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What can you expect?

  • To be seen by a fully-qualified Chartered Counselling Psychologist who is registered with The British Psychological Society (BPS), the representative body for psychologists in the UK. Our psychologist adheres to the BPS's Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • To be seen by a psychologist who will work collaboratively with you to support you in exploring, understanding and modifying issues that are affecting your psychological wellbeing.
  • All information presented by clients is kept confidential.
  • To be seen by a psychologist who has experience of working with a wide range of issues.
  • Both short-term and long-term therapy is available, the most appropriate being dependent on the issues faced by the client.
  • An appointment that is convenient for you. Appointments out of normal office hours are available.
  • All of the above will be discussed in greater detail when first meeting with our psychologist.
First session

The first session is an assessment session, which lasts for 50 minutes. During the assessment (which can sometimes go over two sessions) the psychologist aims to develop an understanding of the difficulties being faced by the client. The psychologist does this by asking the client questions about their present circumstances and difficulties and also about past experiences and important events. The psychologist then discusses with the client what he or she hopes to achieve from therapy. Using these goals, the psychologist can develop a treatment plan collaboratively with the client.

Further sessions

Clients usually attend sessions once a week at a time that has been agreed upon by both client and psychologist. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. Depending on the nature of the client's issues, therapy can either be short-term or long-term. The treatment plan developed in the assessment session is regularly reviewed by the client and the psychologist and, if necessary, it is modified accordingly.

Psychologists in training

RPS is able to offer students who are training in counselling psychology or counselling personal psychological therapy and supervision for their clinical practice at reduced rates.

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