Fees and Information
We are a private service so fees may be self funded or, with appropriate authorisation, through private medical insurance and through other third parties.
We offer a range of multidisciplinary services so that once you have had your initial needs assessment with one of our Specialist Psychologists we can provide the follow up care or treatment you or your child may need.
The initial consultation
The first step is to book an initial assessment consultation with your specialist clinician who will gather the information needed to be able to advise you on the most appropriate way forward, whether that is further assessment/testing, treatment or support plan. This takes an hour and a half and may be face to face or via our secure clinical videolink.
This session will involve a comprehensive evaluation of your needs. The scope of the initial appointment obviously is tailored to your needs or the needs of your child, and will cover the specific areas you are interested in. It may include any or all of the following aspects:
Evidence of need for further neurodevelopmental assessment/diagnosis (e.g. for autism/Asperger’s or ADHD)
Identification and diagnosis of any mental health and emotional issues, for example general depression, anxiety, OCD, eating problems, bipolar, relationship issues, body image issues, low self esteem, phobias.
Evaluation of trauma and complex trauma, post traumatic stress disorders.
Educational and learning difficulties
Evaluation of Behavioural problems and how these are affecting the family, school/college or workplace.
The results of the session will be discussed with you at the end of the consultation provision of a brief summary of the findings is included for you with appropriate recommendations for next steps.
If you would like a fuller report of the findings this would be charged additionally.
Example appointment fees:
General Initial assessment
(1.5 hours and summary)
Psychologist appointments from
Therapy with psychologist
Parental behavioural support
Costs of specialist services such as Functional/behavioural assessments, Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy assessments and school visits are worked out after the initial assessment according to need and scope.
How and when to pay
You will be sent an invoice when you book your appointment and we need payment by return to confirm the space. We accept bank transfer payments only at the moment.
Private medical insurance members
If you have private medical insurance, please contact your insurer to ensure that your cover is adequate, that your treatment will be covered and whether there are limits to the amount that you are allowed to claim. Please ensure that you have received authorisation from your insurance provider to go ahead, before you attend any appointment. Please be aware that if you book an appointment without your insurer’s authorisation, and they later decline to pay, you will be liable for the cost. You should keep track of your sessions and any maximum allowances.
Our associates are recognised as providers of clinical and counselling psychology services by most insurers. However, some insurers will require that you are referred by a GP or a Consultant Psychiatrist before you can begin psychological therapy; if you don’t already have a Consultant, we can introduce you to one of our partner Psychiatrists.
If private medical insurance has a limit on the number of sessions that you are covered for, but you wish to continue receiving therapy, you can then choose to make up the difference by paying yourself. Please note that some insurers have an annual excess that you may be liable for yourself.
Indirectly funded clients
If your fees are being paid by somebody else (e.g. insurance company, rehabilitation agency, employer, solicitor, family), we will need their written confirmation that they will be responsible for all of the fees. They will usually then be invoiced directly.
Cancellation or Non-Attendance
When you make an appointment, that whole session is reserved for you. As such, if you need to cancel your appointment, we will need at least 48 hours notice. This is to allow us the time to offer your cancelled appointment to others who may be waiting for an appointment. If less than 48 hours notice is given or if you do not attend an appointment, the full fee will be charged. There will be no charge if more than 48 hours notice is given. Please also be aware that some insurers or third parties will not cover this cost and as such you will be fully responsible for this fee.
Why do Therapists Fees Vary?
We are often asked what the difference is between Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors and why Counsellors or Psychotherapists tend to charge less for their services.
Psychiatrists are physicians who have specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. They are able to prescribe medication and will be able to advise on which combination of therapy and/or medication is most appropriate according to NICE guidelines. They may also have trained to be able to offer therapy.
Clinical Psychologists’ training is broad-based within the NHS and lasts a minimum of six years, leading to a doctoral level qualification that enables them to assess, diagnose and (like Psychiatrists) advise on the most appropriate treatment combinations according to NICE guidelines. They are trained to provide evidence based therapy for a wide range of mental health disorders and then often undertake additional specialist training.
Counsellors and Psychotherapists are trained to deliver therapy according to the approach they train in and their training may vary from a few months to several years. They are usually fully trained in only one approach which means that they are not qualified to diagnose and may be less able to offer the most effective or suitable form of therapy to help in every case.
To be assured of confidentiality in your treatment is of the utmost importance. We may ask you if we can share information with external professionals, for example your GP if it is believed it would help them understand your concerns better.
While privacy in therapy is crucial, for young people (under 18 years of age), parental involvement can also be beneficial. We would always encourage young clients to invite parents to share their perspective if appropriate.
Please note that psychologists are required to attend regular supervision sessions to maintain their registration and the quality of their work. Clients’ individual issues are discussed but confidentiality is maintained, i.e., clients are not identified, and personal information is kept to the minimum necessary for clinical understanding.