£120 for two 50 minute sessions
When we meet for the first time, we gather information concerning the difficulties you are experiencing day to day. This is what we call the assessment and consists of two sessions. Together we will come to understand why you are experiencing difficulties and what is causing them to continue.
We will discuss:
- How your problems started
- How they affect you day to day
- How long you have been experiencing difficulties
- Any past treatments and general background information
At the end of the assessment you will have a better understanding of why your difficulties have developed, what is causing them to continue and what could help.
There is no requirement to continue with treatment after the assessment. For some people understanding their difficulties enables them to make the relevant changes for improved emotional and psychological wellbeing.
£75 per 50 minute session
Psychological therapy is structured to focus on the areas of your life that you would most like to change. This normally focuses on those difficulties you are experiencing now in your day to day life.
Once you are happy to proceed, we will ask you to agree a contract. This is not a legally binding document, but it is a way to ensure that we are clear about the expectations of therapy. You are not bound to continue therapy at any time if you do not wish to.
Like all health professionals, Clinical Psychologists work within the bounds of confidentiality. If you have any concerns regarding confidentiality you can discuss this further.
Clinical Psychologists are highly trained professionals who provide help to people who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional or mental health and want to make positive changes in their life. A Clinical Psychologist has an undergraduate degree and doctoral level training in more than one therapy. Their training takes at least seven years and involves supervised practice with clients of all ages and includes clinical and research training and academic study.
Clinical Psychologists use talking therapies to help people understand their difficulties and how they can make changes to improve how they are feeling. They use the current research to identify the most effective psychological interventions. Clinical Psychologists support people to understand the impact of past experiences on their current situation, consider anything that may be keeping the problem going and identify and develop skills and resources in order to achieve positive change.
Clinical Psychologists are not medically trained so do not prescribe medication. This would be offered by a GP or Psychiatrist.
Clinical Psychologists must register with the HCPC in order to practice and must adhere to their high levels of education, training and professional conduct. Titles such as “Psychologist”, “Counsellor”, “Psychotherapist” or “Therapist” are not protected by law so they can be used by anyone with any level of training or experience.
During sessions you do not have to discuss anything you do not want to. It is important that you feel comfortable, as a safe and trusting environment is essential for positive change.
You are not tied into further sessions and there is no obligation for you to continue with treatment. There are 2 stages to sessions: Assessment and Treatment.
No, you do not have to inform your GP, or anyone, that you are attending appointments.
However, if you told us something that made me think that you, or someone else, is at risk of harm it is likely we would need to pass on that information and this may be your GP.
If you would like your GP to be informed of your progress this can be arranged with your written consent.
Everything you discuss during therapy is confidential, although there are some exceptions to this. We discuss cases in supervision to ensure that we are working safely and effectively. If we felt that you, or someone else, was at risk then we would have to pass this information on. Confidentiality is fully covered in the terms and conditions discussed at any first appointment.
The number of appointments offered is will depend on what we feel is likely to be the minimum amount needed to address your identified area of focus, and could be anywhere between 1 and 24 or more if you felt this could be helpful. After an assessment we will discuss further appointments. You can chose to book a number of sessions in advance or request them one at a time when suits you.
Information is stored in keeping with GDPR regulations. We use cloud-based, fully encrypted software to securely store information. Any paper forms you fill out or notes taken during the sessions are scanned, attached to your records and then destroyed. There is no client information stored on the premises. Full terms & conditions are available on request and will be discussed during an initial appointment.