Frequently asked questions
What should I expect from a psychology session?
The first few psychology sessions will focus on finding out more about you and what you are hoping to work on in therapy. During these sessions you and your clinician will work to develop a shared understanding of what may have led to your difficulties and what might be keeping them going (known as a psychological formulation). This understanding will be used to create an individualised treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Once a formulation has been developed, psychology sessions will focus on helping you to move forward by overcoming the obstacles that may be keeping you "stuck". Sessions will often involve agreeing on between therapy tasks to help you continue to make positive changes outside of the therapy setting.
How often are psychology sessions?
It is recommended that sessions occur weekly to start. As you make progress in therapy there is flexibility to drop to fortnightly or monthly sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
This can vary depending on a number of factors including how long you have been struggling for, the severity of your struggles and how ready you are to make changes.
As a general guide, the National Institue for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends:
16-20 sessions of CBT-E for binge eating
Up to 20 sessions of CBT-E for bulimia
Up to 40 sessions of CBT-E for anorexia
However, if you have milder eating or body image difficulties you may require fewer sessions.
If you are limited to a certain number of sessions due to personal reasons or financial constraints let your clinician know and they will work within this.
Will I receive a diagnosis?
We work with anyone with eating or body image difficulties regardless of whether they fall into diagnostic categories. If you would find a formal diagnosis helpful this can be assessed and provided if appropriate.
Payment can be made via bank transfer. You will be invoiced by email at the end of the week in which your session occurred and payment is required within a week of receipt of your invoice.
Private health insurance
Unfortunately, we do not currently accept private health insurance referrals.
Please note, there is a strict cancellation policy in order to offer a timely and effective service. If you cannot make an appointment that has been booked in, please get in touch as early as possible and we can happily rearrange this for you. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, regardless of reason, you will be charged the full session fee.