What’s your Fees for service?
Fees are 130 pounds per “50 minute hour.” This term means that the face-to-face session is 50 minutes, and I have 10 minutes to take any notes or organise paperwork. This fee can be negotiated and is often reduced with committment to multiple sessions. The fee can be discussed during your initial enquiry before any sessions are booked.
Neuropsychology sessions that have a cognitive assessment component are charged at a different rate to allow for report writing and scoring of testing materials. The cost of these assessments range from 225 pounds to 1500 pounds based on the complexity and thoroughness of the assessment, which can vary anything from 2 hours to 10 hours of professional time. A report would be included in this charge and could be provided to whomever you require it to be sent. A discussion around the options and needs can be had at the point of contact.
I accept most of the major private insurance companies too. Please confirm with your insurance company that you are covered for psychological support. If you are unsure about this process, please contact me and I can try to assist you.
Should I prepare anything before my first session? Can I bring somebody with me?
You do not need to prepare anything except for an open mind! The first session can seem daunting, particularly if this is your first time to speak with someone about personal issues. I understand this and aim to create as relaxed of an atmosphere as I can! You may bring someone with you to the appointment, but it will be best if we have private time one-on-one to discuss your thoughts and goals. The reason for this is because we all play different roles within our lives- we are children, parents, siblings, friends, employees, spouses, teammates, etc. With each of these roles, there are different expectations of us, different manners with which we should behave, and different viewpoints that we feel comfortable exposing. In the Psychology room, you have none of these roles or expectations- meaning you can be free to be completely you. This kind of freedom normally allows the greatest scope for openness and honesty, which can lead to the best effects.
The exception to this rule may be for those enquiring about neuropsychological services. The opinion of someone who knew you before and after your injury may be valuable to help identify or corroborate the changes you have experienced over time. This third-person perspective may be helpful but may also not be necessary and therefore should be discussed at your session.
I’m telling you private thoughts. Is everything confidential?
Just about! Confidentiality is a hallmark of our profession and is taken very seriously. Ethical guidelines with which I abide strongly support the need for high levels of security to support confidentiality. Notes about your sessions will be taken but will be kept in a secure manner as directed by the British Psychological Society and HCPC. There are some times when confidentiality must be broken, however, and these are again regulated by the above societies. The main reasons to break confidentiality involve your revelation of imminent danger to yourself or others or to known and active abuses to vulnerable people such as children. All of the rules and limitations of confidentiality will be explained in the first session.