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.
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.
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.
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.
I specialise in working with a number of psychological disorders / issues in adults including:
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).
Consent to digital therapy is implied through your accepting the invitation or engaging in the communication through the requested channel e.g. Zoom.
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.
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
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.
We will not share any information about you with other organizations or people, except in the following situations:
For individual therapy, I am usually able to provide an appointment within two weeks.
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.
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.
Any excess not covered by your insurance premium will be paid by you prior to commencement of your therapy.
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.