Who sees a psychologist?
Anyone and everybody who finds themselves struggling can see a psychologist. It is often useful to talk to someone about what is troubling you.
When do I need to see a psychologist?
There are many reasons to see a therapist, but the biggest reason is so that you can start to feel better. If your difficulties are beginning to impact on your relationships, work, school, family or quality of life, now may be a good time to do something about it.
What is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is the most researched and validated form of psychotherapy. CBT works on the principle that the emotions we experience and the way we behave is determined by the way we think about and perceive situations. CBT is not 'positive thinking'- it's about thinking realistically and logically in situations that are highly distressing.
The aim of CBT is:
1. to relieve symptoms and resolve problems
2. to help you acquire new skills and coping strategies and
3. to help you modify underlying assumptions to prevent relapse.
What happens when I contact you?
When you telephone or email me, I will ask you a few questions about your current situation and what difficulties you are experiencing. This will enable to me to decide if therapy might help you. If after this discussion I think I can assist you, and you would like to make an appointment, we can arrange this. Your first appointment is then usually 'assessment' sessions where I will listen carefully to your difficulties and ask you further questions. Once the assessment is completed I will discuss my 'formulation' or understanding of your difficulties with you, and we can then together decide on how best to work together. A typical course of therapy lasts between 6-10 sessions.
How do you pay?
You can usually pay when attending for your appointment by cash or cheque.
I am also registered with all major private health insurance companies.
Prices vary depending on location and subsequent room charges.
I am registered as a Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society and the Health Professionals Council.
Websites- www.bps.org.uk (go to link on Find a Psychologist)
& www.hpc-uk.org (go to check the register, then practitioner psychologists No- PYL02426)