What is a Clinical Psychologist (CP)?
In the UK, Clinical Psychologists are trained at a doctorate level. This is the highest level and standard of academic qualification and it typically takes at least 8 years of training and work experience before qualifying as a clinical psychologist.
The title of ´Clinical Psychologist´ is a protected title and depends upon the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Therefore, one needs to be registered with the HCPC in order to practice as a Clinical Psychologist. The HCPC provide assurances of safe and high standards of clinical practice.
How do I choose my therapist?
Generally there are two main factors related to successful therapy according to research. The first is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the person seeking assistance. Without a good therapeutic relationship, it is unlikely that therapeutic interventions will be effective. Therefore, it is important you choose somebody that you feel comfortable with, but someone whom also pushes you to achieve your potential. To do this, you may decide to contact or see a number of therapists before committing to one. By meeting with me, you can get a sense of what I am like and whether you feel as if you can work with me.
The second factor relates to professional competence and the degree to which they have invested the time and energy it requires to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help those seeking therapy. To gauge this, it is advisable to read what they have to say, contact them with any questions you have, and ensure they are professionally registered.
Where would we meet?
My consulting room is located in the south of Liverpool, L18. The address of my consulting room will be provided if we arrange an initial consultation together.
What are your fees?
Fees for the sessions are as follows:
£100 for 50 minute appointment
£110 for 60 minute appointment
£150 for 90 minute appointment
How do I pay my fees?
As an individual private patient, you will pre-pay the fees for the first session and thereafter will be invoiced monthly. Payments can be made by online banking transfer or cash.
What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel at less than 48 hours’ notice you will be liable for the full session fee as the time had been allocated to you. I will give you as much notice as possible if I need to cancel due to sickness or when I need to attend continued professional development training.
What if I am travelling from overseas or long distance?
If you are travelling long distance, I also offer block therapy sessions of 3 hours.
Will everything I say be confidential?
As a registered healthcare professional, I am bound by a strict code of confidentiality. However, in order to give you the best possible treatment, I discuss my clinical work regularly with a clinical supervisor, who is also a healthcare professional and bound by strict codes of confidentiality. Nevertheless, as stipulated in my standard therapy contract as well as my professional guidelines, I have a duty of care which means that I am obliged to contact relevant authorities if I was worried that you could harm yourself or others. In those circumstances and whenever is possible, I would aim to discuss this with you first.