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What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologists are trained to doctoral level (in psychology rather than medicine; this means that clinical psychologists do not prescribe drugs, or diagnose illnesses). We will draw upon our psychological training and skills to help you. We will discuss your problems with you, and help you to find new ways to think about, and cope with them. 


What kind of issues can clinical psychology be helpful for?

Our lengthy training means that clinical psychologists can apply their knowledge of psychological issues, theories and therapy to any problem that has a psychological element. We are equipped to help with a wide range of difficulties across the lifespan (from helping parents with small babies, to treating children or helping those of more of more advancing years and their families ).Examples of some common difficulties that people have asked us to help them with are:-

·     Anxiety - feeling nervous and fearful

      Anger difficulties

·     Panic attacks
·     Grief and loss
·     Fears and phobias
·     Difficulties in dealing with social situations
·     Worrying thoughts
·     Relationship or family problems
·     Depression or low mood
·     Low self-esteem or low confidence
·     Reactions to trauma or abuse
·     Helping to prevent relapse and to manage
      symptoms of psychosis or bipolar disorder
      (manic depression).

      Help with managing children's behaviour or moods


What type of help will you receive?

Our Clinical Psychology training means that we can choose from a range of different talking therapies to tailor the way that we work to fit your unique circumstances, and the difficulties that you describe. We also have experience in working with Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Analytic Therapy amongst others. We would be happy to discuss any of these options with you and will decide with you the most appropriate course to take, according to what is most helpful.

Of the approaches that we use, the one that you may have heard the most about is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT has been extensively researched, and is considered to be one of the most effective talking therapies. It has been recommended by the Department of Health (www.nice.org.uk) as the best way to alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also recommended for other difficulties, such as bipolar disorder and psychosis. It works by looking at how our thoughts can affect the way that we feel and behave in particular situations. CBT helps us to identify these thoughts and to challenge them, which in turn can improve the way that we feel and behave in those situations.


What happens when you come to see us?

The initial session will last up to 90 minutes. If you wish you may bring a friend or family member with you.   In this meeting we will ask about your life in general as well as asking you to tell us about the difficulty that you have been experiencing.  We will try and help you to better understand how it may have begun and most importantly what may be keeping it going.  Together, we will develop a detailed understanding of the difficulty that you are facing, and see how we can help you to alleviate it. We will discuss with you whether therapy will be helpful and, if so, arrange further meetings. These will usually last from 50 to 60 minutes.


If the difficulty involves others e.g. family members, partners, children, the psychologist may suggest that family or couple work might be helpful. In this case, with your agreement, your partner or family members will be invited to the next meeting. and we will work together to help you all explore your concerns.


For some difficulties group therapy can be helpful. Not all people would feel comfortable  talking in a group and so this is not something that we would suggest for everyone. If there are a number of people experiencing similar difficulties, and they are happy to work in a group, this approach can be helpful, as it has additional benefits that come with learning from others with similar experiences, as well as using the therapeutic expertise of the psychologists leading the group.


How many clinical psychology sessions will be necessary?

Individual and family sessions

Some people find one session (following the Initial meeting) to be sufficient, more commonly however, we offer between 6 - 15 sessions, depending on the nature of the problem.  The Psychologist will review progress of the sessions with you on a regular basis.


Group work

Groups usually meet weekly for 1 ½ hours for between 8 and 12 weeks.


How much will it cost?

An initial consultation will cost £95

Subsequent individual sessions will be charged at £95.

Please contact us for the prices of family sessions and group sessions


Where and when will you be able to see me?

We see patients at Central England Holistic Therapies Centre. However, in some circumstances, we are happy to arrange a home visit. We try to make an appointment as soon as possible so that you do not have to wait. We can offer daytime, weekend and evening appointments to fit around your other commitments.


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