Intensive Psychological Therapies Service (IPTS)
COVID-19 service update: taking new referrals from the community mental health teams and treatment being offered predominately via phone and online groups.
Our IPTS team provides specialist therapy support for people with enduring emotional and psychological mental health problems, such as personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has won national recognition as a model of good practice.
In particular, we aim to help people who have complex and long-standing difficulties managing their emotions and relationships.
IPTS comprises of a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of therapists from a variety of core professional backgrounds including Clinical Psychology, Nursing and Occupational Therapy. All staff are professionally trained, post qualification, in a minimum of one therapy that is delivered at the IPTS.
We also run peer support groups in collaboration with the Recovery Education Centre (REC).
IPTS offers signposting to local and partner organisations, including Vocational Services.
You will need a referral from a Community Mental Health Team to access the service.
“Self-harm became like a second nature to me. I was addicted and it would manifest itself in many forms including substance abuse, risky behaviour (promiscuity), cutting myself and starving myself.
"DBT has been the most life changing thing that I have ever been through, not to mention the most difficult thing I have ever been through. I am so proud of myself for completing things I never thought it would be possible and building myself a life worth living.”
Izzy, former dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) client.
Here is a video in which seven former clients share their therapy experiences at the service and what it helped them to learn.
You will be invited to attend an assessment which is made up of several stages incorporating a clinical interview, completion of psychometric tests and discussions to help us understand your difficulties and what changes you would like to make. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about therapy here. Your assessment will be discussed by the Clinical Decision Team to determine which therapy, if any, could be of benefit to you.
Once you have agreed to attend the IPTS for therapy, it is important that you are committed to therapy. In order for you to benefit and for the IPTS to run effectively for others, the following will be expected of you:
• To take an active role in your therapy and take responsibility for the changes which you may make to your life as a result of therapy.
• Regular attendance at arranged groups and sessions with your therapist/s. If you cannot attend a session for some reason, please telephone to let us know. An answer phone will be on if no-one is available to take your call.
• To arrive for group and individual sessions on time. This helps minimise disruptions once the group has started.
• To read the “Psychometric Tests: Introduction” leaflet included in your assessment pack and complete the attached slip agreeing to complete the tests at the required stages.
We use a range of effective, evidence-based treatments, including:
The IPTS is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).
Children are not permitted in the clinic. Unfortunately, there are no facilities for providing care for your children so you will need to make arrangements for them when you come to the IPTS for appointments or groups.
There is a no-smoking policy on this NHS site, including the use of any electronic smoking device. Your co-operation would be appreciated.
The NHS Zero Tolerance Zone is a nationwide campaign to stop violence against staff working in the NHS. ‘Violence’ means any incident where staff are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work, involving an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, wellbeing or health. The definition is not subjective – it is what is meant by ‘zero tolerance’.
We recognise that you may feel anxious attending the clinic at times and wish to bring someone with you. Whilst we understand this will help you to attend your appointment, please be aware that this person will not be able to stay in the clinic unless this has been previously discussed and agreed.
The use of mobile phones is not permitted in the clinic. Your co-operation would be appreciated.