Frequently asked questions
How do you work?
My emphasis is on building rapport and effective therapeutic relationships with people. I strongly believe that it is important to build relational connections with people, particularly children, rather than operate as a 'blank slate'. Psychological research shows that it is the quality of the relationship between psychologist and client that leads to the most beneficial outcomes.
How long is a session with you?
Each session works on the basis of a 'clinical hour', which means that each session has a 'face-to-face' duration of 50 minutes. The remaining time is allocated to areas such as session planning, writing case notes and session summary emails.
What does the work involve?
I work using an integrative approach. In practice, this means that I draw upon a number of psychological models, such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, attachment theory, systemic theory and social constructionist ideas to inform my work with you.
What is your availability?
Presently, I offer sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm until 9pm. I also offer sessions on Saturdays from 10am until 7pm. I offer sessions at these times so as to minimise disruption in education for young people.
How can I find out more about what you offer?
If you are interested in me working with you, but unsure if I can offer the right type of support for you, then please do contact me so that we can arrange a mutually convenient time to talk. Working with the right psychologist is an important decision in its own right. I offer a free 15 minute telephone conversation to discuss what options might be helpful for you.
Do you offer assessment and diagnosis for children and adults where there are indicators about the autism spectrum?
Unfortunately not, whilst I have completed diagnostic assessments in the past, I do not currently offer this as part of my work. In my current practice, I offer work for people after the point of diagnosis.
Do you hold an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
Yes, I have an enhanced DBS for working with children and adults.
What video calling platforms do you use?
I currently use Zoom for video calls.
How should I approach video sessions?
It is best to find a quiet place with minimal disruptions, where you may be able to talk freely about your worries and concerns. In some instances, some people find it helpful to wear a headset within the session to further increase their confidentiality.
Please have some basic materials, likes pen and paper available in case you wish to write notes. If any documents are created or to be shared from the session, I will email them to you after the session. When working with children, it is often best to place some media with them, like colouring pens, as this can help them, particularly in the early stages when young people sometimes find talking to a psychologist a little anxiety provoking.
Are you registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)?
Yes, I am registered with the ICO and work in accordance with their guidance for securely storing personal data. I also work within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework as both a data processor and data controller.
Do you work with risk?
I work with mild levels of risk in this role, such as superficial levels of self-harm and some suicidal ideation. However, where the risk is more significant, such as more severe self-harm and suicidal planning, support may be best met within the local public sector services in your locality where multi-disciplinary support (such as psychiatry and psychology) can be available.
Terms and conditions
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Do you offer physical face-to-face sessions?
Presently, I am only able to offer video-call or telephone-based sessions. When I am able to resume face-to-face practice, I offer sessions at The Salisbury Practices in Salisbury and Stockbridge as well as the Arch Clinic in Fordingbridge.