In general, psychological therapy, psychotherapy and talking therapy are different
terms for the same thing. The British Psychological Society defines psychotherapy
as "the practice of alleviating psychological distress through talking rather than
drugs; indeed, it is often referred to as 'talking therapy'."
Dr Justin believes the aim of therapy is to enhance psychological flexibility in
the long-term, through
Understanding our experiences in the context of our lives to increase self-compassion
Tweaking, or learning new, skills to change aspects of our environment and our own
behaviour so that we can be solution focussed when this is appropriate
Accepting we are not in control of everything all of the time so that we become more
comfortable with difficult feelings we experience when we are unable to do something
to change things around us or within us
Dr Justin will offer you an initial assessment where you can explain what has been
causing you distress. To put your current difficulties in context, you will be asked
about other areas of your life (including what is going well) and your background.
Together you will discuss how therapy might be helpful to you and talk about what
kind of therapy might be appropriate. It can be hard talking to someone new and people
sometimes feel embarrassed discussing personal matters. Dr Justin will do his best
to put you at ease.
If you decide to engage in therapy with Dr Justin, you can agree on an ongoing appointment
time that suits you. Appointments usually take place once a week or once every two
Appointments for individuals are 50 minutes long (longer sessions can be arranged
if appropriate) and couple appointments are 80 minutes long (couple sessions can
be 50 minutes long however this often feels rushed, not allowing enough time for
both people to explore and process what is happening in their relationship).
The first appointment is payable at the time of booking by electronic bank transfer.
If you and Dr Justin decide to meet for further sessions, you will be asked to leave
a deposit for the cost of one session to protect against cancellation/ postponement/
non-attendance (see below). If you attend all your appointments the deposit will
be credited against your final session.
Cancellation/ postponement/ non-attendance policy
A postponement/ cancellation and non-attendance policy is in place, with Monday appointments
needing to be cancelled by 5pm on the previous Wednesday. If you do not provide
this notice, or do not attend your appointment, you will forfeit your deposit and
will be asked to provide a new deposit prior to further appointments.
If you have health insurance you may want to find out if they will cover the costs
of clinical psychology sessions. It is important to know that if you claim the cost
of sessions from your health insurance provider, any information that is provided
to them, for example a diagnosis, will remain on your health record.
It may be helpful to ask your health insurance provider the following questions
Does the insurer cover psychological therapy from a clinical psychologist (some policies
differentiate between clinical psychologists, other therapists and psychiatrists)?
Does the clinical psychologist need to be registered with the insurance company?
Does the insurer require a referral from a GP or psychiatrist (or other health practitioner)?
Does the insurer require you to be diagnosed with a mental health problem/ disorder
(e.g., DSM, ICD) and are there any diagnoses that they don’t cover?
Does the insurer cap cover at a particular number of sessions and/ or a monetary
limit? Is any cap per year or other time period?
Your privacy and confidentiality
Dr Justin will respect your privacy fully and everything you say to him will be bound
by confidentiality. He will not disclose that you are attending therapy to others
without having gained your consent, unless
Required by law
When your life or the life of someone else is at risk
As part of good clinical practice Dr Justin receives clinical supervision from qualified
mental health practitioners and so he may discuss the psychological care he provides
to you with his supervisor(s), who are also bound by confidentiality
Diversity and inclusion
Dr Justin aims to provide a non-judgmental service for people regardless of their
age, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor.