Therapy: What to Expect
As a clinical psychologist, I work with individuals, couples and families, drawing upon a variety of different therapeutic models, including mindfulness based cognitive therapy, systemic family therapy and narrative therapy. My approach is always to help clients draw on their own strengths and resources in order to be able cope with or find peace in difficult situations.
Appointments are 50 minutes long and the first session is usually spent allowing me to get to know you a little better, hear something of the difficulties you are experiencing and make a plan for the direction of future sessions. When working with children it is often necessary to spend extra time getting to know them, not focussing too much on the difficulties, in order to engage and ease nerves.
It is my belief that therapy should not last for ever and ideally it should provide you with ideas about how you might manage your situation on your own. You may decide to end because you feel the time is right or that you think this is not working for you. I may also suggest ending because of the same reasons.
All psychologists are required to have supervision and there may be times when I discuss your situation with my supervisor. In these discussions no identifying information will be given about you and I would be more than happy to share the content of my discussions with my supervisor with you. There are some circumstances where I may have to break confidentiality. This would apply if I was worried about your safety or the safety of another person.
Protection of your Information
Before our first session, I will ensure that I have certain personal information, e.g. your name, address, your phone number and email address and contact details for your GP. This information will be scanned and will be held on an encrypted work laptop that only I use. During our sessions I will take paper notes which are stored with your initials only in a locked filing cabinet, which again, only I have access to. Your personal information will be kept for two years.
Payment for Appointment/Cancellations
Each 50-minute session cost Â£120. Payment for sessions can be made via BACS. These details will be given once you have booked the appointment. If you are self-funding, this should be paid before the session to the account below or in cash on the day.
I am registered with several insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP and Aviva. If you wish to use your insurance, please get their authorisation and authorisation code prior to the appointment. Please note that you will be liable for any excess on your policy and it is your responsibility to check this as I do not have access to this information. Appointments cancelled with less than a 48-hour notice period will be charged for. It is unlikely that your insurance company will pay for late cancellations, in which case you will also be liable for these costs.
Finally, it is my aim to create a collaborative working atmosphere so that all matters can be discussed openly. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, please do let me know.