Frequently asked questions
Are the sessions confidential?
The content of sessions is confidential and information is kept securely and in line with the Data Protection Act. Sometimes referrers or insurance companies require brief reports about the work that is undertaken. As a registered psychologist, if I am concerned about your safety or that of someone else, I have a legal and ethical obligation to share the information with appropriate professionals, but wherever possible, I would discuss this with you first.
What if I am unsure about starting therapy?
I understand that it can be a very anxiety provoking to consider starting therapy or perhaps you are just not sure if it would be right for you. The assessment session would allow us to meet, to begin to discuss the difficulties that you are experiencing and consider what you would hope to gain from coming to therapy. We could explore how therapy could be of benefit to you and consider if now is the right time. It would give you the chance to meet with me and to decide if therapy feels right for you, with no obligation to continue.
Can I talk to you on the phone before we have an assessment?
I would be very happy to offer a free 10 minute consultation by phone to answer any questions that you might have before deciding whether you would like to meet.
How long does therapy last?
Each session lasts for one hour. The number of sessions needed can vary a great deal. It may be as little as 4-6 sessions depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and the outcomes that you are hoping for. I offer therapy supported by the latest research evidence and recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Having goals for the work can help to ensure that the therapy is as useful as possible. Therapy is most successful when a person can attend regularly and complete the work.
How much do sessions cost?
I charge £110 per one hour session. The rate is the same for assessment and treatment sessions. Fees may be slightly different if funded via your health insurance company. However, please do check your policy to see whether you need to pay for any excess. I am a registered practitioner with most major health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA.
Please note that missed sessions or those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
Are concessions available?
I offer one means tested, reduced rate slot which you may have to wait for. Please feel free to discuss this with me.
Where are you based?
I offer sessions in my clinic in Banstead, at Castle House.