What happens when I make contact?
"Μαρία" will ask you briefly what has lead you to your enquiry. Then if you wish to proceed with an appointment, our receptionist will make an appointment with you, explain the fee arrangements, give location directions, and answer any further questions you may have. We may also ask for some of your contact details so he can get in touch with you if needed.
What happens in my first session?
I do a lot of listening and asking questions, to understand your situation and get a good picture of what is going on for you. Towards the end of the session we come up with a plan together based on your goals and needs from therapy.
Is everything I say confidential?
There are ethical codes in place protecting the privacy of communications between client and psychologist. I can’t share any information from your sessions, or even confirm you are a client of mine, without your prior consent. The only situations where this rule does not apply is where there is a risk to yours, or others safety, in which case I may need to involve a third party, and in the case of a file being subpoenaed under a court of law.
How long is a session?
Sessions last 50 minutes in duration.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions for therapy depends on the nature of your difficulties and the goals you and Monica agree upon. Some issues can be resolved in a session or two, but usually therapy involves a greater number of sessions. In any case, the frequency and number of sessions are always open to review.
What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a registered psychologist?
Clinical psychologists have specialised training in the assessment and diagnosis of mental health problems and the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological problems. They are trained in the delivery of a wide range of psychological therapies and approaches with demonstrated effectiveness in treating mental health difficulties. Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication. They are specialists in applying psychological theory and scientific research to resolve clinical problems across the lifespan.
Training as a clinical psychologist requires a four year undergraduate degree in the science of psychology followed by four years of postgraduate training, consisting of an accredited two year Masters degree or three year Doctoral degree plus a registrar program of supervised practice to bring the total length of training to eight years. This involves training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health and psychological problems across the life span and education in the research basis of the profession, along with the undertaking of a significant research project in clinical psychology. Only psychiatrists have a similar level of specialised training inental health.