Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions I am often asked:

There are so many types of therapists and counsellors, what is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist?

Chartered Psychologist status is the benchmark of professional recognition for psychologists and reflects the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise.

If a professional is chartered it is a mark of experience, competence and reputation for anyone looking to employ, consult or learn from a psychologist.  This is legally recognised and can only be conferred by the British Psychological Society under it's Royal Charter. 

Qualifying for chartered membership status is a significant achievement, requiring high levels of academic attainment, periods of supervised practice and applied experience, a commitment to lifelong learning, and an engagement with the broader issues facing the profession.

These foundations are further strengthened by Conduct Rules and Codes of Ethics and Conduct, which all Chartered Psychologists must follow. 

The term "Counselling Psychologist" is a legally protected title in the UK, and in order to practice as one and use the title, registration and approval by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) is a legal requirement.


I’m looking for a therapist, why should I come to you?

As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist I offer a professional and ethical service of the highest standard, tailoring the latest scientific research and evidence-base to your individual needs. 

Having worked in private practice since 2001 I am highly experienced, having worked successfully with a vast number of clients and presenting issues.  Over this time I have completed extensive training and in addtiion to being able to provide the range of psychological therapies as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, I am also able to offer Hypnotherapy, Hypno-Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Life Coaching.

I have full professional insurance and adhere to the codes of conduct of The British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Care Council.

I've been looking around and fees for therapy really vary, why is this?

Therapists’ fees vary a great deal depending on the therapist’s training, qualifications and years of experience.

Having training up to a doctoral level, Chartered Psychologists are considered to have the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise in a wide range of psychological therapies and presenting difficulties. We receive consultation about our work from national and international experts in order to ensure that the therapy we offer is of the highest standard.

Other practitioners such as counsellors and/or psychotherapists most often do not have doctoral qualifications and their training can vary from months to years. They also tend to be trained in one specific therapeutic approach, which means that they may be less versatile in offering the most effective and suitable form of psychological therapy to address a client’s specific needs.

For this reason, counsellors and psychotherapists tend to charge less for their services.

I’m not sure if I need therapy, should I come?


Attending the first appointment does not commit you to attend sessions regularly on an ongoing basis.  It can be useful to meet for one or two sessions before you decide.  This will also enable you to get a sense of how it might be to work with me and whether my approach is right for you.  Once therapy begins you are making both a financial and emotional commitment and so some initial investigation at the outset is advisable.

Do I have to have a specific problem to come to therapy?


No.  

Having a diagnosis or specific goal is not necessary, though during the first few appointments we will establish your needs and agree the specific aims of our work together.  Many people can just feel the need for some non-judgemental an unbiased support outside of their family and friendship groups; something separate and just for them, so they can work through, understand and change problems at work and in relationships for example.

Chartered Counselling Psychologist (BPS)
Registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC)
Hypno-Psychotherapist (NCHP)
NLP Practitioner & Life Coach (ABNLP)