Clinical Psychologists apply the science of psychology to emotional and mental health problems. People sometimes ask what the difference is between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist. Psychiatrists are first and foremost trained in medicine and the biological bases for mental health problems. They are qualified to prescribe medication for mental health difficulties. Clinical psychologists have in depth training in psychology, assessing and understanding psychological problems and delivering therapy. They are not able to prescribe medication.
For more indepth information about clinical psychology please see the British Psychological Society website here.
In sessions, Kate and you will often identify a task, relevant to the discussion that week, which you could do between sessions. This is an important part of treatment and will enable you to get the most out of therapy. For want of a better word this is often called 'homework' and time is set aside to discuss this at the beginning of each session.
It can be useful to have a telephone conversation before arranging your first appointment. This provides an opportunity to discuss the nature of your difficulties and to answer any questions you may have. There is no charge for this and no obligation to meet afterwards.
Your First Appointment
Your first appointment is an opportunity for you and Kate to meet and talk about your current difficulties. She will also ask some background information about your life relationships and you as a person. You will also be able to ask any questions you might have. By the end of the appointment Kate will be able to share her initial thoughts about the best way forward for you. Some people then like to go away and think about the appointment before deciding to make another, or you can make a follow up appointment there and then. There is no obligation to book any further visits. Depending on the nature of your difficulties, 1-3 sessions may be needed for a thorough assessment resulting in a psychological formulation (an understanding of your difficulties).
Following assessment Kate will discuss with you the different therapy options given her understanding of your difficulties. She will then tailor her therapy and style for the best approach for you. Kate is able to offer a range of therapeutic approaches, particularly those using a cognitive framework, mindfulness techniques and compassionate mind theory. Kate will seek regular feedback during therapy to ensure she is being as helpful as possible.
All information discussed as part of your treatment is treated with the upmost care in order to maintain confidentiality. In this regard Kate is bound by the professional ethics of the British Psychological Society. Kate is also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and abides by the rules of the Data Protection Act.