What Happens Next?
We meet for an initial session lasting 60 minutes. We look what you are hoping to address and explore the best possible options. I believe that it is vitally important to work with the right person and this initial meeting provides an opportunity to explore this further. Following this initial meeting, if we decide to work together, we would find a mutually convenient time to meet. The number of sessions that we agree upon will vary depending on the issues you are dealing with.
How long does this process take?
We tend to work with people for as long as required. It could be brief, short-term or long-term. The sessions can be spaced out after a discussion. In some instances, we work for a longer period of time e.g. 2 years plus.
Are you registered with Health Care Companies?
Yes, I’m registered with a number of Health Care Companies, including BUPA, Cigna, AXA PPP; Validium and BUPA International.
How Do I Make Payments?
All consultation payments are taken before your sessions starts. We accept all major debit and credit cards as well as bank transfers. We do not accept cash or cheque payments at this time.
Are you insured?
Yes, we carry full professional liability insurance.
Why would I need to see a psychologist?
There’s various reasons why you might want or need to see a psychologist. If you’re experiencing a particularly difficult or challenging time in your life, the support of a psychologist can really help. Or you might need help understanding yourself and your relationships better. Seeing a psychologist can encourage personal development.
Why should I choose Psychology Expressions?
The psychologists at Psychology Expressions have years of experience combined with specialist training in many therapeutic approaches. It’s these things that make them best-placed to help people with all kinds of presentations, from mild to complex and severe.
What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists train for many years before being able to offer different therapeutic approaches to clients. These can be tailored to the needs of the client. On the other hand, a psychiatrist is a medically qualified doctor in the field of psychiatry that can prescribe medication and do other things that only doctors can do.
Why do therapists fees vary?
The fees charged reflect the training of the therapist. Psychologists are trained to a higher level than both therapists and counsellors. Therefore, their fees will be higher. They also have experience in numerous therapeutic models, which raises the fees charged.
Is everything I talk about confidential?
Everything you discuss with us will be confidential. This is an important part of the relationship between you and your psychologist. This only changes if the psychologist has reason to believe that you are a risk to yourself or others. In that case, the matter will be discussed with you before the relevant authorities are contacted.
Does my GP have to be informed?
It’s a good idea to tell your GP that you are seeing us. However, we won’t inform them without your consent. It’s up to you whether or not you choose to inform them. We will respect your decision and your confidentiality.
What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel appointments, and we ask that this is done with 48 hours’ notice whenever possible. This allows us to see other clients who might want to make urgent appointments. If you don’t cancel within 48 hours’ notice, the full fee will be charged.
Can I contact the clinic out of hours?
Our telephone line at the clinic is open during normal clinic hours only. However, you can leave a message which will then be passed onto the relevant staff member. We work quickly to get back to you, but this might take a few hours during busy times.
Can I contact my psychologist out of hours?
It is sometimes possible for you to contact your psychologist out of hours. This does depend on the therapeutic approach that is being taken. This will be negotiated on an individual basis.
What happens in the first appointment?
To begin with, your current difficulties will be assessed. Your psychologist will take a detailed background history to allow them to develop a formulation of your presenting concerns. After this, a recommendation will be made regarding which therapeutic approach should be taken. We might also recommend you see our consultant psychiatrist depending on the information you give us.
How many appointments will it take to make me feel better?
The nature of your difficulties will determine the pace at which progress is made. Some approaches yield short-term results that can be experienced almost immediately. Other approaches take much longer because they aim to address long-standing patterns established early in your life.
I’m not sure if therapy is for me, should I come?
By taking an initial assessment with us, you can get a feel for whether therapy is something that’s right for you. You don’t have to commit to any further sessions if you don’t want to. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.