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Why Choose a Private Psychologist?

It can be confusing knowing how to go about getting help for your difficulties and which type of therapy to try.  Some types of therapy will be more suited to certain people and particular types of difficulties than others.

Going private

There are a number of options available on the NHS, but you may find that you are limited by what is available in your area or you don’t want to wait to be seen.  If you choose private practice, you are likely to be seen sooner and you will have greater flexibility to find the right therapy and receive the right number of sessions for you.  It is good to discuss your options with your GP so you can make an informed choice.

High quality and effective CBT

CBT is a scientific approach and is the evidenced-based treatment of choice for a number of conditions related to anxiety and depression.  It is recommended by The National Institute of Clinical Excellent (NICE) for many conditions.

CBT therapists can be accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), indicating a high level of post-graduate training and experience in this particular type of therapy.

Clinical psychologists have an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as a three year postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  This involves high quality training in using evidence-based psychological methods of assessment and treatment as well as several intensive placements in different NHS specialities, ensuring a wide breadth of experience as well as more specialist training.

Whichever type of therapist you choose to see, it is important you ensure they are approved and registered with an appropriate professional body.