Frequently Asked Questions
How much do sessions cost?
Fees cover face to face time as well as overheads including ongoing training, supervision and professional registrations to help ensure a safe and top quality service.
Therapy sessions at The Practice Rooms in Clifton are £90 for 50 minutes for people who fund themselves.
Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice or not attended are charged at £40 to cover my overheads.
I am registered with all major private healthcare providers who will pay or contribute, including Bupa, AXA, Aviva, Cigna and Vitality. Rates are set with the provider.
Specialist assessment fees cover the assessment meetings (up to 4 hours), a written report and feedback session. For this package, Dyslexia assessments are £500. Autism Spectrum assessments including Speech and Language Therapy input are £750 for adults and £850 for children to include a classroom observation and liaison with the school.
Please contact me to discuss your needs.
What happens during therapy sessions?
We’ll talk through your current situation and what you are hoping to work on. I’ll ask questions to help understand how any difficulties came about and why they are continuing. I might ask about your thoughts, feelings and current coping strategies. I’ll also ask about other areas of your life to help see the wider context. Sometimes it is helpful to talk about life events in your past. This is always your choice and I’ll only ask if I think it is relevant to understand the current issue we are working on. We’ll discuss the different therapy approaches I offer and we can agree which would be a good fit for you. As therapy goes on, we usually start the sessions by discussing any changes since we last met, and then continuing with the main themes we are working on. Your feedback is helpful – let me know what is helpful or not helpful as we go along.
How long will I need to come for?
All the therapy I offer is goal focussed. Often people come for 6 sessions initially, which can be enough to discuss a current life problem and develop healthy habits for good mental health. For depression or anxiety that has been around a while then 12 – 18 sessions are usually needed. Longer term work can be helpful when a person is starting to build trust in relationships, when we may work together up to around one year. We’ll discuss your needs at the first sessions and review regularly (e.g. every 6 sessions).
What happens if I can’t make my appointment?
Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise you’ll be charged a late cancellation fee. If you are feeling low, do try to come as you should feel better afterwards.
Are sessions confidential?
The sessions are for you, and it is important that you feel comfortable to share your thoughts and feelings. In order for me to provide an effective and safe service, there are some conditions on this as outlined below.
I have fortnightly supervision with a senior psychologist colleague to make sure our work is on track and to benefit from another perspective. This uses minimal personal information to identify you.
If needed I write a brief letter to insurers to request more sessions, or to your GP when therapy is ending. This includes the number of sessions attended, the key problem worked on (e.g. anxiety) and the outcome. I’ll send you a copy.
Your safety and well-being is my priority. If I am concerned about the immediate safety of you, or anyone else, I will discuss this with you. We may need the support of a friend, family member or professional. Very rarely I might not be able to discuss this with you first, for example if this would delay getting help.
For crisis support outside of sessions, please call your GP or go to the local Accident and Emergency Service which will be open 24/7.
What happens to my personal data?
In order to do my job effectively and safely, I make brief notes during sessions. I might collect information about your current and previous psychological and physical health, and your current and previous social and family circumstances. We may use mood screening questionnaires. I also have a record of your contact details and payments. Some of this information is classed as sensitive personal data.
I keep your personal information in electronic records using your initials as identifiers. This information is stored on computer devices using encryption and password protected systems. Your identifying personal information i.e. name and address are kept separately from your notes. I keep your personal information and the record of our work together for seven years. I then erase your records.
It is possible that your personal information may be requested by a Court of Law, Coroner’s Office or Professional Body in which circumstances you may have limited or no rights of refusal.
You have the right to request a copy of the information that I hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email me at SKCPsychology@gmail.com. I want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask me to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You have the right to ask me to erase the personal information I hold about you. I can refuse the request if your personal information is needed in the defence or exercise of legal claims, or I believe there is an overriding legitimate interest to retain your information.
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office without prejudice about the processing of your personal data. www.ico.org.uk.