What is a APP?

APP stands for Associate Psychological Practitioner.

The APP working in your area is Dan Foley. I work Mon-Thurs, focusing upon mental health prevention and promotion, I want to normalise mental health, reduce stigma and distress, and increase people’s resiliency and ability to cope with difficulties.


Who would benefit?

  • If you have recently started struggling with some new mental health difficulties
  • If you are feeling anxious or struggling in relation to Covid-19
  • If you have mental health difficulties and need advice around sleep/ understanding anxiety/ stress/ getting active/ relaxation/ healthy lifestyle advice and lots more!
  • If you want to learn more about how to improve their general wellbeing or to support a friend or loved one.
  • If physical health conditions are impacting upon your mental health.
  • Everyone! There is ‘no health without mental health’, so in theory everyone could benefit from advice and guidance relating to caring for their emotional wellbeing.


Who would this service NOT benefit?

  • Those who have a formal diagnosis of a severe mental health difficulty, where they continue to struggle and it would not be possible to adequately meet the individuals needs within four sessions that focus upon prevention and promotion material.
  • Those who are already supported by a mental health service/ engaged in therapy elsewhere.
  • Those who have drug and alcohol misuse difficulties and their needs would be better met by the local drug and alcohol service.
  • Those who have multiple areas of need, who would require more than 4 sessions.


How to access this service

Patients need to be referred to the service by a clinician, e.g., Doctor or Nurse. If you feel you would benefit from this service, please contact Garstang Medical Practice to book an appointment with a clinician.

More information about this service can be found in our APP information leaflet


If you feel you require more than 4 sessions

Please contact your GP. They may ask you to self-refer to MindsMatter for wellbeing or psychological support.

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