Frequently Asked Questions

What training do Clinical Psychologists have?


Clinical Psychologists have a degree in psychology plus an additional three to five years of postgraduate experience and a three year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychologists are trained by the NHS, just like doctors and nurses, and most work there too.




What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?


Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists may see people with similar problems but due to the difference in their training there is a difference in their focus. Psychiatrists training starts with a degree in medicine so their focus is on the biological treatment for the identified difficulty (e.g. antidepressant drugs for depression). Clinical Psychologists training starts with a degree in psychology so their focus for treatment is psychological therapy (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression)




How much does a session cost?


An initial assessment is 1.5 hours and charged at £160. A treatment session is 50 minutes and charged at £120 for individual sessions. In some cases psychological assessments may need to be over one to three sessions to discuss your difficulties together in more detail. These are best structured as 3 x 50min sessions rather than 1 x 1.5hr session. Reports are charged at my hourly rate for two sides of A4. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to enable you to decide if my style and approach feels like a good match for you.




What to expect in your initial parent- child assessment...


The initial appointment is typically 1.5 hours so we can interview parents and children together and individually. The first appointment is an opportunity to find out more about the family and the current difficulties or concerns. It is also helpful to discuss what your child's hopes/ expectations are. Working collaboratively is central to my way of working and I endeavor to provide a safe, supportive and transparent space to facilitate this. I will also ask you and your child to complete some questionnaires or psychological measures during this appointment to inform my understanding of the reported difficulties. By the end of the first appointment I will share an inital understanding of the 'problem' and explain the treatment options. Attending an initial assessment does not commit you to ongoing therapy. Many people are unsure about starting therapy and an initial appointment can help with making that decision.




Cancellations and Postponements


Cancellations and postponements made up to 48hours in advance will not be charged. If a cancellation or postponement is made with less than 48 hours notice, there will be a charge of half the fee for the session. If the cancellation or postponement is less than 24 hours there will be a full session charge.




How many treatment sessions will I need?


This will depend upon a number of factors, such as what you wish to explore and the depth you wish to work at, which we will discuss in our initial consultation. Most interventions involve meeting with me on a weekly basis. Sessions with children and young people include regular reviews with parents/ caregivers. Some families choose time limited therapy (e.g. use therapy to get an understanding of their mental health difficulty and identify strategies in 6- 12 sessions), whilst others prefer more open ended therapy (e.g. use therapy to explore not just one issue but wider experiences).




How do I pay?


Payment can be made by online bank transfer or cash by prior agreement. Settlement can be made monthly (in advance) or at each session- this will be discussed and agreed prior to any therapy sessions.




When are sessions held?


I offer evening appointments on Monday and Wednesday; fortnightly daytime appointments on Fridays and Sunday mornings The majority of people choose to come to sessions weekly, but we can decide how regularly to meet and for how many sessions during the assessment process.




How do online sessions work?


Online sessions are in many ways very similar to face- to- face sessions. We use the same therapies, can work with the same issues and would have a prearranged 50min appointment time. It is very easy to set up as long as you have a good internet connection. I use secure online platforms called VSee and Skype.




Can I check your registration?


You can check my registration as a 'Practitioner Psychologist' with the HCPC. I adhere to the code of ethics and professional standards of this body.




How much is Clinical Supervision?


Psychologists and therapists are required by their profession to have regular supervision sessions where they discuss aspects of their clinical work. They do not reveal individual identies during these sessions and supervision itself is confidentialbetween therapist and supervisor. Supervision sessions are charged at £80 an hour. Supervision sessions will be scheduled in advance to ensure time for preparation prior to the session. Cancellation terms apply for supervision sessions.





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