Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Improving access to talking therapies in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Whether you’re depressed, stressed, anxious or dealing with any one of a wide range of common psychological and emotional issues, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service is available to help.

IAPT services offer support that gets the best results and helps you to help yourself, so that you can get back to enjoying life and engaging with work or daily activities. Everyone’s psychological and emotional issues differ and therefore various levels of support are needed.

Making positive changes

Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently. Talking therapies can help people to take greater control of their lives and improve their confidence.

What this service can offer

This service is for anyone over the age of 18 who is registered with a GP in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

We are able to offer a wide range of therapies and treatments for a range of issues, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety/panic
  • work related stress
  • obsessions and compulsions
  • post traumatic stress
  • anger difficulties
  • relationship difficulties
  • sexual abuse/rape
  • loss/bereavement
  • long term health conditions

You can refer yourself through your GP.

Organisations that we work with

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programmes aim to treat people by using the least intrusive method of treatment first time, sometimes called a stepped approach. 

Some people may need a short course of “low intensity” therapy to help them, while others may need something a little more intensive, “high intensity”.  

IAPT programmes offer a range of group and 1:1 therapies at both low and high intensity, and these are delivered by a partnership of 16 providers, listed below: