Choice of treatment modules for different presentations
A range of TPT modules is available for the treatment of different mild to moderate anxiety-based mental health problems such as generalised anxiety disorder, OCD and agoraphobia. Each module is written with the specific presentation in mind. Click on the 'TPT Products' tab above for more information.
Complements the NICE Stepped Care Model
TPT provides a therapeutic resource which fits neatly between steps 1 and 2 of the Stepped Care Model. It is suitable for patients who might not meet the severity criteria for referral to IAPT or secondary care services but who would benefit from timely intervention. Its use as part of a secondary prevention strategy can reduce the need for prescription drugs and remove the need for many patients to wait for treatment.
Fits patient needs and timetable
TPT is ideal for individuals who find it difficult to attend therapy sessions or who are keen to pursue therapy outside office hours and who need motivation and support. The 'therapist in your ear' needs no appointment, does not limit your access or penalise you for cancellations, is confidential, convenient and non-stigmatising. TPT saves time and money for the patient by eliminating the need to travel to appointments or take time off work to attend.
Relieves problems of access
TPT can be particularly useful in overcoming the problems of access faced by some patients because of: their responsibilities as carers of children, older adults or disabled relatives; their own physical disabilities; availability and cost of transport; gender or cultural difficulties with attending conventional therapy sessions; difficulty getting time off work.
Conventional means of service delivery potentially exclude the involvement of patients' friends and family members from the therapeutic process. With TPT, patients and carers can access the same psycho-educational material to facilitate a shared understanding of the presenting problems as well as the most effective way of supporting recovery and relapse prevention within the patient's social system.
Breaks through language barriers
A powerful feature of TPT is that it can also be made available in languages other than English. The need to provide mental health services to a growing population whose first language is not English is an increasing challenge for the NHS. Translating conventional one-to-one therapies or finding clinicians with the right language skills is time-consuming and costly whereas TPT modules can be translated once and used by many.
No need to read
As well as being easily made available in any language, TPT is also ideally suited to patients with poor eyesight or literacy skills which restrict their access to bibliotherapy or internet therapy. A version of the simple TPT user leaflet in large type is available for printing by the prescriber in his/her consulting room.