Frequently Asked Questions
Why do therapists’ fees vary so much?
Fees can vary based on therapists' training, qualifications, depth of clinical experience, psychological skills and competences. Chartered psychologists like myself typically train for a minimum of 6 years. This training process involves taking a BSc Psychology degree and a Doctoral level degree which includes doctoral research and, in my case, four years of NHS clinical work placement. This is not required of some other professionals whose training can vary between months and years. This is one of the reasons why therapists’ charges can often differ.
How long is the initial assessment session?
The initial assessment session takes approximately 50 minutes.
What happens in the first appointment?
The first appointment is typically an initial assessment. This is an opportunity to discuss your reasons for coming to therapy, what you are hoping to gain from therapy, and to start to get an understanding of any issues or difficulties you may be experiencing. It will also be an opportunity to think about what I feel may help, how I work and whether you feel this suits your needs. There is no obligation for you to book further appointments if you do not feel I am the right practitioner for you. If this is the case I can try to suggest other professionals or resources that may be able to help you if required.
How long is the therapy session?
The therapy session lasts an hour
How many sessions will I need and how often?
The number of sessions needed will vary from person to person depending on the nature and complexity of the difficulties. Individual motivation and commitment are also important factors that can come into play. This will be discussed in more detail during the first appointment. In general, weekly sessions are recommended in order to experience the full effects of psychological therapy; however, this can vary based on individual needs, goals and affordability.
When are you available for appointments?
I offer appointments on
Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm,
Friday - Saturdays 10am – 4pm.
I’m not sure if I need therapy. Should I come?
Attending an initial session doesn’t mean you have to book further appointments. It can be very useful to attend the initial session to clarify some of what may be going on for you and whether you need further help or whether I am able to help. You may also get a sense of how I work in person which can be very useful in this process.
Do I need to have a specific problem to come to therapy?
Not at all. Therapy is not only about specific problems, it is also about growth, self-development and awareness. It is about gaining insight into who and what we are as living beings and fulfilling our potential. Even more importantly, therapy can help us develop a sense of clarity in a world that can sometimes feel very confusing.
What about confidentiality?
As a Chartered Psychologist, I abide by the clear ethical code of conduct drawn out by my professional bodies – The British Psychological Society & The Health and Care Professional Council. This means that all our sessions will be in the strictest confidence, and that any notes taken will be kept confidential at all times. This will be discussed in more detail during the initial session.
How do I make an enquiry or book an appointment?
Appointments can be booked by phone, email or via the website contact form. If you wish to discuss your needs prior to making an appointment or wish to make an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free telephone conversation.
Where do sessions take place?
I am based in the Putney area close to Putney Embankment. You will be provided with the address once you have booked an appointment. There is good local transport to Putney, including Putney railway station, Putney Bridge underground and regular buses. Should you wish to book an appointment, I can offer further directions and details as required.
Does my GP have to be informed?
There is no requirement for this, but for ethical and professional reasons you will be asked for your GP details during the first appointment. There are specific circumstances when a GP may have to be contacted, and this will be talked through during the assessment session. It is also recommended that you inform your GP that you are seeing a psychologist - however, this is your choice and your wishes will be respected.
What if I am late, miss an appointment or need to cancel?
No payment is required for appointments which are cancelled 24 hours before the appointment time. Cancellation made on the same day will be charged at 50% of the full rate. Missed appointments without any notice given, are charged at full rate.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
You do not need to be referred by a GP or any other health practitioner.
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