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Your journey through IAPT

This video describes what to expect when you access the service. 

Finding time for you

Starting psychological therapy involves making a big commitment. This means attending your regular sessions at the time and date you have agreed.

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  approach also involves setting further time aside between sessions, to focus on your own needs and to work towards the changes you want to make.

What will IAPT treatment involve?

Individual sessions are typically 30 to 50 minutes and can be face to face, video or over the telephone dependent on the type of treatment you require. The number of sessions will be discussed and agreed with your therapist.

Group sessions will usually last for 2 hours over a 6 - 8 week period.

Attending sessions on a regular basis means that you will get the maximum benefit from your therapy. It also helps our service to continue to run efficiently so we can see more people, in a more timely way.

In therapy, we will work alongside you to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and to help you identify the changes you want to make. We will then work hard alongside you to help you achieve these changes.

If you choose CBT and this is suitable to meet your needs there will be tasks throughout the therapy which will be tailored to you and your treatment.

A shared commitment 

We ask you to commit to your therapy and to avoid cancelling sessions whenever possible. If something arises that means you cannot attend, we would ask you to give us at least 48 hours' notice if possible.

It is very unusual for people to miss appointments without cancelling or letting us know. If you were to miss more than two appointments then the practitioner you are seeing will contact you to discuss whether this is the right time for you to continue with your therapy, and talk about the options available to you.

If you have any concerns about how your therapy is progressing then please speak to the practitioner and they will do their best to resolve things for you.

In the IAPT Healthy Mind service we have found that by making a shared commitment, everyone benefits. With your help we can continue to improve.