What is a clinical psychologist?
Clinical psychologists are health care professionals. They specialise in the assessment and treatment of psychological problems. Clinical psychologists create helpful professional relationships for their clients. These helpful relationships are guided by the clients needs and psychological evidence. The psychological evidence includes cognitive, behavioural (CBT), systemic and psychodynamic explanations for the client's problems.
In order to qualify, clinical psychologists need an undergraduate honours degree in psychology (or equivalent) and a doctorate in clinical psychology. They are registered by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and can use the protected title 'Clinical Psychologist.’
How do I know if I will benefit from clinical psychology?
Clinical psychology has risks and benefits. It often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life. You may experience feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, clinical psychology can have benefits for people. Better relationships, solutions to specific problems and reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.
How long does clinical psychology take?
Clinical psychology is a temporary intervention. The total number of consultations depends on a number of factors. The nature of the problem, the costs and benefits of clinical psychology for you and other factors in your life. Regular reviews are part of good practise.
What about confidentiality?
I work within the codes of ethics of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS.) These include a duty of confidentiality, unless there is a significant risk of harm occuring by confidentiality being maintained.
I am also compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.) I am a registered data controller with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO.) If you have concerns about my practise you can raise them directly with myself or with any of these bodies.
How much does it cost?
The first consultation with myself is free. In 2019 I then charge £50 for a sixty minute consultation. If you decide to commit to a number of sessions I can negotiate an individual price with you. For an explanation of what I get paid for please see the 'my approach' page on this website.
When and where will the clinical psychology take place?
I offer appointments throughout the week including some evenings and weekends. Please contact me for specific availability. My office is located on the ground floor of Haypark Business Centre, Marchmont Road, Polmont, FK2 0NZ. There is disabled access and ample free parking on site. I also offer Skype and telephone consultations.
Can I receive consultations as part of private health insurance?
I am recognised provider of medical treatment with private healthcare insurers Aetna Global Benefits, Aviva (600123739,) AXA PPP Healthcare (AP04471,) and Vitality Health Insurance (SP093319.)