Fees and Terms for Psychological Services

 

1. Therapy sessions last for fifty minutes. Assessment sessions are by the hour. If the client is late for the appointment the time cannot usually be extended; however, the psychologist will aim to be flexible wherever possible.

2. Psychologist fees are £100 per hour for self-payers, usually payable at the end of each session. Insurance and medico-legal charges vary, details available upon request. If payment is to be made via BACS, it should be received within 5 days of the session. Fees for Educational and Occupational Psychology services vary and will be provided by Dr Jasmine Murray upon request.

3. If fees are to be paid by a third party, an invoice will be issued and BACS payment is required within 30 days.

4. Initial assessment sessions usually involve a one hour assessment, client self-completed or parent completed questionnaires and an assessment summary letter with recommendations. The fee for the initial assessment is £200. More complex assessments start from £300. Fees will vary according to instructions and complexity.

5. If the psychologist is required to attend meetings in relation to the client, an hourly fee and travel costs will apply. Travel to other bases within 5 miles is not charged. Outside of that there is a charge for travelling time of £50 per hour or part thereof. Mileage is charged at 45 pence per mile.

6. At least 24 hours notice is required for cancellation or change of appointment time if not rescheduling for the same day. The full fee will be charged for missed appointments where no notification has been given or for appointments cancelled within four hours. For sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice a charge of £45 will apply. There is no charge for sessions cancelled with at least 24 hours notice.

7. The service offered is confidential. The psychologist keeps brief notes which are filed in a locked cabinet and can only be accessed by the psychologist.

8. Assessments: Psychological assessments will be provided within the competence of the clinical psychologist. The psychologist and client (or third party) will discuss the purpose of the assessment, proposed assessment activities, fees and timescales prior to commencement. An assessment report will be provided with prior agreement regarding who will receive a copy.

9. The exception to confidentiality: If the psychologist has reason to believe that the client is causing, or will cause, either himself/herself or other people or their property harm, then they are obliged to share that information. They are also obliged to share information if the client is a child or vulnerable adult and is deemed to be at risk from others. This will be discussed with the client first, where possible, and the information is usually shared with the G.P.

10. If the psychologist is required to share information with a third party (Employers; Insurance Companies; GP) via meetings or reports then consent will be sought from the client with an agreement regarding what information is shared and with whom. The exception as per term 10 still applies.

11. The psychologist may share information within a supervision context, although the client’s name and other details of their identity will not be shared. Supervision is a requirement for all psychologists to ensure that the highest standards of professional and ethical practice are adhered to.


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