During the initial appointment clients will have the opportunity to discuss the difficulties in their lives for which they have sought psychological help and their goals for therapy. They are also asked questions about their background and developmental history in order for the therapist to get a sense of the underlying factors that contribute to clients’ current difficulties. By the end of the initial session the therapist presents his/her initial understanding of the clients’ problems and how psychological therapy could help them overcome these. If the therapist has sufficient information at this stage he or she may discuss an initial treatment plan and the time period that might be needed for the clients to reach their goals. The initial session is also an opportunity for the therapist to assess whether the client’s problems fall within their area of expertise and competence. If the therapist believes that the client would benefit from specialised help they discuss with them other available therapeutic avenues.
Therapy can be either short term (up to 12 sessions) or long term. This is determined by the level of clients’ difficulties, their needs for therapy and the therapy approach employed for each case. The choice of therapy approach is determined by evidence-based practice guidelines, the results of the initial assessment and the patient’s goals for therapy.
Each 50 minute session is charged at £160. Payment is received on the day either by cash or cheque.
Please give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment or else the full fee will be charged. If you need to change the time of your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances we try our best to accommodate your needs. However, this may not always be possible.
At Sloane Psychology our therapists are approved providers with all leading healthcare insurance companies such as BUPA, BUPA INTERNATIONAL, AXA PPP, Pruhealth, Standard Life, CIGNA, Norwich Union, Remedi. If your health care provider does not appear on the aforementioned list, please check with us as we are likely to meet their requirements for approval.
Psychologists are not medically trained doctors. Therefore, we do not prescribe medication. If we believe that you might benefit from pharmacological treatment we will discuss this with you and suggest that your see your GP or a psychiatrist in order for them to do an assessment and advise you accordingly. Research studies have shown that for some psychological difficulties a combination of medication and therapy may be more effective than therapy or medication alone.
We can see you for an initial appointment within seven days of you making contact with us.
We accept referalls by GPs, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and physicians. We also accept self-referrals, however upon discussion with you and having obtained your consent we would like to write to your GP in order to inform them that you have started therapy. This letter can be as detailed as you wish. If your therapy is paid by a private health insurance company your health insurance provider may ask you to be referred to us by a psychiatrist.
Our offices are in Belgravia, at 9a Wilbraham Place SW1X 9AE and in Chelsea at 2 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BJ. We are a short walk (about 3 minutes) from Sloane Square tube station which is on the District and Circle lines. Please click here for a map of the area.