What is a Clinical Psychologist and what do we do? Answers to these and other questions can be found below and if you don't find what you are looking for, drop us a line or give us a call - our contact details can be found under our 'contact' link.
What is Clinical Psychology?
Clinical Psychology is a branch of Psychology that incorporates the science of human behaviour into the treatment of mental health problems. We use the scientific background and research findings to underpin everything that we do on a clinical basis, and this scientific underpinning will guide the work that we do with you.
As a minimum, a Clinical Psychologist will have completed a degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, although many Clinical Psychologists have completed more than this. Qualifications and experience are recognised by the professional body that represents Clinical Psychologists, the British Psychological Society and those Clinical Psychologists who meet all of the Society’s standards for entry to the voluntary register are granted the title, ‘Chartered Clinical Psychologist'. Statutory regulation for Clinical Psychologists is provided by the Health and Care Professions Council and all practicing Clinical Psychologists must be registered with the HCPC. You can check whether a particular psychologist is registered with the HCPC by visiting their website www.hcp-uk.org. You can also check a Clinical Psychologist is recognised by the British Psychological Society on their website www.bps.org.uk.
What treatments do you offer and how much will it cost?
We don't give you a menu of different options to choose from - everyone is different and what we will do when we meet up is to try and work out what you would like to achieve with our help. We then decide on how we are going to go about this and take things from there. Predominantly we use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, but where appropriate your therapy will draw upon theory from a number of different areas. It's what makes our approach tailor-made for you.
In terms of cost, our hourly rate starts at 115 pounds, although if you are on a reduced income, we may be able to offer a discount on this. Costs may be covered by your health insurance so its worth checking whether or not you are covered. We are a recognised provider of Clinical Psychology therapy with the main health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, PruHealth, AVIVA and Cigna. Please give us a call to see if we work with your provider.
Do I have to come to you or can you come to me?
We come to you, usually at your home. If not, we can meet you wherever you want. Depending upon what it is you want to talk about and how comfortable you are being in public, there are few limits to where we can meet.
How long will my appointment be?
We would anticipate that your initial appointment would be no longer than an hour or so, but it is up to you - you are in the driving seat.
What geographical areas do you cover?
As we are based in south Cambridgeshire it makes sense for this to be our core area! Having said that, our broader area encompasses the East of England and the South East including London. We also have some patients in the East Midlands. As we are based in the Cambridge area, we are well-placed for transport links east, west and south, but we have also provided psychological opinion and assessment internationally and our location benefits this as it places us close to all major London Airports.
Who do you take referrals from?
We welcome self referrals from individuals and recommend that you give us a call to discuss the difficulties that you may be having. We also welcome referrals for assessment, opinion, recommendation and intervention from Case Managers, the legal profession and other Allied Health Professionals. Additionally, we have experience in areas including medico-legal work following road traffic accidents, criminal conviction and assessments required for legal process such as appeals. Some of this work has been international.
Why are you called Meridian Psychology Cambridge?
We looked for a name that reflected our core geographical area, hence 'Cambridge'! But what you may not realise is that the Greenwich Meridian (the imaginary line where east meets west) runs straight through the East of England, and is just down the road from where our office is based.