The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service provides free, confidential talking therapies for people who are registered with a GP in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, aged 16 years and over, experiencing common difficulties including:
We can also help people experiencing long-term physical health conditions, which affect their low mood, stress and anxiety.
Our talking therapy services are also in the process of transformation. Our work on wider mental health transformation is coordinated with developments happening within the transformation programme.
You must be registered with a GP surgery in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly to use the service. You can self-refer online or call 01208 871 905. Appointments are by phone, video or face-to-face.
Please note that if your self-referral raises concerns about your safety, we will signpost you to a more appropriate service.
It is important to be aware that we are a talking therapy service and not a traditional counselling service. We offer many evidenced-based treatment options recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Once we receive your referral, we will book your assessment appointment. After assessment, we will decide with you the most suitable talking therapy from the following NICE-recommended therapies:
We provide people with different treatments, depending on their needs. We usually start with the least intensive treatment first.
It may be that another service is more suitable for your current needs and we can help signpost you to one of these.
Treatment is provided by trained IAPT therapists, either one to one or in a group course, and can be:
We are not a crisis or emergency service. If you need help now, visit our mental health crisis Cornwall webpage or call the 24/7 mental health response line on 0800 038 5300 for support and advice.