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How will it help me to see a Clinical Psychologist?

Seeing a Clinical Psychologist can help your psychological well-being in many ways. There is research evidence showing that many psychological therapies/talking therapies help people overcome many difficulties, either completely or partially.

We offer therapy privately for many issues including: self esteem, depression, anxiety, complex grief, OCD, stress, help for abuse and trauma survivors including therapy for sexual abuse. Many patients have found seeing a psychologist life changing.

There are a range of psychological therapies available to choose from to suit each person including Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). If however we do not believe that psychological intervention or therapy will help you, we will say so; although this happens relatively rarely.

Testimonials

“this was life-changing” Anon.
"I feel so much better in myself." Anon.

"I can't put into words how much you have helped." Anon.

"You've hit the nail on the head." Anon.

"Enlightening" Anon.

“In over 30 years’ treatment by various psychotherapists and a psychologist no one has managed to do what you did which is to really work at that trauma so that it could be made better. You did. Thank you.” Anon.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have found you and to have had the benefit from your considerable expertise.” Anon.

"You really listened and reflected it back to me in a real and supportive way but with appropriate challenge. It’s been a life changing experience. Thank you." Anon.

“I have trusted you and told you the best, worse and average about me.” Anon.

Due to the confidential nature of psychological therapy, we do not put clients' details here, only some sample quotes.

What is Clinical Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Principles and theories from Psychology are applied to help people, couples, families, groups and organisations. Clinical Psychologists usually have 7-8 years training.  Clinical Psychologists are trained in the breadth and depth of a range of psychological assessment, intervention and therapies. Thus, a tailored approach can often be offered to individuals including integrative therapies (combining two or more in a theoretically coherent practical way). There are a range of psychological therapies available to choose from, to suit each situation and person. Research evidence shows that many psychological therapies help people overcome many difficulties, either completely or partially.

Clinical Psychologists have both a Psychology degree (usually 3 years) plus the doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (usually 3 years).

Frequently, in order to obtain a place on the Clinical Psychology training course, some experience is also needed, such as assistant psychologist, IAPT worker (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), nursing assistant, researcher, etc.

Thus, in all, Clinical Psychologists have usually 7-8 years training. Many Clinical Psychologists go on subsequently to receive specialist training in particular approaches too.

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What are the main Psychological Therapy Approaches used?

Principles and theories from Psychology (the scientific study of human mind and behaviour) are applied to help people, couples, families, groups and organisations.

Clinical Psychologists are usually trained in a breadth and depth in a range of psychological therapies. We offer Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), etc. Sometimes, it is appropriate to offer an individualised, integrative approach (combining 2 or more in a theoretically coherent practical way).

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How do I make an appointment for help?

Those Clinical and Counselling psychologists working in the NHS can be accessed for free for talking therapy usually via a referral from your GP.

Non-NHS psychologists charge a fee per session working as private psychologists. We see people at different venues, for example, across the West Midlands, in: Harborne* (approximately 3 miles from Birmingham city centre), Edgbaston, Hagley, Kings Heath, Solihull, Stafford.

We currently have capacity to see individuals, couples, families. Do email for more information. Click here for Highlighted Associates. 

We also provide you with information regarding links to other websites you may find helpful. Please note that we cannot recommend any particular website or Clinical Psychologist and cannot be held responsible for the website contents.

(Harborne venue, this link is for information about the venue location only and is not an endorsement of specific services offered by others at that venue, map here

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Meeting a Clinical Psychologist for the first time

As seeing a Clinical Psychologist can be a very personal journey, you would normally first meet up to see if you can work together as client – psychologist, as two people. This first, and any subsequent, session is charged at the rate for the psychologist you see.

The Clinical Psychologist will offer an assessment. That is, getting to know you to understand possible issues linked to how the difficulties started and how they persist. This assessment will usually consist of asking you to share about your background, key family members (past and current), relationship history, and anything else you feel is significant.

How long do I see a Clinical Psychologist for?

How long you will meet for can be agreed between you and your Clinical Psychologist at the first /first few meeting/s depending on the help required, the clinical understanding reached and your preferences. We would not offer to see you for longer than necessary.

Alternatively, you might choose to be seen for a few sessions (1-4) just for assessment, so you can be advised if psychological approaches could help you and the approach needed in the Clinical Psychologist's opinion.

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Will I be given information about the Clinical Psychologist?

If there is availability, you will be sent some information about the psychologist.  If there are no free appointment slots immediately, we will let you know how long a wait there is likely to be before an appointment becomes available.

How Much does it cost?

Clinical Psychologists have a wide range of experience. Depending on your specific needs and which Psychologist you see, the cost is usually in the range of £80-£120 per appointment. We can be more specific once we have considered your particular presenting needs. We will always let you know the exact cost before you agree to meet.

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What courses can I join to help me improve my psychological health?

From time to time, we also offer classes (courses and workshops) to those interested in learning skills in a group setting and meeting others. These cover areas such as: self-esteem, confidence, understanding more about interactions with others, understanding “rules” from childhood.

Please email letting us know of your interest and/or ask the person you see for more information about this. When we have the dates for our next course, information will be posted here. Please stop by again.

Thank you for your interest!

How will my confidentiality be maintained?

We would normally ask you for details of your GP. We will agree with you whether you would like us to write to your GP to let him/her know that you seeing a Clinical Psychologist. We would normally prefer to write.

We take your GP’s details because, should the situation dictate and we become concerned for you welfare, then we would have to let him/her know. As part of our duty of care, we aim to tell you that we are doing so first.

We would usually only break confidentiality where absolutely necessary, for example, if we were informed that a crime was to be committed.

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Feedback.

Due to the confidential nature of psychological therapy, we do not put clients' details here, only some sample quotes.

Feedback has included:

“this was life-changing” Anon.

"I feel so much better in myself." Anon.

"I can't put into words how much you have helped." Anon.

"You've hit the nail on the head." Anon.

"Enlightening" Anon.

“In over 30 years’ treatment by various psychotherapists and a psychologist no one has managed to do what you did which is to really work at that trauma so that it could be made better. You did. Thank you.” Anon.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have found you and to have had the benefit from your considerable expertise.” Anon.

"You really listened and reflected it back to me in a real and supportive way but with appropriate challenge. It’s been a life changing experience. Thank you." Anon.

“I have trusted you and told you the best, worse and average about me.” Anon.

How are Clinical Psychologists regulated?

You are entitled to make a complaint about any Clinical Psychologist you are unhappy with to either the Health and Care Professions Council and/or the professional association for Clinical Psychologists, the British Psychological Society. (The former was set up for the protection of the public and potentially can strike someone off the register so they cannot practice again in future, if found guilty of misconduct). Many professional organisations have published codes of conduct and code of ethics.

All individual practitioners should carry professional indemnity insurance for their work. You can ask to see a copy of their up to date certificate.

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Links to help and information

If you need to talk to someone urgently, contact details of other organisations for your information, please follow this LINK

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