Our services are commonly self-funded by individuals seeking therapy or private organisations. If you are self-funding our services and costs are detailed below. We also are registered with a number of private healthcare insurers. If you have private health insurance please notify us when arranging an appointment.
This can be a cost-effective option if you are not sure if we can help, without committing to pay for a full initial face-to-face assessment. The telephone consultation will take place with our clinical psychologist for a maximum of 10 minutes and must be scheduled in advance. To arrange a convenient time please call 0121 517 0322 or email us at email@example.com
In order to book a full face-to-face initial appointment with a clinical psychologist, please call 0121 517 0322 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will then shortly be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time. Please note, to provide our clients with the most efficient service we ask self-funding clients for a £20 deposit to be paid to confirm your booking. We accept all major credit/debit cards and PayPal and this can be paid securely through our website. This deposit will be refunded at your first appointment. The deposit is non-refundable in the event that you cancel (and do not reschedule) or fail to attend without notice.
If you require a professional report for occupational, medical or legal purposes, please liaise with the psychologist at your assessment to discuss options and to receive an accurate quotation. Requests for proof of engagement or brief supporting letters (e.g. for Personal Independent Payments, Human Resources, Occupational Health etc) are charged at £15 and should be requested directly to your psychologist.
Dr Laura Onens (our clinical psychologist) is a licensed provider and trainer of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HeartMath) techniques. Laura is able to train and supervise registered professionals e.g. in healthcare, education, social care to use HeartMath in their organisations or with clients. Laura is also able to provide 1:1 HeartMath-focussed stress management to clients as appropriate.
This stress management programme is used widely in health care organisations, corporate organisations, educational settings and by individuals. HeartMath is focused on aiming to help individuals regulate the heart and brain relationship. The heart and brain maintain a continuous two-way dialogue, each influencing the other’s functioning. The brain sends signals to the heart (e.g. during stress) which initiates increased heart rate and nervous system function. At its most extreme this is described as 'panic'. The heart also sends signals to the brain which can prolong a "stress-response" and influence perception, emotional processing and memory. Due to a number of hormones (e.g. adrenaline, cortisol) being released during the stress response, a prolonged physical response to stress can lead to physical health problems in addition to mental health difficulties.
HRV biofeedback allows clients to see the communication between their heart and brain through a simple sensor clipped to the ear to monitor the signals. Then through coaching, individuals learn to regulate this communication to "override" the signals that are reinforcing the stress response. HeartMath has a growing scientific evidence base for helping to reduce anxiety, panic, depression, anger, post traumatic stress and a number of associated health conditions e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, cognitive difficulties (to name a few). It is also popularly used by athletes to improve sports performance and has been introduced in educational settings and corporate settings to reduce performance anxiety, examination stress, burnout, resulting in increased productivity and performance. It is theorised that it is the ability to tangibly see and monitor the effectiveness of using self-regulation techniques that contributes to the success of this programme. If you require training or supervision for using HeartMath in professional practice then lease contact us for a quotation.
Are you an individual or organisation with a bespoke requirement? We also offer professional services e.g. training, supervision, professional reports and specialist advice. Please contact us for further information.