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Healthplus Psychology Service is a personalised psychology service with multiple local locations. People come to the Healthplus Psychology Service for a variety of reasons. For some, memories about the past, painful events in the present or worries about the future may mean that you cannot enjoy life or live it in the way you would wish. Healthplus Psychology Service is here to help.

All psychologists at Healthplus Psychology Service offer unconditional positive regard, empathy, genuineness and respect for you, your values and belief system. We welcome clients from all denominations and all faiths from London and the Home Counties.

Healthplus Psychology

Healthplus Psychology Service is a personalised psychology service with multiple local locations. People come to the Healthplus Psychology Service for a variety of reasons. For some, memories about the past, painful events in the present or worries about the future may mean that you cannot enjoy life or live it in the way you would wish. Healthplus Psychology Service is here to help.

All psychologists at Healthplus Psychology Service offer unconditional positive regard, empathy, genuineness and respect for you, your values and belief system. We welcome clients from all denominations and all faiths from London and the Home Counties.

Healthplus Psychology Service provides services for companies, individuals and couples. We strive to provide excellence and to ensure that the best psychological professional is allocated in each and every case. We believe that every individual, group or organisation is unique and should therefore be treated as such. All of our work is guided by the principle of being responsive to these unique needs and providing a bespoke package of psychological input

During the course of psychology sessions, our Healthplus psychologists utilize various psychological and motivational approaches according, in part, to the problem that is being treated and their assessment of what will best benefit you. Sometimes more than one approach can be helpful in dealing with a certain situation. Your psychologist will ask for your feedback and views on your sessions, its progress, and other aspects and will expect you to respond openly and honestly.

All information disclosed within sessions and the written records pertaining to those sessions are confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law or if there is significant risk of harm to others or if there are concerns about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult.

If you would like to know more about the approaches your psychologist uses they will be more than happy to discuss this with you. If you know you would like a specific model of therapy, please say so on your first appointment when you are asked to briefly describe why you are seeking an appointment with a psychologist.

Our approachable team are happy to discuss the service you require with you over the phone and to think with you about how we may be able to help.

During the first session and throughout this process, your psychologist will discuss with you your understanding of the problem and your view of the possible outcomes of treatment. If you have any unanswered questions about any of the procedures used in the course of your sessions, their possible risks, the psychologist’s expertise in employing them, or about the treatment plan, please ask and you will be answered fully. You also have the right to ask about other treatments for your condition and their risks and benefits. If you could benefit from any treatment that Healthplus Psychology Service does not provide, we will assist you in obtaining those treatments.

Conditions Treated by Psychologists

Our Psychologists at Healthplus Clinics offer specialised treatment for a number of treatment areas, including but not limited to:

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Childhood Abuse and Trauma
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Chronic health conditions such as diabetes and cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Confidence difficulties
  • Depression and low self-esteem
  • Dissociation
  • Fertility Counselling
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Guilt
  • Health Anxiety
  • Interpersonal Problems
  • Jealousy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Personality Disorders
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Premature Ejaculation (PE)
  • Psychoses
  • Relationship Issues
  • Social phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Parents Therapy
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosomatic Symptoms
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self Development
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Phobias and Social Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Trichotillomania
  • Weight Loss
  • Work and Career Management
Benefits of Psychology

You can benefit from seeing a Psychologist if you suffer from heightened anxiety. Some of the signs of anxiety include:

  • Feeling on edge the majority of the time
  • Constantly worrying
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling tense and nervous
  • Experiencing difficulty relaxing

You can benefit from seeing a Psychologist if you suspect that you are depressed. Some of the signs of depression might include:

  • Sleep disturbance
    Feeling tired and lacking in energy
  • Poor concentration and difficulty thinking
  • Feeling sad, down or miserable for the majority of the time

You can benefit from seeing a Psychologist if you have noticed that you cannot control your anger and aggressive behaviour. Signs include aggressive behaviour that results in negative consequences for:

  • Yourself
  • Your partner
  • Your career and financial matters
  • Your legal situation (leading to problems with the law)

It is helpful to talk to a Psychologist if you drink, take drugs and / or gamble frequently and to a degree that people around you notice and you feel that you let them down, making you feel ashamed and embarrassed. Some signs might include:

  • Arguments with your partner have increased as a result of this behaviour
  • You are not able to stop a drinking session once you have started
  • You keep drinking and taking drugs despite negative consequences
  • You use alcohol or drugs to change the way you feel (e.g. to numb your pain, or to feel less anxious in social situations)
  • Your children feel embarrassed when you come to their Saturday sporting events and you are hungover (e.g. you look horrible and your speech is slurred)
  • Your partner appears to have lost interest in you, or you have lost interest in your partner and so you spend more time at the pub or using illicit substances
  • You minimise the significance of the situation by saying, ‘It’s not a big deal, I can stop whenever I want, I just like doing it,’ but you never actually stop
  • You lie, steal, hide, feel guilty and embarrassed and seem not to be able to control these behaviours
  • It is helpful to talk to a Psychologist if your relationships have deteriorated. We can help you to find a way to restore and improve your relationships. Signs of problems may include:
  • Your relationships with your kids or partner are not relaxed or enjoyable
  • When you look back at your relationships you cannot remember when you felt safe, at peace and happy with each other’s company
  • Your relationships are so strained that you feel it would be easier to run away rather than solve these problems

These are just some of the situations where a Psychologist can help you to overcome these difficulties and find a way to feel in control of your behavior.

We can help you learn how to implement an appropriate self-care plan and master effective strategies and techniques to help you to deal with adversities in your life efficiently.

With our help you can learn to:

  • Identify and address self-defeating thoughts and unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Understand and check unhelpful assumptions
  • Identify and put a stop to self-sabotage
  • Build healthy boundaries
  • Develop your inner resilience
  • Master effective coping strategies
  • Improve your relationships
  • Understand and better control difficult and impulsive behaviours
  • Avoid over-reliance on drugs and alcohol (or any other substance) to get through tough times
  • Manage your stress more often and more effectively
  • Understand different factors impacting on your physical and mental state and emotional wellbeing
  • Resolve conflicts and find a way to solve problems without them escalating
  • Improve communication with others
  • Improve the quality of your relationships
Risks of Psychology

Working on emotional issues can be painful and may require hard work. You may need several sessions before you begin to see improvement. It is not uncommon to sometimes feel worse after seeing a psychologist. If this is the case please discuss this with your psychologist.

If you don’t feel that you’re benefiting from therapy after several sessions, talk to your therapist about it. You and your therapist may decide to make some changes or try a different approach that may be more effective.

Psychology FAQs

Can I refer myself for therapy?

Yes: We accept referrals from General Practitioners (GP’s), psychiatrists, other healthcare professionals, insurance companies, employers, etc., as well as directly from individual members of the public.

Will what I tell you be kept confidential?

All information given will be kept confidential to the practice with the following exceptions. We would like to advise your GP that we are working with you so would aim to agree with you what details we can share with them, and will ask you for their contact details at your first appointment. If you are under the care of another healthcare professional (e.g., psychiatrist) for mental health issues it is likely to be helpful for us to have some communication with them to ensure you have the most effective and safest care so we will again agree with you what information you are happy for us to share with them and who else it may be relevant for us to contact. If we identify that you or another individual is at risk of harm then we are obliged, professionally, to act on this and inform the relevant authorities. We would aim to advise you we were going to take this action whenever possible. Finally, we are all required to have regular clinical supervision to ensure safe and effective practice so may share some information about your difficulties – in a personally non-identifiable form if the supervisor is not another member of the practice – with a named supervisor. You are welcome to request details about our supervisory arrangements at any time. All data we keep about you will be safely and securely stored and we will not disclose any information unnecessarily as we adhere to national Data Protection policies (we are registered with the government’s Information Commissioner’s Office).

How much can I expect to pay and how do I pay?

Fees are dependent on a number of factors including the type of therapeutic input offered and which psychological therapist you see so please contact us to discuss your individual needs and we can advise you accordingly. Fees for supervision again depend on the model of therapy and format of supervision. For consultation and training we have a set rate of fees for direct input, preparation and administrative costs which is available on request. Payment will be made at the end of each session, or other activity. Payment can be in the form of cheques, cash or electronically.

Can I claim from my private medical insurance company

We are registered as “Recognised Providers” with a number of insurance companies, e.g., BUPA, so please check with us first to see if we have already been recognised by your insurer. You will need to be issued with a pre-authorisation reference from your insurer before we can claim any fees back from them, so please discuss your intent to seek therapy with them before attending an appointment with us otherwise you are likely to be liable for the fee. Please note that most insurance companies place a cap on the number of sessions they will commit to fund in the first instance (typically 4-6).

How do I know if I need to see a psychologist?

It maybe that your GP or other medical or legal professional involved in your care suggests that you require psychological help or that you are finding managing your emotional difficulties a problem day to day. An assessment with a Psychologist can help clarify whether therapy or counselling may be beneficial to help overcome these difficulties.

What happens at a psychology consultation?

During the initial psychology consultation with you will be asked some questions about your difficulties, how they are impacting upon your life, and when they started. You may also be requested to complete some questionnaires assessing your mood. A psychological formulation of your difficulties and psychology treatment options will then be provided. Depending upon your difficulties and the impact they are having on you therapy may be short-term (e.g. 4 to 6 sessions) medium-term (8 to 16 sessions) or more longer term (16 or more sessions). The Psychologist will also help evaluate the progress of therapy to ensure that treatment is benefiting your particular needs.

What issues can a psychologist help me with?

A Psychologist is trained to help people manage various emotional difficulties including:-

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Family problems, Confidence issues, Self-esteem problems, Anger, Stress, Bereavement, and difficulties emanating from living with a chronic health problem such diabetes or cancer. Please contact us and we can advise you as to whether our service will be able to offer you the psychological treatment which will assist you with your difficulties.

What kinds of people seek a psychologist?

There is no one specific person that will seek a Psychologist’s support. Psychologists treat people from various backgrounds, cultures, and values who are experiencing psychological difficulties.

How do I start with a psychologist?

After an initial assessment which will be one or two sessions the psychologist will provide you with treatment options if applicable and will meet with you weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on the nature of your psychological difficulties, your availability, and your goal of resolving the psychological distress.

How long should I expect to have to continue psychology?

This depends greatly on what the difficulties are and how motivated you are to resolve your psychological distress. With the help of the psychologist therapeutic gains can be seen within six sessions for mild to moderate distress to up to 24 sessions for longer term complex problems.

How do I know which approach is most suited to me?

The therapeutic approach suitable to assist you with your difficulties will depend upon what problems are discussed at the assessment and the formulation your psychologist shares with you. Then a suitable treatment plan will be devised which will take into consideration your particular needs.

Can a psychologist prescribe medication if I need it?

Medication is sometimes used in conjunction with psychological therapies. Sometimes combined treatment is better than either alone. Both psychotherapy and medication appear to act by altering brain functioning. With some disorders, various forms of psychotherapy can help you to remain on medication and follow other elements of the treatment plan. Psychologists do not prescribe, advice or comment on medication, but may recommend that you seek medical advice from your GP or another medical consultant, if they feel that medication may help.

Can I speak to a psychologist before my appointment?

It is usually beneficial to discuss psychological difficulties at the appointment rather than before the appointment as it will provide you with the opportunity to work on resolving these difficulties with your psychologist.

Will my psychologist be available for me in a crisis?

Psychologists do not usually operate a service for mental health or medical emergencies. In an emergency please contact 111, your GP, any mental health professionals who may be involved in your care or the Accidents and Emergency Department of your local Hospital or NHS Trust.

Why do I have to pay for missed/cancelled therapy sessions?

In unforeseen circumstances payments for missed or cancelled sessions may not be imposed. However if 48 hours notice is not provided informing the service that you wish to cancel or miss the therapy session than yourself or your medical insurance company is liable for missed or cancelled sessions. This is due to costs of the service such as hire of room and possible other people who could have attended the missed/cancelled appointment.

How can I pay for a therapy session?

Payment for therapy sessions can be made by either by cash or cheque. If your medical insurance company is paying for treatment please check your cover as you will be liable for any outstanding payments which are not reimbursed by your medical insurance company.

Do you offer concessions, discounts or low-cost therapy?

