We have put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) people ask when deciding on therapy. We also have a resource centre on the site to provide you with additional information on specific psychological conditions. Our blog posts are also full of interesting content on a whole range of psychology issues. We are always happy to answer any other questions you may have so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

  • I am in need of a therapist, why should I choose iRise?

    iRise Psychology offers a professional, compassionate and ethical service of the highest standard. Our psychologists have extensive experience in working with a range of emotional difficulties. This means that they are up to date with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and offer evidence-based treatments.

    With specialist training in innovative forms of psychological therapy, they are able to offer clients high quality psychological treatments that are both evidence-based and tailored to the client’s individual needs.

  • I have begun looking for a therapist, why do different therapists’ fees vary so much?

    Therapists’ fees vary a great deal depending on the therapist’s training, qualifications and years of experience.

    All of our clinical team are Chartered Psychologists which means that they have doctoral level training in a range of psychological therapies and experience with a wide range of presenting difficulties.

    Training has lasted a minimum of seven years and there is continuous supervision for therapeutic work with experts in order to ensure that the therapy we offer is of the highest standard.

    Therapists with less training tend to charge less for their services.

  • Can I refer myself?

    Yes, this can be done by:

    phoning us on 0800 368 9097,
    e-mailing us at psychology@irise-psychology.london,
    or via our contact us page.

    If you are claiming your treatment via your private healthcare provider, you may need a referral from a GP or Consultant Psychiatrist. In this case, we can give you information about the process entailed.

  • Is it confidential?

    Chartered Psychologists must adhere to clear and strict guidelines on confidentiality.

    The content of any client notes kept remain private and confidential.

    If there are circumstances where this may not apply, it will be discussed during your first appointment.

  • Do I have to inform my GP?

    No, however, for ethical and professional reasons it may be appropriate for severe mental illness to ask for your GP’s details in case we need to contact them.

  • What happens in the initial appointment?

    Your initial consultation is a 50 minute assessment and is an opportunity to discuss your current issues and for us to consider together how psychological therapy would be of help to you.

    During the assessment, the psychologist will facilitate a discussion of the reasons that led you to seek psychological therapy but will also take a detailed family history in order to understand you in the context of your past and your life experiences.

    Towards the end of the assessment, the psychologist will indicate to you different ways you could work together and propose a therapeutic plan.

    You can then make a decision at the time to attend for a number of sessions or you can go away and think about it and arrange another appointment subsequently.

  • How long will I be in therapy for?

    The duration of therapy varies greatly depending on the client’s presenting difficulties and their personal goals.

    Some individuals choose to attend therapy for a very specific concern and often it is possible to work in a focused and short-term way with them.

    In other instances, difficulties are deeply-rooted and might require long-term therapy.

    During the assessment, your psychologist will give you an indication of the proposed duration of therapy on the basis of their understanding of your difficulties. The therapeutic contract is always agreed jointly between client and therapist and so attending the first session does not commit you to attending any ongoing sessions. This is why attending an assessment session is useful if you are not sure you need therapy.

  • Do I have to have a diagnosis or specific problem to use your service?

    No, very often people come to therapy to make changes in various areas of their life, such as work or relationships. Notwithstanding this, you and your therapist will usually set specific aims to achieve whilst in therapy.