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NHS Doncaster Talking Therapies, NHS Rotherham Talking Therapies and NHS North Lincs Talking Therapies offer support for common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has been delivering NHS Talking Therapies services – formerly known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – since 2008.

Service information

More information about the specific services that your local Talking Therapies team offer can be found on the individual service pages:

Getting support

  1. Refer into the service: You can self-refer to your local Talking Therapies service by telephone or via one of our online self-referral forms. You can find all of our details on the contact us page. You can also be referred by your GP, or by another healthcare professional.
  2. Book an assessment: Once we have received your referral, we will contact you to arrange an initial appointment with a member of the Talking Therapies team.
  3. Initial assessment appointment: This appointment will be with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to discuss your mental health and how we can best support you going forward. If we feel that we are not the right service to best support you, we can signpost you to other organisations.
  4. Treatment begins: We will start with your treatment, which will be the treatment most appropriate for you and your needs. The treatment we offer ranges from guided self-help to high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy.

Online self-referral

You can self-refer into our service online by using one of our self-referral forms. Just select the area you live in and where your registered GP is based.

Guidance on referrals to Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies can support people with the following conditions:

  • depression
  • general anxiety
  • stress
  • panic
  • phobias
  • social anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • health anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder

If you think you may be experiencing one or more of the above, please contact your local Talking Therapies service directly for more information or complete an online referral form.

Talking Therapies are unable to offer treatment for:

  • patients who are a risk to themselves (suicide/significant self-harm; please call your local crisis team)
  • psychotic symptoms
  • alcohol/drug abuse
  • cognitive impairment/problems with cognitive functioning
  • anorexia or moderate to severe eating disorders
  • anger management
  • gambling and/or other addictions
  • patients resistant to treatment (3 or more failed treatment interventions)
  • patients already engaging in psychological therapy elsewhere (unless for distinctly different problems)
  • patients who do not have GP registration in Doncaster/Rotherham/North Lincolnshire
  • severe learning disabilities


Starting in 2005, the NHS has trained and employed an increasing number of clinicians who work in Talking Therapies services in the Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincs areas.

Individuals who are seen within those services can expect to receive a course of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommended evidence-based psychological therapy, from an appropriately trained individual for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Referral pathways have been specifically developed to promote access and equality within the Talking Therapies services. Self-referrals are accepted, including phone and online self-referrals. We also accept referrals from your local GP, secondary care and other healthcare professionals. Talking Therapies services continually develop strong relationships with professionals across a broad range of mental health care pathways, to ensure the most appropriate therapy.

Our highly skilled team of psychological wellbeing practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists and counsellors see over 2,000 people every month.


We observe strict NHS standards of confidentiality and you have control over who else is involved in your care. The only time we will inform others without your permission is if we are concerned for your immediate safety, the safety of others or any safeguarding concerns. During an assessment, a practitioner will ask whether or not you consent for us to share information with other services.

You can give your consent at different levels, and it is important to make your choice clear to a therapist:

  • Full consent: GPs and NHS staff will have access to your medical records. This is the typical level of consent within the NHS, and it is because it benefits your healthcare provision. The benefits include increased insight into what has worked best for you in the past, and allows for increased effectiveness of multidisciplinary care.
  • Restricted consent: Your clinical record will only be accessible by the Talking Therapies service.