Who we help

One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in our lives.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services have been developed to provide free talking therapies for anyone who is experiencing elements of the following:

We also provide treatments for a range of more specific issues, including:

We can support you if you are over 16 and registered with a Wakefield and DIstrict GP.


Is there anyone we would not be able to offer treatment to?

Whilst psychological therapies can be extremely rewarding, they are not for everybody. They require motivation, willingness to change and the process is not always straight-forward. The service is set up for people aged 16+ years with no upper age limit and focuses on mild to moderate difficulties such as mood problems.  It offers short-term treatments with a focus on ‘here and now’ problems.  In line with National IAPT standards, the service does not work with:

  • People who have complex difficulties such as personality disorder or mental illness such as psychosis or bipolar illness.
  • People who present with active risk of significant self harm or suicide. We may see people who have such thoughts but do not have any active intent.
  • Historical abuse issues such as childhood sexual abuse where this would be the focus of the treatment.
  • Multiple traumatic incidences which would require long term specialist support
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol problems
  • Other addictions such as gambling or sexual additions
  • Psycho-sexual counselling
  • We do not offer a bereavement service, although we do work with people where grief has become stuck and this is the cause of the depression.

In the above instances we would recommend a discussion with your GP who will be able to advise you about the most appropriate service for you and make a referral.

Finally, as we are a psychological therapy service we do not prescribe medications.  If you would like to discuss any issues around medication please make an appointment to see your GP