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Common Queries

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologists are extensively trained to a doctoral level. Whilst anyone can label themselves a 'psychologist', a 'Clinical Psychologist' is a protected title by the Health care and Professionals Council (you can check the register by following this link: and require high standard of training on an approved doctoral programme. 
Clinical Psychologists are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities. This means they are able to treat individuals across the life span and tailor their approach based on the needs of the client.

Will what we discuss be confidential?

It's understandable and common to feel apprehensive when starting therapy. Over time it is likely you will begin to feel more comfortable in sessions and trust will build up as it is an integral part of the therapeutic relationship. You can trust that everything we discuss will remain confidential unless I am concerned for the safety of yourself or others. More information on this confidentiality policy will be given to you in our first session.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which means every effort is made to store personal information securely. Again, more information on how your data is stored will be given to you prior to our initial session.

Following my assessment session, do I have to move forward with treatment sessions?

You will never be placed under any obligation to attend for any number of sessions.  The number of sessions you attend is always entirely your decision.

How often will our sessions take place?

I aim to follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for your presenting problem and this will guide the recommended frequency of sessions. Most NICE recommended, evidence-based therapies are delivered on a weekly basis.
We can discuss what frequency suits your needs best in our assessment session and this can, of course, change over time.

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