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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 mainly for those in the West Midlands 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, Knowle, Solihull, Stafford.

We currently have capacity (in the Solihull/Knowle area particularly, to see Dr Amy Elliott) to see individuals, couples, families. Do email for more information. Click here for Highlighted Clinical Psychologists. 

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 £100-£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

How we keep your information safe.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE’S DATA PRIVACY & PROTECTION STATEMENT

This is the data privacy statement of Clinical Psychology Service (CPS) provided by Dr Jurai Darongkamas. It explains how CPS looks after your personal data and privacy within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related rules. By providing your personal data, you acknowledge that we will only use it in accordance with this Privacy Statement. It is assumed that by contacting us and/or further engaging with the contracted service that you are consenting to this privacy statement.

Data protection laws require that the personal data we hold about you must be: used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way; collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in a way that is incompatible with those purposes; relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes; accurate and kept up to date; kept secure and confidential and kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.

The data we collect about you

When you initially contact us, you will be asked to provide your details such as, name, postal address, telephone number and email. You will be asked a little about the difficulties that you are facing so that we can see if we are in a likely position to help, to meet you to then determine recommendations for the course of action thereafter. If you chose not to proceed with our service, your details will be safely deleted after 12 months; they will be kept in case you chose to re-contact our service after a chance to consider whether or not you wish to engage our services. If you would like your details destroyed before the 12 months, please let us know (contact details on web site).

How is the information stored?

Your contact information will be kept on a password-protected computer with appropriate antivirus, malware & firewall protection. The personal information provided by you will be kept on paper, which is stored in locked metal cabinets within a secure office.

Upon the conclusion of therapy, the paper file is placed in a secure archive and kept for up to 7 years from the last appointment unless you and your therapist agrees otherwise (or unless there are exceptional reasons such as those linked to legal processes). This is so that should you choose to return for a further appointment/course of therapy, if our services are still being provided, then this information can be accessed as needed. When our services cease to be provided, records will be securely destroyed (or unless there are exceptional reasons such as those linked to legal processes).

Third Parties

Client details are kept strictly confidential. Contact information is known only to the data controller, administrator and the therapist/s and information on the therapy process itself, is only accessible to the therapist/s. If you choose to proceed, we may also ask you for contact details for your GP and your permission for us to contact your GP, usually by letter, to inform him/her that: you are being seen by the service, a brief outline of reasons why and any other pertinent information. Usually, you will be asked if you wish to receive a copy of the letter also.

An exception to the above is when information is shared with appropriate other agency (e.g., for safeguarding purposes, when previously confidential information has to be shared). This is normally with consent from yourself to do so, where appropriate.

Anonymised, non-identifying, information about you is verbally shared with one/two other colleagues in a confidential setting for the purpose of clinical supervision of the therapist you see, i.e., to ensure that the work provided is as clinically appropriate as possible, working with the aim of achieving the best outcome for you in the time available. Any notes from this, to help the therapist in their provision of your therapy, will be entered into the paper file and again shredded after 7 years or sooner if as agreed.

Contact by us

We may need to contact you for the following reasons: To set up/change appointment times; To send you venue information and other information related to your appointment/s and therapy and; To help solve any payment problems that might arise.

You will be asked your preferred method of contact (Post, Email, Telephone and if we can leave a voicemail and please tell us of any restrictions you would like to impose, to protect your privacy as much as possible).

Your rights with regard to your data.

You have the right to:  Access the data; Have inaccuracies corrected; Have information deleted; Prevent marketing; Have the right to complain to the ICO; Be informed of data breaches without undue delay and; Prevent automated decision-making and profiling (N.B. we do not do this type of processing). Note these rights are not absolute and can be overridden by other interests in extremely rare and special circumstances, e.g., court subpoenas. The right to have information deleted is also not absolute and specific circumstances must apply.

You have the right to end therapy at any point and to request no further contact. You may request the deletion of your contact details from our computer records and the shredding of your paper file. Usually this record of the therapy provided will continue to be kept securely and is to be shredded after 7 years unless you agree otherwise.

You have the right to ask what information is kept on you and to change your mind about what is kept & how you are contacted. Those individuals who accept this policy have the right to change their mind at a later date and request deletion of their contact details. They should do so by making written contact by email or post.

CPS can be contacted in the following ways:

By email:  admin@clinicalpsychologyservice.co.uk, By telephone:  0330 223 1844.

By post: Clinical Psychology Service, Dr Jurai Darongkamas, c/o J.W. Scrivens & Co, Gray’s Court, Harborne, Birmingham, B15 3JX, United Kingdom. (Please note it will take some additional time for post to reach us; email or phone is quickest.)

The data controller is: Dr Jurai Darongkamas. Registration reference with the ICO is ZA190876.

May 2018

 

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