What is a Counselling Psychologist?

Counselling psychology is a branch of applied psychology which integrates psychological theory (typically person-centred, psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)) and research to therapeutic practice. Counselling psychologists value the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the evolving process of therapy in supporting an individual through guided discovery towards well-being. As part of their training they engage in their own personal therapy to promote self-awareness and development.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short term psychological therapy which explores the maintaining factors of the difficulties you may be experiencing. Collaboratively we look at the types of thoughts you experience, your emotions, physical sensations and behavioural responses to particular situations or environmental triggers. By adjusting these areas we can change and infer how you feel emotionally. In CBT we support you to develop the skills and techniques to over come and manage the difficulties you experience. Whilst focusing on current factors, we also consider a developmental perspective, exploring how the problem has developed over time. Outside of session, individuals are expected to practise what has been discussed. For example, this may be reading literature/information or keeping a diary. The total amount of CBT sessions can range from 5 – 20. Much research is available supporting the efficacy of CBT as a treatment approach and is supported by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to provide guidance and quality standards.

Do you accept referrals from private health care providers?

If you are covered by private health care, you will need to provide an authorisation code and confirmation from them that you are insured to receive psychological therapy. Currently we are registered with AXA/PPP, WPA and Cigna healthcare. Please check with us if your health care providers are not listed here.

What will happen in the first appointment?

The first appointment will allow you the opportunity to explore whether talking therapy and/or your therapist may be of benefit to you. You are under no obligation to continue if you are unsure and can ask your therapist any questions you may have. Your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your needs and will share an initial understanding of how she can help you.

Is what we discuss confidential?

As part of our first appointment, confidentiality will be discussed with you. It is important that you feel safe to trust and confide in your therapist who will remain non-judgemental to what you share with us. Your therapist will keep brief notes which are securely stored meeting legislation guidelines. In line with our accrediting bodies we each undertake regular supervision to ensure we are providing the best service possible. We will not share any information with anyone else such as other professionals unless you give us permission to do so. Some health insurance and employment assistant programmes require reports. Such content will be discussed with you first and you will receive copies. If your therapist had any concerns of the safety to yourself or others we would wish to discuss this with you in the first instance.

I need a written report, can you provide this?

We regularly provide written reports following initial consultations or at the end of treatment. There is an associated fee unless this has been prearranged between Personalised Therapy and a healthcare provider or employment assistance programme. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding this.

How many sessions will I need?

The amount of sessions you may need typically vary between 5 and 20. Each therapeutic experience is unique and you may require less or more appointments. We will regularly review progress and your needs throughout the course of therapy.

Where can I see you?

Personalised Therapy is based at Nicholson House, 41 Thames Street, Weybridge, Surrey , KT13 8JG. We are also available for appointments via Skype, telephone or email to allow for flexibility in arrangement. These will need to be prearranged with your therapist.

I don’t know what is wrong with me but I don’t feel my usual self and I’m unhappy. Does this mean I am depressed?

As part of your first appointment, your therapist will ask you a variety of questions to understand the difficulties you are experiencing and the treatment options available to you. Sometimes when we don’t feel ourselves, it is difficult to get out of that state into a better, healthier position. Your therapist will treat you as an individual with unique experiences and strategies to help you. She may also ask you to complete specific questionnaires to explore your difficulties further and guide the process of therapy. Many people experience symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. Whether you are depressed or not, we can support you to consider how you may be able to make changes in your life which will be of benefit to you, ensuring that the focus of therapy is captured and the difficulties you are experiencing are understood.

I feel nervous about having therapy or it wasn’t helpful before, what would you advise?

You have made the first step in exploring talking therapy which is often the hardest part in acknowledging you may need psychological support. The initial stages of therapy can be hard work and draining. Having undertaken their own personal therapy as part of their training, your psychologist will understand and support you through this process. They will work to quickly develop a therapeutic relationship with you, leaving you at ease. If you have had therapy before your therapist will discuss your experience, how helpful it was and what you would like more of or how you would like it to be different.

Will I need to bring anything with me?

After an initial appointment has been arranged you will be emailed our terms and conditions contract and a registration form. Please bring these completed forms with you. You do not need to bring anything else but you can bring a notepad if you want to write down anything that we discuss.

What happens if I need to cancel or rearrange an appointment?

In the event of an appointment needing to be cancelled please provide us with as much notice as possible so that we can offer you an alternative. Full payment will be charged if a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation is not given or an appointment is not attended.

Is there parking?

Yes there is free parking directly outside of Nicholson House in allocated parking bays. There is also additional free parking outside on the main road and in nearby streets e.g. Grotto Road. View a map of the area here.

How do I arrange an appointment?

You can contact us directly on 01932 481 024 or email us at info@personalisedtherapy.com. Alternatively please complete the contact form with your availability. We will endeavour to promptly offer and confirm a convenient appointment for you.