Have a question about my Practice? Please take a look at the frequently asked questions! If your question isn't answered here, do contact me.
What is the purpose of the free initial telephone consultation? I offer a brief free telephone consultation prior to arranging the initial assessment to get an overview of the difficulties that you are currently experiencing and to ensure that I am the right Clinical Psychologist for you.
What happens the first time we meet? The first time we meet will be for an initial assessment. This will allow me to gather information in order to think through with you the presenting difficulties. At the end of the initial assessment I will think through with you how you found the session. If I can help, I will then give you the choice to work on the presenting difficulties with me in further sessions. I will provide my clinical opinion on what type/s of therapy would suit you best and agree this with you.
What are NICE guidelines and do you work by these? National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) provide guidance for clinicians in terms of which types of therapy they should use for the different difficulties experienced by individuals/couples/families. I use evidence-based psychological therapy that are all approved by NICE. However, I also use an integrative approach, which means that I use some techniques from a couple of NICE approved evidence-based psychological therapies in order to tailor the therapy around what best suits you.
How quickly can I be seen? I aim to see clients for an initial assessment within 7 days.
How often will I see you? I offer a flexible approach. I can see you twice weekly, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at a frequency that suits you best, in order to accommodate your individual needs. I can also offer you appointments at times that works best for you, even if that is different times for each appointment.
Are you accredited with my health insurance? I am accredited with most major private health insurance companies. Please do contact me if you are unsure and I can confirm it for you.
Is everything I say confidential? Confidentiality is a key aspect of the therapeutic relationship. Everything discussed in the sessions is kept in the strictest confidence. Due to my duty of care, the only event that I may break confidentiality is where I am concerned that you are at risk to yourself or to others or from others. In this case, I will speak to you before I take any further action and only in cases of an imminent threat might I make this decision without consulting you first.
Who should I speak to incase of an emergency? In the event of an emergency where you are at risk to yourself or others or from others, call 999 or go to your local Accident and Emergency Department. If it is not an emergency, you are welcome to give me a call or send me a message on the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as I can.