WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIST?
A Psychiatrist is medical doctor who specialises in treating mental health disorders and substance abuse issues, they’re fully qualified to assess and diagnose both physical and mental aspect of psychological problems.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychiatrists differ from other Therapists who work with mental health and Psychologists, in particular, in that they’re trained medical doctors with the ability to prescribe medications and as such tend to focus most of their efforts managing their patient’s course of treatment. It’s generally not the role of your Psychiatrist to offer weekly talking therapies unless they have chosen to specialise in a therapeutic approach that’s of particular interest to them. This is more the focus of Psychologists, who work with varying forms of evidence-based psychotherapy with the aim of treating emotional and mental difficulties by way of behavioural intervention.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST OR A PSYCHOLOGIST?
If your main reason for coming to see us concerns your current medication, or a suspected issue with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, psychosis or bipolar then seeing one of our Psychiatrists would be the best route to take. They will be able to assist you with any prescriptions and reviews as well as provide you with a diagnosis, and a suitable course of treatment should that be why you’re coming to see us. If your problem doesn’t require medical intervention, one of our Psychologists will be more than able to assist you in diagnosing any one of a large range of less severe disorders.
THE ROLE OF YOUR PSYCHIATRIST
Psychiatrists differ from Psychotherapists in that they’re fully qualified medical doctors who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Your first meeting with one of our team will involve determining what mental health issue(s) you’re facing, if any, and where you lie on the spectrum. From there, you’ll be able to discuss with your therapist what treatment options are available to you along with the pros and cons of each approach. All of our Psychiatrists are fully accredited with a wealth of experience working with all manner complex cases, meaning you can be assured of receiving the best possible support.
GETTING OVER YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT NERVES
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health issues meaning the thought of seeing a psychiatrist often brings up feelings of inadequacy and of not being ‘normal.’ But there is absolutely nothing to ashamed of. Seeking out treatment for a mental health issue is no different than going to your GP for a psychical complaint. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, it can, and does affect people from all walks of life.
If coming to your first session is a source of anxiety for you, we completely understand, but know that your Therapist’s only concern is working with you to improve your state of wellness. There will be no judgment, shaming or anything of the sort that will demean your character. We’re here only to help and will endeavour to provide you with the most comfortable environment possible to ensure you always feel well received when coming to see us.
WHAT YOUR FIRST PSYCHIATRY SESSION WITH US WILL LOOK LIKE
Your first session will be about establishing why you’ve sought out psychiatric treatment, but will also involve getting to know a little about you the individual. Since treatment can be an ongoing process, we put a lot of emphasis on establishing rapport, as well as assessing the current state of your mental and emotional well-being.
Once you’ve created a picture of your mental health, we’ll then be able to provide you with an initial diagnosis and recommend the best course of action. This can include medication, practical changes to your life, psychological treatment and techniques to help you manage your problem in the interim. Most often, it is a combination of all of the above.
As treatment for psychiatric and psychological illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia often need to be managed long-term, it’s important for you to be aware you are very much an active part of the process. If there is anything that’s causing you problems, or if you’ve experienced a change in circumstances, it’s vital that you keep us informed so we can adjust things as necessary. We’d hate for you to be going along with what we’re suggesting if it clearly isn’t working for you. We’re absolutely here to help you every step of the way.
ONLINE TREATMENT VIA SKYPE
Although we a London-based clinic, working out of our Harley St location, if travel is an issue, we’re happy to provide session by Skype or telephone if it suits you.
If you’d like to know more about our child psychiatry services and how the sessions are conducted, you can find more information here.
£260: Assessment 1 hour (Diagnosis, treatment & prescription)
£520: Assessment 2 hours (ADHD or where further testing is required)
(Diagnosis, treatment & prescription)
£120: Letter/short report: £120 (not included in appointment fee)
£180: Follow up 30 minutes
£900 – Large reports not for court purposes (university appeal cases) (fees may vary depending on your case)
£1800 – Medico-Legal report for court purposes (fees may vary depending on your case)
£90 – Repeat prescription fee (when no appointment is required). To order your repeat prescription clinic here.
If you’d like to have a consultation with one of London’s leading private psychiatrists you can call the Private Therapy Clinic on: 020 3887 1738
Or alternatively, you can book online by clicking here.
***All of our Psychiatrists have full medical degrees, have completed their training with the Royal College of Psychiatrists are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and have granted the position of Consultant Psychiatrist by the NHS, which enables them to work privately
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