Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists are mental health professionals who undergo a minimum of seven years' pre-registration training. We provide evidence-based assessments and interventions to improve mental wellbeing and reduce psychological distress, and are trained to work with clients across the lifespan. We are trained in at least two different types of talking therapies, meaning that we are well equipped to work creatively and flexibly to fit our approach to our clients. Our relationship with our clients is placed firmly at the centre of our work, and we utilise psychological formulation (an in-depth understanding of our clients and their difficulties) as a key tool to achieving positive outcomes for those we work with.
Where is your clinic located?
I rent clinic rooms on specific days of the week from The Wellbeing Rooms in Bearsden. There is plenty of free parking nearby and Bearsden train station is less than a 10-minute walk from the clinic. You can find out more about the clinic space here:
What are your fees?
Both online and in-person sessions are charged at £110 per session (50-55 minutes) for self-funding clients. Payment is due at least 48 hours in advance of the first appointment to secure the slot. For subsequent sessions, I ask for payment to be made prior to the appointment taking place. I reserve the right not to proceed with a session if full payment has not been received.
Do you accept clients with private health insurance?
I am registered with Aviva. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss payment via insurance, and please let me know whether you’ll be using insurance before booking any sessions.
How soon can you see me?
I can typically offer an initial assessment appointment with 1-2 weeks of initial enquiry. I am also part of a wider network of mental health professionals working locally in private practice. So, if my clinic is fully booked, I would be more than happy to pass on the details of another clinician that does have current availability.
How many therapy sessions will I need?
The duration of psychological therapy depends on a number of factors. Some people come to therapy looking for brief input around a specific issue which may be addressed over a period of 10 sessions or less. Others may require longer-term therapy over a period of 6 months or more. I tend to offer blocks of 6 sessions at a time, followed by a review, which gives us both the opportunity to discuss how treatment is progressing and whether or not treatment should continue. Therapy is most effective when you attend regularly, so I offer sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis to suit individual preference.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel an appointment please let me know as soon as possible so that the appointment can be reallocated to someone else. I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Appointments which clients fail to attend, or cancel within this period, will be charged at the full hourly rate.
How do I get help if I am in crisis?
I work in private practice on particular days of the week and only check my emails during dedicated office hours. I therefore cannot offer a crisis service in the event that you have difficulties which require an urgent and immediate response. Should you find yourself in this position, here are some organisations that can offer you urgent help and support. Remember, you can always contact your GP during office hours, too.
SANE: 0300 304 7000 (www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline).
Samaritans: 116 123 (www.samaritans.org).
ChildLine: 0800 1111 (www.childline.org.uk).
NHS 24: 111 (www.nhs24.scot).
If you feel that you cannot keep yourself safe, call 999.