What is the difference between clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and counsellors?

Clinical psychologists have all completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate training in clinical psychology, (currently a 3 year doctoral training). Many have also completed PhDs and/or prior to undertaking their clinical training, spent many years working in relevant mental health fields.

Psychiatrists have undergone a medical (and not a psychological) training and as such, can prescribe medication where this might be indicated in cases of severe and serious mental illness. More information can be obtained from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Counsellors and psychotherapists have more varied training backgrounds and may not have training in either medicine or psychology (although some do). Many use forms of therapy that seek to help with psychological difficulties by listening, and by increasing self-awareness and understanding.


Will you contact my GP?

With your consent, it is our normal practice to let your GP know that you are consulting here at TPP. You can however withdraw consent for us to do so.


Will you contact my child’s school?

If your psychologist wishes to contact or liaise with your child’s school, this will be discussed with you and it will only happen with your explicit written or email consent


Do we attend on the same day / same time each week?

This depends on the treatment plan agreed with you.


Do we move between psychologists according to availability?

No: the psychologist who conducts your assessment will be the psychologist providing your treatment.


With which Private Medical Insurers are you registered?

Currently, we are registered as providers with all the major insurers apart from BUPA and Vitality. However, not all policies cover patients for mental health / psychological input. Please check with your own provider.


Do you provide work experience placements or training placements?

Currently unfortunately we are not able to provide either work experience for school students or training placements for trainee clinical psychologists.  


Is there disabled access to The Psychology Practice?

Our building, Batchworth Lock House, is very old and access is sadly not easy for disabled people nor is it pram-friendly. There are sets of steps on entering the building and to access the consulting rooms.  


Do you offer appointments outside of normal school / office hours?

Yes, we have appointments until 8 pm in the evenings and on some days, from 8 am in the mornings.


Can you guarantee confidentiality?

Confidentiality and privacy at TPP is scrupulously maintained. Confidentiality would only ever be breached in the highly unusual circumstances of someone being deemed to be at risk of very serious harm (that is where ‘Safeguarding’ concerns prevail).

We are GDPR compliant and a copy of our data protection policy is available on request.

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