FAQs - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST LONDON
How do I go about arranging an initial consultation?
If you would like to book a first appointment please contact me on 07816 382810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I generally like to have contact with the
person directly who will be attending the session before offering an appointment. This enables me to advise whether an assessment in my practice is likely to
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
I aim to offer you an initial appointment within a week.
Can I see you outside of office hours?
Yes. I offer evening and weekend appointments as well as one early morning appointment.
What can I expect during first appointment or assessment?
The first session is a chance for you and me to see if we could work together. I know that meeting for the first time can be anxiety provoking and I am
experienced with helping people manage these feelings. During this session I seek to gain a deeper understanding of your current difficulties and your hopes
for therapy sessions. It is also an opportunity for you to get a feel for how I work and to see if you feel comfortable talking to me. At the end of our first
session, I will make some recommendations and we will think about a way forward. Please note that attending an initial assessment does not commit you to
ongoing therapy sessions.
What happens if we agree to work together?
We discuss your goals for therapy and how we will work together to help you achieve them. We will set a regular time and day each week for sessions. I
strongly believe that coming less frequently (particularly during the first few weeks of therapy) can slow down progress, and may extend the time that you
need to attend before you achieve your therapy goals. However, I am also happy to work in a flexible way to accommodate your requirements if appropriate.
How long will it take?
One of the advantages of accessing private therapy is that duration is based solely on your needs and not dictated by external factors such as organisational
restrictions. The aim of therapy is to transfer knowledge and skills and eventually to make the therapist redundant. I offer short term therapy (from 6 to 20
sessions) and open-ended therapy. I work in blocks of 6 sessions which allows me and you the ability to review progress on a regular basis.
Does therapy work?
There is extensive research evidence about the effectiveness of therapy for a wide variety of difficulties. I deliver evidence based psychological treatments
and consider the NICE guidelines when making recommendations for the approach we will use and the possible length of treatment.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes. I do not inform your GP about our therapy sessions, but for ethical and professional reasons I ask for your GP details as part of the practice registration
process. The only instances where I would extend the limits of confidentiality are if I became seriously concerned about harm coming to you or others around
you, if you were involved in serious crime, or if your records were requested by a court. In these cases I would endeavour to first discuss this with you. I also
receive regular supervision to ensure a high standard of professional practice and clients are presented anonymously. Supervisors are also bound by codes
of confidentiality and ethical practice of their professional organisations. I fully comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
What if there is a serious emergency between sessions?
We will make a plan together about what to do to keep yourself safe. I do not operate a crisis service, and therefore cannot guarantee my availability outside
your session times. Thus, if you are in need of urgent support you can visit your GP, local Accident and Emergency Department, or telephone the Samaritans
What if something bothers me during therapy?
It is not uncommon for people to sometimes struggle with difficult thoughts and feelings in therapy. I encourage clients to give me regular feedback about
anything that concerns them or that they are unsure about.
Are you able to provide me with reports?
Reports for your GP, Psychiatrist or other Healthcare Providers will incur additional fees. I will discuss the fees with you prior to the report being written and
these will be determined by the amount of time it will take to prepare the reports. Please note that there are some types of reports I am not able to provide as
part of our therapy sessions (e.g. capacity assessments).
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