Sharing Good Practice Working With BAME Clients In IAPT

In June here at Touchstone we were asked to present a workshop at the PWP National Networking Forum for IAPT in Birmingham. Aniysa Azam (Senior PWP) and myself (Deputy Manager) went and shared the Touchstone PWP team's learning over the last 6 years on topics of: common challenges in delivering a good quality and equitable service to clients from Black and Minority backgrounds and what Touchstone have done to overcome these challenges. We covered how to challenge

2019-08-05T10:38:45+01:005th August 2019|Blog, CBT, Equality and Diversity|

Apps for Mental Health & Wellbeing

There are loads of apps out there aimed at promoting wellbeing and good mental health. Here are 6 free apps that we have come across at Touchstone IAPT to get you started. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to add your free app recommendations in the comments below!   Catch it: Allows you to record your mood, the situation you were in, your thoughts and then

2019-03-20T14:05:33+00:0020th March 2019|Blog, CBT, Depression, Stress|

Blue Monday 21st Jan: How Blue Are You?

The 3rd Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year due to the weather, financial pressures and debts accumulated over the holiday season and low motivation levels.   Blue Monday was first publicized by Sky Travel in 2005. You can find out more about how it was calculated and the companies who have publicized it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date)   Whether Blue Monday is more PR

2020-04-16T18:02:30+01:0014th January 2019|Blog, CBT, Depression, Diversity, Equality and Diversity|


The Touchstone IAPT team have been fortunate to share our offices with the work of Alisia Casper this Summer and Autumn. Alisia is a Leeds based artist who draws on her experiences of long term health conditions (including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia) when making drawings, paintings, photography, writing and music. As we have begun offering new online treatments for people living with diabetes, heart and lung conditions her work

2018-11-20T09:06:54+00:0020th November 2018|Art, Blog, CBT, Diabetes|

Depression Recovery Class – new dates for September!

Learn skills to protect from and overcome depression with a unique Islamic perspective! Our latest Depression Recovery Class is a free 6 week course which starts on Monday 17th September at Leeds Grand Mosque from 5.15-7.15pm. On the course you can learn to: Look after and improve your well-being Understand the common signs of low mood including common thoughts and feelings Learn techniques to improve how you feel Manage and

2019-12-17T12:21:53+00:006th August 2018|Blog, CBT, Events|

International Forgiveness Day: 5th August

When I think about forgiveness, I automatically think about it in terms of something you do to someone else. It is an idea that is closely entwined with compassion and kindness and is an active decision to let go of the anger you hold towards someone for something you believe they have done wrong. The ‘Unforgiveness Hook’ metaphor by Stephen Hayes is a great illustration of forgiving others and proposes

2018-08-05T08:00:29+01:005th August 2018|Blog, CBT|

Clients' Experiences of Touchstone IAPT

Coming into therapy for the first time can be daunting and it can be difficult to know what to expect. Some of our past clients have kindly answered some questions or written about their experiences of Touchstone IAPT to give an insight into what therapy is like and how it may help.  So if you are wondering if Touchstone IAPT can help you, we hope these stories will inspire you

2019-12-17T12:28:53+00:008th January 2018|Blog, CBT, Depression, Stress|

How to be Mindful on World Mindfulness Day!

Would you like to do something to mark World Mindfulness Day or are you are curious what mindfulness is all about? Mindfulness is a fairly simple idea about how we direct our focus of attention, but like many things that may sound simple, it can be a little tricky to actually do! The basic principles of mindfulness are about: Paying attention to the present moment On purpose Without judgement For

2020-04-16T18:02:28+01:0012th September 2017|Blog, CBT, Stress|