How It Works
It is important that you feel happy about the therapeutic process, and in control of what is happening to you. It is also important that you feel able to say that you don’t want to take therapy further or want to try something else. I therefore offer a 15-minute conversation on the phone before meeting to see if we are likely to be a good ‘fit’. This will involve a preliminary discussion of your difficulties and my sense of what might be helpful for you.
If you would like to go ahead then we will make an initial appointment, during which we will discuss your difficulties in more depth and start to make sense of them. We will start building a plan together, including the approaches we might try and how we will review our progress.
We will meet, usually on a weekly basis, for a 50-minute session and I will guide you through the therapeutic process, so that hopefully, things start to change, and you notice improvements in your life. Depending on the approach we use, you might be asked to do homework in between sessions, but this will be decided upon in a collaborative manner.
- Please contact me for information about pricing
- I accept cash or BACS and this is payable prior to the session
- Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel an appointment so that it can be offered to somebody else. Unfortunately, you will still be charged if you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice
- You can end therapy at any time
- I am registered with most major medical insurance companies so you can access my services through them if you prefer
Your privacy is taken very seriously, and the content of our meetings will be kept confidential. The only exception to this if I believe you or somebody else to be at risk of harm. On these rare occasions I may need to contact another professional such as a GP, to ensure the right support is provided. I will endeavour to let you know beforehand, however, if this course of action needs to be taken.
As part of ethical practice, all clinical psychologists are required to seek peer supervision from another qualified psychological therapist. This is to ensure the therapy being provided is of good quality. This process is also confidential, however, and I will not share identifiable information about you.
Cooper Psychology Services is committed to ensuring the protection of all personal information that we hold and to protect all such data in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR, 2018). Company practice is summarised below:
- I will keep your data for up to 6 years following the duration of our work together. This is for legal reasons and is usually specified by the insurance companies with whom I work
- Your data, either that kept on paper or on computer files, will be kept securely and will only be accessible by me
- At times I may seek consent for sharing information if necessary
- I recognise my obligation in updating and expanding this program to meet the requirements of GDPR
How To Get In Touch
If you would like to discuss therapeutic options, then please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone.
If you wish to be seen in person I am happy to meet with you at my home clinic or at Sutton Medical Consulting Centre in Sutton Coldfield (see suttonmedicalconsulting.co.uk).