also supports people who are living with physical health conditions. 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.

Contact us via the chat box if you would like to talk to someone about whether IAPT would be suitable for you.

How do I get help from IAPT?

If you work for the NHS or social care in SE London then you can access one of the SE London IAPT services. These services are based in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. You can self-refer to any of these services by clicking on the links below (this does not need to be the borough you work or live in). The links will take you to the self-referral form for the service you have chosen. You will be able to indicate on the form that you work in health or social care. These services are offering priority to health and social care staff who work in SE London. 

Please refer to only one of the services using the links below

Accessing your local IAPT service:

Alternatively, you can access the IAPT service which is local to where you live. Your GP can refer you to your local service or you can self-refer online. Use the link below to find your local service. 

Click here to find your local IAPT service.