Touchstone Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT)
Coronavirus update: in line with the government implementing preventive measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus, our group activities are stopped until further notice.
Who do we support?
- People experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems
- Black and minority ethnic people
How do we do this?
- Through a kind of talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- CBT is effective in improving the wellbeing of people with anxiety, low mood and depression
- The service is provided from a range of community venues across Leeds
The kind of things we help people with
- Depression: People do not need to have a diagnosis of depression for us to work with them. You may be feeling low in mood, unable to motivate yourself to do the things you usually do and/or be having problems with your sleep, appetite, energy or concentration levels. People may also be tearful, feeling lonely and withdraw from other people.
- Anxiety: We can work with people who are experiencing anxiety surrounding different issues in their lives. You may feel unable to stop thinking about your problems, be restless, having sleep problems and be unable to do the things you normally can do.
- Social Anxiety & Specific Phobias: We can work on people’s thoughts surrounding specific situations or objects that may be causing them anxiety, e.g. fear of speaking in public or fear of being in busy places. We can also help you to become more confident to face the situations which you have been avoiding.
- Panic: People can experience strong feelings of anxiety, sometimes triggered by situations or experiences, this can include feeling faint, heart racing, sweating, thinking something awful will happen and feeling like they cannot cope. We help people to understand and overcome these feelings.
- Stress: We can help people to uncover what may cause them stress and problem-solve ways of dealing with stressful situations in their life. This can be done through changing the way people think about stress and improving how they react to stress.
- Low Self Esteem: We can work with people who think negatively about themselves or their life by encouraging more positive thinking and increasing confidence to speak to others and to be in social situations.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Anxiety can present in the form of obsessions or compulsions. We can work with you to overcome these symptoms. ‘Obsessions’ can be thoughts, urges or images in your mind that are upsetting but keep coming back. ‘Compulsions’ are actions or rituals that people feel they have to do in order to reduce their anxiety or to prevent something bad from happening.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): We can work with people’s response to single traumatic events that stay with or haunt them despite the event being several months or more ago. We can work with responses such as avoiding places, memories or feelings that remind you of the event and help you overcome the feelings and responses linked to such events. Our service isn’t suitable for people who have experienced repeated trauma and/or childhood sexual abuse.
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