What happens in the initial consultation?
The first session, or initial consultation is an opportunity for you and your psychologist to meet, develop an overview of the issues that have brought you to therapy and decide what might be the best way to proceed in order to resolve them. The psychologist will ask questions about what you’re struggling with and also about other relevant areas of your life such as your family, childhood and any previous courses of therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to ask your psychologist any questions you might have about the therapy and for you to get a sense of their style and how the two of you gel. Some time will be set aside towards the end of the session to review, and to see if further sessions are indicated. If so, the number, frequency and general aim of the sessions will be agreed on. Alternatively, a referral to another professional might be discussed if this is needed.
What if I’m not sure whether or not psychological therapy is right for me?
If you’re not sure whether or not you need psychological therapy at this time, do consider coming in for an initial consultation as there is no obligation to commit to a course of treatment. A one-off consultation can, in its own right, help to clarify things and may point to several courses of action that can be taken to resolve any difficulties. We are always happy to discuss how we may be able to help.
How long do I need to come for therapy?
People come to therapy for variable amounts of time and you and your therapist will come to an agreement about this in the initial consultation. Some people come to work on a specific goal and this can be achieved in as little as six to ten sessions. Other people come for a more longstanding problem and prefer to come for ongoing therapy. In this case, you and your therapist will review the therapy regularly.
How often do I need to come for therapy?
Usually, people come once a week at a regular time. However, this is not always possible or necessary, and some people might find that twice weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions work better for them. It is generally more productive to meet more often at the start of the therapy and to increase the gaps between sessions as things start to feel better and more stable. You and your therapist will discuss the timing of sessions in the initial consultation and this can be reviewed as the therapy progresses.
How long is a session?
Sessions last for fifty minutes of the hour. This means that if your session is at 10am, it will end at 10.50.
What if I need to re-arrange or cancel a session?
Therapy works best if you attend appointments and give plenty of notice if you’re not able to come. Sessions can be re-arranged with sufficient notice and if there is an alternative space available that week. If you and your psychologist contract for a regular session, they will not give your space to anyone else. As such, sessions cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment time will be charged for in full.
How do I find out more or make an appointment?
If you’d like to know more about our psychology services, you can request a call back from one of our psychologists via this form:
If you’d like to make an appointment, please call or email The Practice at 322 and one of our psychologists will contact you to arrange an initial consultation
Phone: 020 7018 0770
How much does it cost?
Fees are £100 per session, payable at the appointment or via any major health insurer. Please note that Saturday appointments are not payable by health insurance.
If your income is limited, we do have a small number of lower-fee slots available during the day. Please contact us to enquire about availability for these.
We offer discounts to students particularly if you are training in psychology, psychotherapy or counselling.
What is counselling psychology?
It can be confusing to make sense of the different types of counselling or psychotherapy available. Psychologists are both scientists of brain, body and behaviour and also therapists. We are trained to doctoral level in helping people to understand and change the areas of themselves and their lives that are causing them suffering or constraint. The key difference between psychologists and other practitioners lies in the kind of training as well as the therapeutic philosophy and knowledge base.
The psychologists at The Practice at 322 are Chartered Counselling Psychologists. This title reflects the highest level of psychological knowledge and expertise as recognised by the British Psychological Society. It is awarded to those who have completed several degrees including a Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. As such, psychologists are trained across many settings and in many modalities.They are also required to continue training throughout their careers. This allows them to be able to create individualised courses of therapy for each and every person, according to their needs, interests and very importantly, to use only the most effective types of interventions. It also allows them to work skillfully with the full range of difficulties that cause people to suffer: from day-to-day worries to complex psychological conditions.
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