Finding a Therapist
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Register
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Register has a searchable website of accredited counsellor and psychotherapists, which also includes information on different types of therapy available:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Since many service users are signposted towards CBT, the below link may be useful to discuss and share links to explain what it is (and isn't):
There is also a useful CBT “for dummies” book, which may be of interest:
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
IAPT is the NHS programme which supports rolling out NICA guideline-recommended talking therapies to people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders. Usually produces two types of physiological therapy:
- High intensity therapy (usually cognitive behavioural therapy; for people with moderate and severe depression and anxiety).
- Low intensity therapy (usually cognitive behavioural approaches, including guided self-help and psychoeducational groups; for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety).
In some areas, self-referral to IAPT services is possible; in other areas referrals need to be made by a person’s GP. IAPT services often also have employment services or links to other services such as housing, drugs and benefits advice.
Go to www.nhs.uk and search for “IAPT” to find local services.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy is the leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Their website includes a searchable register of local therapists: