FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'M FEELING AT CRISIS POINT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You may be seeking support because you are feeling desperate or overwhelmed. However, please note that I am unable to provide crisis support.
If you feel you need help urgently, for example, if you are having thoughts about wanting to end your life, please contact your GP in the first instance, or contact 111, who will assess your needs further. If you feel at imminent risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact 999 immediately. Please do not feel you are burdening others, it is important to reach out and seek help if you are having these thoughts.
If during the assessment session or during therapy, I feel that you need increased support through local NHS services, I will discuss this with you.
If you feel you need to speak to someone supportive and in confidence, The Samaritans are a very helpful support line, telephone 116123, www.samaritans.org
Further information about mental health and support is available at www.mind.org.uk
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION LAST?
I offer an initial assessment session of 90 minutes to understand your difficulties and to start to develop a psychological formulation of your difficulties and a treatment plan.
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes.
I offer weekly or fortnightly appointments and review sessions for those reducing the frequency of therapy prior to discharge.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO COME FOR?
You are not committed to any length of treatment. Duration of treatment depends on what you want to achieve in therapy, the severity of your difficulties and how ready you feel to make changes. Some people feel they can make changes in up to six sessions, for others with more complex presentations, we look at medium-longer-term therapy input. I regularly review progress towards goals at 6-weekly intervals to ensure sessions are effective and meeting your needs.
CAN I COME FOR A ONE-OFF APPOINTMENT? OR JUST AN ASSESSMENT?
Yes, certainly. Occasionally, people book an appointment to discuss a specific concern or issue. In order to make longer-term changes, you may find a number of sessions useful.
HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY SESSIONS?
This is a great question to ask. Therapy is about learning new skills and ideas and we all learn differently. You may find it helpful to bring a notebook or folder with you to take away resources.
I will provide links to online resources, video clips or meditations, where appropriate.
Regular practice of new skills is key and we will discuss ways you can fit this into your schedule to make the most of your sessions.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW I'M ATTENDING APPOINTMENTS?
There is no need for anyone to be informed you are attending psychology sessions, including your GP, and I abide by a strict code of confidentiality.
The exceptions to this are:
1) Risk: should any client disclose information which indicates they are a potential risk to themselves or others, I am duty-bound to share this information with a third party (e.g. GP, social services, emergency services). I would not make a disclosure without informing the client in the first instance, unless in a life-threatening emergency. If you have a history of risk to self/others, I will discuss this with you and we will develop a safety plan, should these risk issues re-occur.
2) Professional Supervision: As part of the British Psychological Society and the HCPC code of conduct, psychologists have regular clinical supervision for cases to ensure safe and effective practice. For confidentiality purposes, all personal details are withheld and discussed anonymously.
Please refer to the detailed privacy statement attached.
DO YOU WRITE ASSESSMENT REPORTS OR LETTERS?
I am happy to provide a written report, should you require this. Reports are charged at the hourly fee rate for completion and on average take between 1-2 hours.
If you have been referred by another professional, I like to write a brief outcome letter following an initial assessment and you will also be provided with a copy of this. There is no charge for this update letter. I will discuss this with you beforehand if you have any concerns about this.