ILLUMINATED THINKING

Counselling | Coaching | Psychology Assessments

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have any questions about our therapy services? Here are answers to some common questions we get asked. If there is anything specific you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to contact us.

WHAT ISSUES CAN THERAPY HELP WITH?

Psychological therapy has been proven to help with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self esteem, problems in relationships, amongst other things. At your initial consultation, your psychologist will be able to talk through what you are currently experiencing and agree a focus for therapy.

WHAT KIND OF THERAPIST DO I NEED?

There are many different kinds of psychological therapists, and the number of years of training and experience usually reflects the title that a therapist can use. Clinical and Counselling Psychologists are therapists who have a doctorate level of training, and is the most extensive level of training available in the UK. Clinical Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist are also protected titles and we are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

WHAT SHOULD I ASK MY POTENTIAL THERAPIST?

It is important that you feel able to work with any potential therapist so getting an idea of their approach and how they work is important. You can ask about their qualifications, experience and specific information about the help that you need. It is also useful to ask about the practicalities of therapy, such as the frequency and policies regarding cancellations and holidays.

WHAT IF I NEED MEDICATION?

Psychological therapists do not prescribe medication and cannot advise you on this. If you feel this would be useful, we recommend you contact either Dr Macklin or Dr Rasul at Limewood Psychiatry.

I HAVE TRIED THERAPY BEFORE AND IT DIDN’T WORK. WHY SHOULD I TRY AGAIN?

We often see people who have tried therapy in the past and not having benefited from sessions. Sometimes the particular approach or the therapist may not have suited at the time. Finding the right therapist that you can trust and feel comfortable with is very important. It is okay to try out sessions with different therapists until you find the right fit for you.

HOW OFTEN DO I ATTEND THERAPY SESSIONS?

Therapy is a choice and there are so many parts of it that you have a choice over, including the frequency of sessions. Some people come for weekly sessions, some for fortnightly, depending on what is going on for them. You can also change the frequency to meet your needs at any time. Our sessions are 50 minutes.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?

At your first session, your psychologist will discuss your specific needs and what is realistic to achieve with therapy. Some people benefit from what we call a ‘psychological formulation’, which is a detailed understanding of your difficulties. This can be very helpful for some and usually takes 1-4 sessions. If more sessions are required to achieve your goals then this will be discussed as early as possible in the therapy process.

CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE TO COVER MY THERAPY?

We accept most major insurance providers, including AVIVA, AXA, BUPA, CIGNA, The Exeter and WPA.
If you are registered with a private healthcare insurer and wish to have part or all of the fees paid for by the insurer, a referral from your GP (or with some companies, from a Psychiatrist) may be required by the provider in order to cover your fees. Please contact your healthcare provider to clarify these details.