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FAQ's

Here you can find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact me.

What is an introduction call?

An introduction call is a (free) 15 minute phone conversation so you can check I’m a good fit for you. You can ask me any questions you have before deciding whether you want to book an initial assessment session.

What should I expect in an initial assessment session?

An initial assessment appointment is an opportunity to expand on our initial telephone conversation. I will ask some gentle questions about yourself and your life, and explore possible goals. I’ll also send you some paperwork to sign and maybe a couple of questionnaires to help my understanding.

If we both feel happy to progress after this initial session we’ll continue meeting at the same day and time and go from there!

What are the session fees?

The fee is £130 per session (no VAT). This includes reflective time, scoring assessment questionnaires, copying handouts, writing notes, preparing sessions and any brief email or telephone contact between sessions.

I am also registered with all the main health insurers. Please let me know if this applies to you.

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

Each session is 50 minutes. The number of sessions varies depending on your needs, and usually I will be able to give you an indication at the end of your initial assessment session. Typically perhaps 8-14 sessions, but I am happy to see you until you feel ready to end therapy.

What are the benefits of online therapy?

Online therapy is very convenient; making it possible for you to have specialist help from the comfort of your own home, fitting more easily around other demands or responsibilities, and without any travel time.

Psychological therapy, including EMDR therapy, works well online.

I offer online therapy sessions using Zoom, which is free for you to use and secure, end-to-end encrypted. 

You can read my Online Therapy Guide here.

What is a Perinatal Clinical Psychologist?

As a Clinical Psychologist I have completed a doctorate training and integrate clinical knowledge, science and theory to understand and treat emotional distress – considering childhood experiences, relationships, physical health, cultural factors, sexuality etc.

Following my Clinical Psychologist training I developed specialist knowledge in perinatal mental health, using psychological therapy to treat women experiencing distress with issues around conception, pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

What types of therapy do you offer

I am trained in several psychological therapy approaches. As an accredited EMDR therapist I am often approached for this specialism, but I also use CBT, ACT and psychoanalytic approaches where appropriate for you.

Why do you have a 48 hour cancellation policy?

The therapeutic process works best as a regular commitment you can depend on over time. In order to provide consistency I offer all your appointments on the same day/time each week, guaranteeing you exclusive use of this space.

Can you help with general mental health issues?

Yes. Before specialising in perinatal mental health I built a solid foundation of clinical skills treating adults presenting with a range of difficulties, including PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, depression and OCD.  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.

Is psychological therapy confidential?

The trust between you and I as your psychologist is crucial to the success of the process and I treat all information as confidential. However, if in my opinion you weren’t able to keep yourself or others safe I have an obligation to inform appropriate agencies. I would always try, where possible, to talk to you about this first.

Can I bring my baby to sessions?

Babies are very welcome! I know it is not always easy to find childcare, and this is one of the benefits of online therapy sessions.

The main caveat is if we plan to use EMDR therapy, there will be a point when we begin processing difficult memories and you will get more from the therapy if you can focus on your needs at this point.