Frequently Asked Questions
Fees vary depending on your circumstances and ability to pay. I offer a small number of reduced rate appointments.
Individual £110 per 50 min session
Couples £130 per 50 min session
I accept clients with private health insurance from a number of major providers. Please get in touch to see if you are covered.
Clinic Opening Times
My clinics run on a Monday and Tuesday. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
Why choose a Clinical Psychologist?
Choosing a Clinical Psychologist gaurantees that you will meet with a well qualified professional with among the highest standards of training in treating mental health issues available in the UK. The term "Clinical Psychologist" is protected in law. In order to practice as a Clinical Psychologist I have met the qualification requirements and practice to the highest ethical and professional standards and am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society
Unfortunately, this is not the case for the terms "counsellor", "therapist" or "psychotherapist" and therefore there is much greater variation in skill and competence among individuals with those titles. Therefore, by choosing a Clinical Psychologist you can have confidence in the service you are receiving. Choosing a therapist is a very personal choice and can be a difficult decision. So no matter who you see I strongly recommend that you check qualifications, professional registration and if possible obtain reliable testimonials.
What can I expect in the first appointment?
The first appointment is a chance for you to discuss in detail your current difficulties and concerns. You can expect to be listened to empathically and with care. I will ask a number of questions to get to the heart of the issues you are dealing with. I will invite you to think with me about how to move forward in the way that feels best for you and offer suggestions on ways to do so. I will explain how I will work with you and help you make an informed choice about what to do next. You can expect to leave with some simple but effective strategies to help manage your difficulties. In addition, at the first appointment I collect basic personal information so that I can contact you again. All information is kept securely and conforms strictly to Data Protection legislation.
How do you work?
What distinguishes therapists of all kinds is the type of therapy they practice. There are many types of therapy out there but only a core group that are underpinned by scientific evidence. As a result of my training and as a matter of professional and ethical values I only practice using evidence-based, NICE approved therapies (see the about page for details). That means you will only receive treatment that has been proven to be effective.
Often as important as level of training and choice of therapy is a good "fit" between client and therapist based on trust and rapport. This can often only be judged after the first face-to-face meeting as it is a very personal experience. Making sure clients feel safe and comfortable matters a great deal to me. As such, you can always expect to treated with warmth, compassion, honesty, genuineness and professionalism from me at all times.
How many Sessions Will I Need?
Therapy is a very personal process and the number of sessions will vary depending on the individual and their level of need. However, extensive research suggests that most people experience considerable benefit from short-term therapy ranging between 4 and 25 sessions. Your therapy will be tailored to your specific needs and will be informed by the latest research on the number and type of treatments that best suit you. For example, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommend that treatment for depression should typically be in the range of 16 to 20 sessions over 3 to 4 months.
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