What is a psychological assessment?

The purpose of an assessment is to build up an accurate picture of your needs, identify the underlying problems, answer any questions you may have, and agree on the best choice of treatment. There is a short list of questionnaires that you’ll need to complete to this end.

What is online therapy?

Online therapy is face-to-face, real time psychological therapy taking place in your home or any other safe and suitable location of your choice.  It is as effective as what is offered in a clinical setting, with the added benefit of avoiding travel, waiting rooms and the related inconveniences and health risks.

What are the practicalities regarding online therapy?

 Please make sure that: 


1. You have your computer or mobile set up with Zoom before the session commences. This includes having your microphone and video turned on.

2. Your computer or mobile is positioned at a sensible height so that I can clearly see your face and that the camera is at eye level. If several people will be participating, please make sure that your therapist can see everyone clearly. 

3. It is very easy to hear background noises e.g. animals and washing machines and kettles etc. so please make sure you are in a quiet location. 

4. You will not be disturbed for the duration of the session and that the door to the room you are sitting in is closed. 

5. If you are using your computer, you should have your mobile out of reach and with the sound muted so that it is not a distraction. 

6. You do not have your back to a window or light – this can make it very hard for the therapist to see you clearly. 

7. You have a box of tissues and a glass of water nearby. 

8. Neither client or therapist record the sessions UNLESS this has mutually discussed and agreed, and a consent form has been signed with the therapist. 

9. You join the meeting at the agreed time.

What is Counselling Psychology?

 

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of the mind and behaviour; it has many specialisms, and counselling psychology is one of them. Unlike other specialty areas in psychology, counselling psychology specifically has a strong focus on providing effective therapeutic treatments to help clients who are experiencing a broad range of difficulties.  To become a registered counselling psychologist requires many years of study and training, ending with a Doctorate.  Most counselling psychologists then continue in further specialisation throughout their career. I chose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) because of the strong scientific evidence of the effectiveness of these therapies (https://www.nice.org.uk/).

Finally, unlike psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who may be working with similar patients, counselling psychologists are required to undergo years of psychotherapy themselves as part of their core professional training.  Therefore, a registered counselling psychologist has invested time and effort in becoming familiar with their own unhelpful mental patterns and behaviours, as well as experiencing personally the process of change and what can make this difficult.  This means that on top of an expert understanding of psychological disorders and corresponding treatments, a counselling psychologist has a direct, lived experience of what it feels like being you, the patient.  

What psychological issues do you treat?

 I specialise in working with a number of psychological disorders / issues in adults including:

  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Interpersonal problems


The specific therapy to be utilized with any of the above will depend on your specific needs and my initial assessment. However, it should be noted that I specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). 

How do I give consent to online therapy?

Consent to digital therapy is implied through your accepting the invitation or engaging in the communication through the requested channel e.g. Zoom.

Is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is of great importance I am committed to complying with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 regarding the responsible and secure use and storing of your data.

What information will you collect?

cbt-emdr.online collects personal data such as name, address, date of birth, gender, GP/medical practitioner details, telephone numbers and email address. We also collect any data you give us regarding personal and family background, alongside potentially sensitive data relating to medical and mental health conditions 

Why do you need this information?

We use your information to provide you with psychological services requested from us, to notify you about changes to your appointments, and to fulfill any administrative, legal, ethical and contractual obligations.

What information can be shared?

We will not share any information about you with other organizations or people, except in the following situations:

  

  • Consent – We may share information with relevant medical professionals or others whom you have requested or agreed we need to contact.
  • Serious harm – We may share your information with the relevant authorities if we have reason to believe that this may prevent serious harm being caused to you or another person.
  • Compliance with law – We may share information when the law requires us to – i.e. safeguarding, terrorism, drug trafficking, and serious crime.
  • Clinical Will– We have a clinical will which means in the event of sudden death or a serious accident or illness of your therapist, a named colleague will be able to access the contact details so we can notify clients.
  • Supervision– It is an ethical requirement for any clinician offering psychological services to have regular supervision. Any supervisor used is an accredited member of the relevant accrediting body and works within their ethical framework.

How do you keep my information safe?

  • All information you provide is stored as securely as possible. We will take all reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of information given.
  • All paper forms and correspondence are kept in locked filing cabinets. All electronic files are kept on password-protected devices with virus protection software.
  • Formal reports are password protected.
  • Whilst we endeavor to keep our systems and communications protected against viruses and other harmful effects, we cannot bear responsibility for all communications being virus-free.
  • Any known data breaches will be reported to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) within 72 hours.
  • Any requests for personal data need to be made through a data subject access request and will be supplied within one month.

What are my data rights?

  • You can access your personal data – Rectify, erase or restrict your data – Object to the processing of your data – Request transfer of data (data portability).
  • You may withdraw your consent to allow us to hold and process your data at any time. However, if you do this while actively receiving psychological services, the services would have to end. You can withdraw your consent by stating this on an email to dr.asko@cbt-emdr.online
  • If you have any concerns about the way your data has been handled, please contact us via email. If you feel this has not been resolved effectively you have the right to contact the Information Commissioners Office (www.ico.org.uk)

How long will it take to be seen?

For individual therapy, I am usually able to provide an appointment within two weeks.

How long does therapy last?

It may depend on your insurer, but usually between 5 and 15 sessions and these are 50 minutes once per week. The last few sessions may be less frequent, for example, once per month.

How much do you charge?

I charge at different rates depending on the nature of the work and the way in which it is being funded. Please contact me for a quotation.

What about the excess on my insurance premium?

Any excess not covered by your insurance premium will be paid by you prior to commencement of your therapy. 

What kinds of work do you not do?

  • Clinical Neuropsychology e.g. assessment of brain damage.
  • Assessment of educational needs. 
  • Forensic psychology e.g. assessment of offenders.
  • Expert witness reports. 

Do you work with children?

No. I work exclusively with adults.


If you have any further questions, please get in touch with me via the contact form on the home page.