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Frequently asked questions

Below you can find answers to some of the commonly asked questions regarding the therapy I offer.

If you can’t find the answers to your questions below you can get in touch with me or book a free 15 minute consultation. You can also find further support through my resource section.

What is a consultation?

A consultation is a free initial 15 minute appointment (online or telephone) where I begin to understand you. This helps you feel confident I am the best person to help before we go on to arrange an assessment appointment.

What should I expect in an assessment?

The assessment usually takes 1-2 sessions and is where I understand your current difficulties, background, and your hopes for therapy. This enables us to create a shared understanding of what you need. I might give you some questionnaires to aid my understanding and track change. If we agree that further sessions would be beneficial we would arrange these  on the same day/time.

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How much can I expect to pay?

The fee is £120 per session. This includes reflective time, assessment tools and measures, scoring questionnaires, copying handouts, writing notes and preparing session materials. Brief telephone/text/email contact between sessions is not charged. I also accept some health insurance. Please let me know if this applies to you.

How long is a session and how many do I need?

Each assessment and treatment session is 50 minutes. I work with the majority of clients for around 12-16 sessions, but do also see people long-term over months or years (with regular reviews).

Where are you located?

In-person sessions take place in my safe, comfortable consulting room in Danbury (Essex), just five minutes from Chelmsford centre (with free parking).

Do you offer online or virtual sessions?

Yes. This means I can provide specialist psychological therapy to you wherever you are and to fit around your other demands. I use secure, end-to-end encrypted platforms. Research shows online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. if you prefer we can also meet face to face at my consulting room in Essex.

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists integrate clinical knowledge, science and theory to understand and treat emotional distress, helping people make positive change to their lives. The doctorate qualification is highly regulated, and I am trained to take a holistic approach, considering factors such as early experiences, relationships, physical health, cultural factors, sexuality etc. Clinical psychologists follow strict guidelines from the HCPC and the BPS and are required to have regular clinical supervision with a qualified clinical psychologist to ensure a high standard of care.

What does perinatal mean?

The perinatal period is the time around conception, through pregnancy, birth and into early parenthood (typically 1 year postnatally).  It is a time of life which can bring unique challenges, from infertility, to pregnancy loss, birth trauma and emotional difficulties (both pre- and postnatally).

Why do you have a 48 hour cancellation policy?

The therapeutic process requires a regular commitment you can rely on over time. In order to provide such a reliable framework I offer all your appointments on the same day/time each week, guaranteeing you exclusive use of this appointment. This is typical of all clinical psychologists or other therapists/services.

Is psychological therapy confidential?

I abide by the HCPC and BPS codes of practice and hold all personal information securely in accordance with GDPR guidelines. All sessions will be conducted in the strictest confidence except where I am compelled by a court of law or if disclosure would prevent you or others from significant harm.

Can you help with other issues?

Yes. Before specialising in the perinatal field I built a solid foundation of clinical skills working in a NHS psychology service treating adults presenting with a range of difficulties. Contact me and we can discuss your needs. If I don’t think I am the best person to help I will help connect you to someone who is!