There are a number of ways to fund private psychological services, such as self-funding, private medical insurance and through other third parties.
The fees for each session need to be paid at or before the appointment. This can be done via bank transfer, cheque or in cash.
Private medical insurance members
If you have private medical insurance, please contact your insurer to check that your cover is adequate, that your treatment will be covered, and whether there are limits to the amount that you are allowed to claim. Please ensure that you have received authorisation from your insurance provider before you attend your first appointment.
I am recognised as provider of clinical psychology services by most insurers. However, some insurers will require that you are referred by a GP or a Consultant Psychiatrist before you can begin psychological therapy.
If private medical insurance has a limit on the number of sessions that you are covered for, but you wish to continue receiving therapy, you can choose to make up the difference by paying yourself. Please note that some insurers have an annual excess that you may be liable for yourself.
Some of my clients may have developed psychological problems following personal injury, such as a road traffic accident or an accident at work. Sometimes your solicitors or an independent agency will have secured funds for your treatment. In such cases, I need to receive a letter from the party who has agreed to pay for your treatment, formally instructing me to provide treatment.
Cancellation or Non-Attendance
When you make an appointment, that whole session is reserved for you. If you need to cancel your appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice. This is to allow me to offer your cancelled appointment to others who may be waiting for an appointment. If less than 24 hours notice is given or if you do not attend an appointment, the full fee will be charged. There will be no charge if more than 24 hours notice is given. Please also be aware that some insurers or third parties will not cover this cost and as such you will be fully responsible for this fee.
Free NHS Services
If you would like to see a Psychologist in the NHS, please discuss this option with your GP.