IAPT – Lambeth & Southwark Talking Therapies Service

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) can help with:  Anxiety, Depression & Panic the services have been developed to provide talking therapies for anyone who is:

  • Feeling down, low or depressed
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Finding it hard to control worrying
  • Anxious in social situations
  • Experiencing low mood or anxiety in pregnancy or in the first year after birth
  • Experiencing panic attacks
  • Experiencing flashbacks of traumatic events
  • Caught up in excessive washing or checking
  • Experiencing anxiety, stress and low mood linked to a long-term medical condition.

They try to ensure that the type of help offered to you best matches your current needs. The service offers both Low Intensity and High-Intensity courses of treatment. Further details on these and the stepped care approach are outlined below.

Whenever possible they offer low-intensity courses of treatment in the first instance.  This is because they are the easiest to access, most widely available, and least resource-intensive.
Low-intensity options include workshops, groups, and guided self-help using workbooks or online packages.  Guided self-help includes one-to-one support, often in the form of weekly or fortnightly telephone contact.

High-intensity therapies usually involve weekly one-to-one sessions with a therapist who specialises in a particular form of therapy, e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).

You and your therapist will review your progress together, and may decide to step up your treatment (low to high intensity), step it down (high to low intensity), or across (to another option at the same step) before you are ready to complete your treatment and be discharged.

Lambeth Talking Therapies Service is part of the IAPT.  The service is available to anyone 18 years and older registered with a Lambeth GP.

They offer talking therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They also offer help with other problems including anger, eating, and relationship or sexual difficulties.

They offer appointments at many GP surgeries and clinics across the borough of Lambeth.
If this service isn’t right for you, they will suggest alternatives that are more likely to meet your needs and put you in contact with an appropriate service.

Talking Therapies Southwark  They can help if:

  • you are experiencing stress, low mood, depression or anxiety
  • you would like to know more about self-help or talking therapies
  • you are 16 or over and are registered with a Southwark GP

They offer:

  • consultation and advice
  • courses, workshops and groups
  • guided self-help
  • individual counselling and psychological therapy.

Please note they are not a crisis service.
Referral: To register your referral, they will need your name, date of birth, contact details including postal address, and the name of the GP surgery you are registered with.  You can refer yourself via the website.


Contact Details

Lambeth: 020 3228 6747 Southwark: 020 3228 2194

Lambeth: lambethiaptadministrators@slam.nhs.uk Southwark: slm-tr.SPTS@nhs.net


Talking therapies can be provided at a wide range of addresses within the Boroughs.

Other Info

Opening times:
Usual office hours. However appointments are available mornings , afternoons and evenings.

Free on the NHS

Other information:
IAPT is part of the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM).

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