My standard fee for individual assessments and therapy sessions is £100 per 50 minute appointment.
The therapies that I provide are usually time-limited, rather than open-ended. The approximate number of sessions required will be discussed with you at the end of our initial assessment, and will be reviewed regularly. Every client and every situation is individual, but as a rough guide the average duration of therapy is 6 to 10 sessions.
I am a recognised provider with the following insurance companies: Aviva, AXA PPP, Vitality, WPA.
If you intend to fund therapy through private health cover, please contact me prior to booking an appointment so that we can ensure appropriate authorisations are in place. Please be aware that you may be required to pay an excess on your policy, and there may be restrictions on the number of sessions that are covered.
My clinic is based at The Vitality Rooms in Chippenham, Wiltshire. This location is easily accessible from Chippenham and surrounding areas, and from the M4 junction 17. There is a discreet entrance, a waiting area with complimentary tea/coffee, and free parking. There are measures in place to ensure this is a Covid-secure environment for us to meet. I am also happy to offer online sessions if preferred, meaning that my services are available wherever you live in the UK.
Clinical Psychologists are specialist mental health professionals, who use a range of therapeutic methods to help alleviate emotional distress. Unlike Psychiatrists (who are specialist medical doctors), Clinical Psychologists do not tend to use a 'diagnosis' and cannot prescribe medication. The focus is on coming to a shared understanding of how your particular difficulties have developed, and helping you to make positive changes. Clinical Psychologists are trained as 'scientist-practitioners', meaning that we draw on theory and research evidence to guide our assessment and treatment approaches.
To qualify as a Clinical Psychologist, it is necessary to complete an undergraduate Psychology degree (or equivalent) recognised by the British Psychological Society, followed by a three-year professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. The doctoral training involves completing supervised clinical placements in several different health care settings, as well as conducting original research and service development work. Clinical Psychologists practicing in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They must also receive regular clinical supervision and participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date.
Deciding to start psychological therapy can be a very big step, and it is natural to have some concerns and questions about the process.
Prior to booking an initial assessment, I am happy to arrange a complimentary 15-minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs, with no further obligation. This will enable you to decide whether I am someone you would feel comfortable working with. I can also assess whether I have the right skills and experience for the difficulties you are facing. If I do not feel that I can help you then I will offer advice on where else you can seek treatment.