iCope – Psychological Therapies

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iCope offers a range of short-term psychological interventions for adults presenting with depression or an anxiety disorder. The service can treat the entire range of severity of these difficulties, as long as the person suffering with the disorder is in a position to engage and work psychologically. The main clinical features of the mental health problems iCope can offer help with are: 

  • Depression: low mood, reduced energy and motivation, poor concentration, sleep and appetite disturbance, loss of enjoyment, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal ideation.
  • Agoraphobia: fear of crowds, public places, travelling alone or travelling away from home.
  • Social phobia: fear of social situations such as speaking or eating in public, group situations, meeting strangers.
  • Specific phobia: fear of something specific e.g. flying, needles.
  • Panic disorder: recurrent panic attacks with no discernible trigger (unpredictable).
  • Generalised anxiety disorder: prominent tension, worry and feelings of apprehension about everyday events and problems.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder: repetitive unpleasant thoughts, commonly leading to repetitive actions in attempt to reduce anxiety (relief is temporary).
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: reliving, avoidance and hyperarousal symptoms following an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic event. (Panic attacks may be present as a symptom in any of the above diagnoses)

Eligibility criteria


Adults (18+) registered with a Camden or Islington GP, or who live in these boroughs and are not registered with a GP.


1. Children < 17.5 years of age

2. Adults presenting with problems related to another mental health condition other than depression or an anxiety disorder, including:

  • Eating disorder
  • Anger that is not secondary to anxiety or depression
  • Psychosis
  • Bipolar disorder (except if currently depressed with no recent mood elevation, and looking for psychological therapy for depression)
  • Problems related to a personality disorder or people who have significant interpersonal difficulties
  • Significant alcohol or drug use
  • Moderate-severe learning disability

3. Adults with active suicidal risk or risk to others.

4. Adults who require secondary (specialist) mental health care – i.e. complex and/or risky mental health problems requiring a multidisciplinary team approach. This includes people who will not engage with secondary care or who are yet to be seen.

5. Adults who have had several unsuccessful attempts at treatment with iCope previously (it is often helpful for us to have a clinical discussion with you about these patients).

6. Adults whose primary request is for diagnosis or medication, or who are not wanting to work psychologically.

How to refer

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Complete the 'Islington iCope Referral form 2017 (includes Integrated IAPT)' in the Mental Health ISL folder in EMIS. Email to cim-tr.icope@nhs.net

Self-referral Patient Leaflet

Patients can complete a self-referral form on the iCope website: https://www.icope.nhs.uk/self-referral/ 

t: 0303 123 1000