The initial assessment session is a space to discuss your difficulties and the reasons you are seeking help. This will be an opportunity for you to talk about what your expectations are for therapy and to set therapy goals. It will also be an opportunity to decide if my style of work suits your needs.
Please note that the initial assessment is not a guarantee that therapy sessions will be offered. It may be that following assessment, I may feel that I am not the best person to help you at the current time. Additionally, after assessment, if you feel that I am not the right professional for you, there is no obligation to see me for further appointments. Either way, I will endeavour to point you towards a source of help that meets your needs.
What is discussed in your sessions is strictly confidential. However, there are some exceptional circumstances under which confidentiality will be breached for legal reasons, even without your permission, and they are:
1. If I believe that you are a danger to yourself or to others, or
2. If there is sufficient evidence to raise concern about the health, welfare or safety of children or vulnerable adults.
In these circumstances, I will initially encourage you to contact an appropriate source of support/help. However, if I believe that you are unable to do so, I have a duty of care to make this contact. I will discuss with you first before passing any information on to others and explain to you why I have chosen to take this course of action.
There may be some occasions when it might be helpful for me to speak to or write to your GP or other healthcare professional (about your medication or to update them about your treatment for example). I will gain your permission to do this. You will be copied into all correspondence sent about you, unless you request otherwise.
I may also ask you if there are others you give me consent to speak to about your treatment. This may be a relative or friend. What is discussed in sessions is strictly in confidence, and information will only be shared with others in this way if this is what you want to happen.
As with all therapists, I receive regular sessions of clinical supervision from a more senior Psychologist. This is required in my code of conduct. I discuss clients in these sessions in order for the supervisor to support the therapy offered and to ensure clients are receiving the best possible care. All supervision discussions are, however, anonymous, to protect your identity.
Professional Code of Conduct & Accountability
As a practising Chartered Clinical Psychologist I am required to be registered with our national regulatory body, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration means that you can be safe in the knowledge that the service you receive is delivered by a suitably qualified Clinical Psychologist. My HCPC registration number is PYL27088.
Chartered status reflects the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise, demonstrating a commitment to professional development and high ethical standards of practice.
Payment, Cancellation and Non-Attendance Policy
Please be aware that payment is due on the day of treatment. A full charge will apply for appointments not attended or cancelled within two working days as it will be too late to reallocate the appointment. There is no charge if you cancel more than two working days before your appointment. Cancellations can be made via e-mail or telephone message or text.
If you arrive late for your session, the session will still end at the original finish time
Please let me know about any holidays or planned breaks with as much notice as possible to preserve the continuity of our work together. I will endeavour to do the same.
I am registered with most major health insurance providers including AXA/PPP, Cigna, Aviva, Allianz and BUPA. However, please check with them before embarking on sessions to make sure your policy is valid and that your sessions will be covered in full. You will be responsible for payment of all outstanding charges on your account, regardless of the cover you have.
Support Outside of Sessions and Emergencies
I am not able to offer emergency support outside of sessions. Contact numbers and e-mails should only be used to communicate about appointment times or cancellations.
If you are finding that you require additional support between sessions, please discuss this with me in your session.
If you feel you are in danger in any way please contact the emergency services, your GP (out-of-hours GP can be contacted by calling 111) or the Samaritans (116 123 - free to call from any landline or mobile).