Therapy: Where, When & How Much?
Amersham (South Buckinghamshire)
Online (Video Therapy; via Zoom Conferencing Software)
Where do I practice?
Weekday clinic: Chilterns CBT, St. Mary's Court, The Broadway, Amersham, HP7 0UT
The fee for individual consultations is £80.00*
The fee for couple consultations is £100.00
* I am offering a reduced rate for clients who wish to work on interpersonal problems using Schema Therapy.
Do you have a reduced rate option?
I am offering a reduced rate is for clients whose attendance and participation will assist me with finalising my postgraduate certification in 'Schema Therapy'.
Please note: Reduced rate Schema Therapy appointments will be video recorded and closely monitored by my clinical supervisor, so that my skill and proficiency can be assessed.
The reduced rate for Schema Therapy clients is £50.00
Is Schema Therapy a good fit for you?
Please use the PDF link below to access the Schema Therapy Questionnaire and further information about the reduced rate offer
Video Therapy FAQs
Video therapy is a convenient and affordable way for individuals and couples to access psychological help without the need to travel to appointments. You can access video therapy through your computer, tablet or smart phone at home or any other PRIVATE location where you have good, stable Internet access.
How does Video therapy work?
The aims of video therapy are to provide you with a psychological consultation and interventions in the same way as attending a person to person appointment.
Through 'Zoom' or 'Skype', you will be able interact with me (therapist) in much the same way as you would when you attend for a therapy appointment in a consulting room.
Instead of arriving for an appointment, with Zoom I simply provide you with a web link so that you can join me on a video conference, or with Skype I can either provide you with my Skype address so that you can call me and we can start the video consultation.
Who is Video Therapy useful for?
Video therapy has proved to be convenient for people that have difficulty travelling to appointments. For example, it is useful for people for whom distance, mobility problems, childcare commitments or a busy work schedule make it tricky to travel to appointments.
Video Therapy is also considerably more flexible than attending for therapy at a consulting room.
Common psychological presentations such as depression, worry, stress, anger, relationships and sexual concerns can all be worked with through video therapy.
Emerging research indicates that video therapy may be useful where feelings of shame or embarrassment make it awkward for individuals or couples to attend for appointments in person.
When working with couples, I have found it to be most effective when each individual partner can join me on Zoom at the same time, but whilst located in different rooms or geographical locations where they can hold a private consultation with a personal computer, laptop or smartphone.
With couple work as with individual work, privacy and a stable internet connection is very important.
What is needed for Video Therapy?
Individuals and couples will need Internet broadband and a computer with camera and audio. Smart phones and tablets can also be used, and headsets are recommended for sound quality.
The quality of each Video Therapy consultation will depend on your device, location and the speed of your Internet connection.
I have a Zoom account, and it is free for service users/clients who are invited to join me for Video Therapy.
Skype is a free software application which can be downloaded on a PC, tablet and smartphone. In order to use this application, you will need to set up a Skype account.
It is important to have a private space where you will not be disturbed during your 50-minute consultation. Access to a scanner and/or printer is useful for accessing and completing therapy tasks between sessions, but in some instances the technology is not essential.
Are there contraindications for video therapy?
Video therapy is not appropriate when a person’s life may be in danger through suicide or harm, or where there are concerns about the well-being of a child under the age of 16.
Severe and enduring presentations that require a multidisciplinary team approach such as psychosis, enduring personality problems or anorexia are not appropriate for video therapy.
In some instances, bipolar disorder can be manageable by video therapy only if the person is also engaged with a psychiatrist with whom the therapist has a working relationship, and provided the patient/service user is compliant with medication.
How much does Video Therapy cost?
A 50-minute individual consultation is £80.00 (GB Pounds).
A 60-minute couples therapy appointment is charged at £100.00 (GB Pounds).
How do I arrange a Video Therapy assessment and/or consultation?
To arrange an assessment or consultation using Video Therapy, contact me by telephone or email me so that we can agree a mutually suitable time and date for the consultation to take place.
My telephone number: 07762 606367
My email address: [email protected]
How do I pay for Video Therapy?
Once we have agreed to an appointment, I will set aside that time especially for you.
You will receive an invoice that details the agreed date, time and service. The invoice will also request pre-payment for the service agreed.
Payment is required in advance in order to secure your Video Therapy appointment date and time.
I do recommend following-up with an email to me confirming that you have made advance payment for the service agreed.
What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel your appointment, please give 24-hours notice.
If you cancel with 24 hours' notice and you have already transferred the funds, you can either be refunded the fees (less any bank charges), or you can request that the payment is transferred to an alternative appointment.
You can reschedule your appointment up to 24 hours prior to the start of the appointment time.
What if I join you on Zoom after the agreed appointment start time?
If you are late, unfortunately I am unable to make up the time difference.
What if there are technical problem that interfere with the quality of the Video Therapy session?
If there are technical problems such as poor connectivity or similar internet-related issues, whether at your end or with my Video Therapy service, I will email you to provide you with the option of a refund (with bank charges deducted), or I will give you the option to reschedule for another time.
Mental health Professionals in UK: Making Sense of [Confusing] Titles
I often get asked about the difference between Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors. I have drawn some distinctions that may help.
In UK Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors, regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal college of Psychiatrists.
As trained medical doctors, they can prescribe medications, and they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.
In UK Psychologists will need to have completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree in psychology or a Postgraduate Conversion Diploma leading to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.
They will have completed accredited courses and have obtained an undergraduate qualification in Psychology or a Postgraduate Psychology Conversion Diploma, a Master of Science (MSc.) and a Doctorate (Professional Doctorate, PhD, Doctor of Psychology) with both a research and a practical/clinical placement component.
In UK Psychologists can only be awarded divisional titles by the Health and Social Care professions Council (HCPC).
Protected Titles in UK:
Sport and exercise psychologist
Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
UK counselling and clinical psychologists are trained to provide counselling and psychotherapy. They apply for similar positions within the National Health Service, and they are required to use psychological approaches that have an established evidence-based.
UK clinical and counselling psychologists are expected to adhere to clear standards of conduct, ethics and practice including regular clinical supervision to monitor the safety and quality of their work with clients. They also undertake training throughout their careers, usually referred to as ‘continuing professional development’.
Use the web link below to locate reliable information about standards of practice adhered to by UK Clinical and Counselling psychologists
Counsellors and Psychotherapists
‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ are words that tend to be used interchangeably. They refer to all talking and associated therapies.
In UK the titles of 'counsellor' and 'psychotherapist' are not protected by law meaning that anyone can legally call themselves these titles regardless of training or not. There are no legal minimal set training criteria for these professions.
In UK the absence of statutory regulation UK psychotherapists and counsellors can join voluntary registers, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, which have been granted Accredited Register status by the Professional Standards Authority.
Psychotherapists and counsellors help individuals, couples and groups with overcoming a wide range of concerns ranging from emotional difficulties to psychiatric disorders. Some train solely in psychotherapy, and some cross over from other professional backgrounds within the mental health sector.
Psychotherapists can help with making sense of how you feel. Some teach skills to help you effectively manage difficult emotions or to change self-limiting behaviours.
Use the web link below should you wish to access reliable information about the distinctions in mental health practitioners in the UK: