Frequently Asked Questions
What are the mental health conditions you cover?
As an Adult Psychiatrist, I see patients aged 18 to 70 and cover the assessment and treatment of all major conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder and personality disorder. I can offer psychiatric treatment for Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) once the diagnosis is confirmed by a GP, physician or neurologist. I do not assess or treat ADHD but can offer screening as part of the assessment. I do not assess for dementia. I do not undertake medicolegal work or court reports.
Are you recognised by insurance companies?
I am recognised by all major insurance providers including BUPA, AXA, AVIVA, WPA, CIGNA, Vitality and Healix. Please contact your insurance provider to authorise the assessment/treatment before the appointment. If there is an excess on your policy, please let us know as this will be not be covered by the insurance company and you will be invoiced directly. The fee for self funding patients is £350 for the initial assessment and £200 for follow up appointments. The fee for private prescriptions is £30.
Do you offer psychological therapy?
I am trained and accredited in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I do not have availability for therapy appointments due to high demand for psychiatric assessments and treatment. However, I work with a team of experienced psychologists who are trained in different models of therapy and I can offer you an onward referral if clinically suitable. I am also able to liaise with your therapist (with your consent) to develop a joint and collaborative treatment plan.
Do you need a referral letter to see me?
A referral letter from your GP or another health professional is helpful but it is not a requirement to book an appointment. If you are able to obtain a referral letter, please upload this securely to your account. I use Carebit and an account will be created for you when you first register with us. It is also helpful to have any relevant clinic letters from previous assessments and treatments.
Can I contact you for support in a crisis?
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide crisis appointments. Please contact your Out Of Hours GP service or the Mental Health Crisis Team in your area. Alternatively, please call NHS 111 or attend you local Emergency Department. Crisis support is also offered by Samaritans (phone number 116 123). Shout offer text based crisis support (text 'SHOUT' to 85258).
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