You can make an appointment by contacting us via phone on 01732 836320, via email or via our contact us form. All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence. Our office hours are 9:00 to 17:00. Appointments are offered Monday to Friday.
These are some of the questions most commonly asked by patients. If the answer to your question isn’t here, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We offer appointments at a variety of locations in London and across the South East. Please see our clinic locations page for details of where clinics are held and directions.
Private Psychiatry is a private practice and full details of our fees can be found on this website. Patients with private health insurance, such as BUPA, may be able to claim the costs of their treatment from their health insurance provider. Normally a referral letter from your GP will be required to do this. Please contact your health insurance provider direct to confirm whether your treatment would be covered and to obtain an authorisation code for treatment.
We aim to see all our patients as quickly as possible and do not run a waiting list. We are normally able to offer appointments within one to two weeks, often sooner depending on the location of the appointment. Occasionally, appointments are available at very short notice, and on the same day in emergencies. Initial appointments must be undertaken face-to-face, but follow-up appointments can be undertaken over the telephone and may also be available at short notice. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
We are able to offer appointments to young people aged 16 and above, but regret that we are unable to accept children under this age as patients.
Many patients are referred to Private Psychiatry by their GP. However, this is not always necessary and we also welcome patients who come direct to the practice.
We understand that some of our patients may be anxious about consulting a psychiatrist, and some may have never consulted a psychiatrist before. All of us at Private Psychiatry are committed to making all our patients feel comfortable when visiting one of our clinics.
The initial assessment is always for one hour, and at this appointment, the consultant will ask you about your background, family circumstances, employment, physical and mental health record and about your life in general and discuss the issue you are concerned about. The consultant will provide a diagnosis and then discuss with you a course of treatment, if appropriate. This may take the form of medication and/or specific therapies such as talking therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or hypnotherapy. If the consultant thinks you will benefit from further appointments, he/she will discuss this with you and at what intervals appointments would be most beneficial to you. It may also be appropriate to refer you to another mental health specialist who can provide further specialist support. The consultant psychiatrist will discuss this with you if it is felt this would be beneficial to your treatment. Each case is different.
All patients receive a Treatment Plan tailored to the diagnosed condition and to the individual, a prescription for any medication if required and a written report which serves as a record of the appointment. The report, with your agreement, can be sent to your GP. If you would prefer your GP not to be sent a copy of your report, please just let us know.
Our Patients’ Guide and What to Expect page on this website give more information on visiting the practice. If you have any specific questions or concerns on visiting one of our clinics, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Yes. We want our patients to feel comfortable when they come to our clinics. If you would like to bring a spouse, partner, other relative or friend as moral support to your appointment, they are very welcome. It’s then up to the patient whether that person accompanies them to the consultation or waits with a coffee in the waiting room.
We ask that patients who are aged under 18 are accompanied by a parent or other adult to the practice.
All our consultant psychiatrists have undergone extensive training in the specific forms of therapy they deliver and are registered with professional bodies, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the General Medical Council. Our consultants have their areas of specialism, but they are also able to diagnose and treat a wide range of other mental health conditions, many of which are detailed on our Mental Health Conditions page. If you would like to discuss whether we are able to help, please contact us.
Full details of our current fees can be found on our Fees page. We ask that all fees are paid in advance of the first appointment. Payment can be made via most major credit cards (except American Express). Our consultants are also recognised by many major health insurance providers.
Yes, our consultant psychiatrists can provide private prescriptions for medication to patients of the practice.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry, the study of mental disorders and their diagnosis, management and prevention. As psychiatrists are qualified doctors, they are able to write prescriptions for medication.
Psychologists deal with the way the mind works, how people think, act, react and interact. Psychologists are not usually medically qualified and are therefore unable to write prescriptions.
Should our psychiatrists feel that it would be appropriate for you to see a psychologist as part of your treatment, we will recommend one to you.
Read more about the differences between a psychiatrist, a psychologist and other mental health professionals.