As a private psychology service we tend to have a fixed fee rate. We will however discuss your individual circumstances and offer a fee which would be acceptable to both parties.

Can I refer someone for psychology?

We accept referrals from GPs, other medical professionals, legal professionals, occupational health services, and from people who wish to self-refer.

Healthplus Psychology - Why Us?

When you visit Healthplus Clinics Psychology you will experience a unique and pro-active treatment service with a Psychologist interested in your individualised treatment. You will be welcomed to Healthplus Psychology by the vibrant clinic environment and cheerful staff and receive personal attention and thorough detail from your Psychologist.

At Healthplus Psychology we have a Five Point Promise which separates us from our competitors. Our clinicians will always advise you of the lowest cost option for your individual condition or injury. Our aftercare service means that we will provide help and assistance should this be necessary with sequential and periodic reviews.

Five Point Promise:

1.   Specialist Psychologists

2.   Clinically comprehensive

3.   Transparent prices

4.   Individualized treatment

5.   Professional aftercare

In addition Healthplus Psychology offers:

  • Friendly and courteous staff.
  • Convenient appointment times.
  • Prompt service, we will never keep you waiting for a long period of time.
  • Professional but comfortable atmosphere.
  • Large treatment rooms with state of the art equipment.
  • Convenient location.
  • Over a decades of experience, with patients from celebrities, professional & Olympic athletes.
  • Consultant, GP, insurance and rehabilitation company referrals.
  • Direct claim procedure.
  • Lunch time and early morning appointments.
Psychology Resources

Psychology Links

Professional Bodies

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – The HCPC are responsible for the statutory regulation of 15 different health professions.

Helplines

Alcoholics Anonymous – A company aiming to help those with an alcohol addiction through support and meetings.
Childline – A free helpline for children and young people in the UK, call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
Cruse Bereavement Care– Help and support for those who have suffered a loss.
Home-Start – The UK’s leading family support charity.
Mind – The leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
Relate – The biggest organisation specialising in relationship counselling and support in the UK.
Samaritans – A charity available 24 hours a day offering a confidential listening service to anyone in distress.
Victim Support – A national charity that helps anyone who has been affected by crime.

Additional Resources

AISSG – A resource for people with problems relating to the reproductive system.
Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) – CAADA is a national charity providing practical support to professionals and organisations working with domestic abuse victims.
Do You Panic – This site is dedicated to helping people who suffer at the hands of repetitive panic or anxiety.
Drugsline – An independent drugs crisis, information and support charity that provides free and confidential information and support.
Healing Well – This website contains information and resources on a number of diseases, disorders and chronic illnesses. Browse their online bookstore or speak to others in their forums and chat rooms.
Male Health – Fast, free independent health information on all subjects for men of all ages from the Men’s Health Forum.
Medical News Today – Medical News Today gathers all the latest articles related to health news and medical news and present them to an international audience of health professionals.
Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) – Sands is an organisation supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies lives.
Stop it Now! – A free confidential helpline for adults concerned about child sexual abuse, including those worried about the behaviour of someone they know and those concerned about their own thoughts and behaviour towards children.
Straight Partners Anonymous – Straight Partners Anonymous (SPA) is a support group for straight people whose partners are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Time To Change – Time to Change is a website attempting to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.
Together UK – A leading UK Mental Health Charity working alongside each person with mental health issues on their journey towards greater wellbeing.
WAY Foundation (Widowed And Young) – WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died.
Women’s Aid – Women’s Aid is the key national charity in England for women and children experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse in their homes.
Youth Information – The National Youth Agency’s information toolkit for young people and all those working with them.

Educational Resources

Important Information about Psychology

We do not accept clients who, in our opinion, we cannot help. In such a case, we will give you a number of referrals that you may contact, or may recommend use of our face-to-face sessions. If at any point during therapy we assess that we are not effective in helping you reach your therapeutic goals, we will discuss this with you.

All information disclosed within sessions and the written records pertaining to those sessions are confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law or if there is significant risk of harm to others or if there are concerns about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult.

Healthplus Psychology is not a crisis or emergency service. If you need to speak to someone immediately, please contact your GP, NHS 24 (08454 242424) or the Samaritans (08457 909090).

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