Private Practice Psychologist

Frequently Asked Questions


Central London and Online

Through weekly therapy sessions, Dr Joel can help you to overcome the difficulties you are facing, deal with life’s ups and downs, equip you with better coping strategies and help you achieve a improved sense of wellbeing. He is committed to using the best approach for each person, and tailors psychological therapies according to each person's needs and unique presentation.  

Frequently Asked Questions

When is your Private Practice open?

My private days are currently Tuesday and Wednesday. I offer morning afternoon and evening appointments,

Fees - What are your fees?

Individual Therapy - £150 Couples Therapy - £160 Coaching -Various (contact me) Letter for employer etc.- £180 (up to 2 sides) Assessment & Short Report - £360 (up to 4 sides) Medical legal work - I do not currently provide this service.

Fees - Can I pay ahead as a block?

Yes, if you are self-funded feel free to pay ahead as a block to minimse admin for you and I.

Fees- Do you accept Private Health Insurance?

As a Private Practice Psychologist, I am able to accept payment by patients' health insurance. I am an approved provider with most private health insurers including Aviva, AXA PPP and WPA. Health insurers will often cover the cost of therapy and can be invoiced directly. So this means you will not have to cover the sessions upfront. A quick phone call is often enough to find out whether they will cover your treatment cost.
Self referrals - I am happy for people to self-refer themselves if they wish. However, if you would like your health insurance to cover part /all of the fees then you may find that a report is needed from either your GP or a psychiatrist. So please check with your insurer initially as to what their criteria are. Clients with medical insurance are responsible for comfirming prior to assessment/treatment that their fees will be paid. Sometimes, insurance companies have an limit or will only part of the fees/limited amount of sessions. It is vital that you keep track of your session numbers to ensure that your sessions are covered. If any fees remain unpaid then patients are liable for the payment of the outstanding amount.

Fees - What are your cancellation charges?

When you commence therapy with me, a weekly slot is reserved for you which means it cannot be given to another patient. Therefore, where less than 48 hours’ notice is given (or if you do not attend), the session will always be charged at the full rate whatever the cause for cancellation. Please note that insurers will not cover cancellation fees/“no-shows” so these will be up to the patient to cover. Sessions cancelled with over 48 hours notice will not incur charges.

What is your approach to psychological therapy?

I specialise in evidence based treatments such as CBT and EMDR.
I am trained in a number of therapies which I have outlined here.
Amongst the therapies I offer are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Behavioural Couples Therapy

How often should I aim to have therapy sessions?

I recommend aiming for weekly sessions . This is the frequency which is indicated as optimal by much of therapy research (in terms of effectiveness).

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required depends on many factors including the nature, severity and chronicity of the presenting problem, motivation to change, environmental factors and the patient’s capacity to make time for "between session" practice. It also depends on what you hope to get out of therapy. If you have a single goal/area of difficulty, then you may only need a few sessions. Where longstanding, chronic difficulties exist, or where the client has multiple areas of difficulty, then more sessions are often needed. This will be discussed with you at the end of the assessment phase, when I have a better sense of your presenting problems, hopes for therapy and background. It's about striking the balance between providing you with enough sessions to maximise your improvement, without giving you more sessions than you really need. However, this is always agreed in collaboration with patients.

How long is a private therapy session?

A 50 minute session is regarded as a “therapy hour” and enables therapists time for session preparation/transitioning.

What is the Assessment Phase?

I will help you to make sense of your present difficulties during the Assessment Phase (sessions 1 and 2).. Using the information gathered I will provide you with a psychological formulation which helps us understand the development and maintenance of your difficulties. This is collaboratively developed and informs the treatment plan. I will provide you with education about your symptoms and provide alternative perspectives on the problems you face. I will also offer you a range of techniques aimed at helping you to overcome your problems.

Do you just focus on the present or look at the past as well?

Some therapists focus exclusively on the present. I find it more helpful, even in brief therapy, to explore the development of the problem across time (childhood, adolescence and adulthood). The focus of the “work” is often present-focused, but my approach to understanding almost always takes a developmental approach. I will help you to gain a thorough understanding of your psychological distress and why change has been difficult through a detailed in-depth assessment of your problems carried out across two sessions. This results in what we refer to as a “psychological formulation” which is essentially a framework/narrative that explains both why you difficulties arose and why they keep going.

What can I expect from therapy?

Therapy gives you the space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, habits, relationships and current circumstances in a safe and supportive space. This can be incredibly powerful and lead to all sorts of insights and changes that might not have otherwise occurred. Having a private practice psychologist to facilitate this process can be helpful. Private therapy is all about improving your emotional wellbeing, so you are able to live a satisfying and happy life. As a clinical psychologist, I will ask questions that will encourage you to take alternative perspectives and question the assumptions you may hold about yourself. I will introduce you to new techniques that I believe will help, and will assist you to find solutions to problems that are getting in the way of optimal functioning. I use a process called “guided discovery” which encourages you to find the solutions . However, I also make suggestions if I feel that this would be useful.

Are there problems you do not specialise in?

I do not work with clients under the age of 16 or those who are presenting with Personality disorders Severe mental illness such as psychosis or schizophrenia Alcohol/Substance abuse Neurological disorders Eating disorders that have become a medical issue such as being worryingly underweight or losing a menstrual cycle Self-injurious behaviours Suicidal thoughts or behaviour. Many of the above conditions are best managed by a multi-disciplinary integrated health and social team rather than an individual practitioner. I therefore do not provide talking treatments for such patients. I also do not treat individuals who present with anger issues that involve physical harm to others.

Do you only work with people with recognised mental health problems?

No. I also offer psychological support to people suffering from common life problems such as perfectionism, procrastination, stress management and low self esteem.

Is online therapy as effective as face to face therapy?

Interestingly, online counselling has now become the preferred mode of psychotherapy for many people. Many of my clients lead very busy lives and cannot easily afford the time it would take to travel to/from my clinic room. With online therapy they get to stay at home or pop into a private office thus saving an hour or so in travel time. All the types of therapy which I offer face to face can just as effectively be carried out effectively remotely. You can choose to use Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or Google for your session.
Requirements: A private space where you will not be disturbed and a good internet connection.

Do you offer coaching?

Yes, I offer career coaching to young professionals who are frustrated or disatisfied at work. Please read more about the 6 phases of coaching here.

Do you offer couple therapy?

Yes. Please read more about my approach to relationship counselling here

Tell me more about CBT

Sure. You may wish to take a look at my CBT page. I illustrate what to expect from CBT, as well as challenging some of the misconceptions about what CBT is. Read more

What steps do you take to ensure Quality Assurance?

Clinical Supervision I undertake specialist clinical supervision on a monthly basis which is part of best practice. It ensures that my clinical work benefits from the richness of an additional perspective of another highly experienced psychologist. I provide clinical supervision to other qualified psychologists as well.
Continuing Professional Development I am committed to learning and regularly undertake additional training (e.g. I recently undertook a two-day specialist course on psychological approaches to sleep disorders). Chartership The title of Chartered Psychologist is only awarded by the British Psychological Society in the UK. It is a legal title which underlines the highest standard of knowledge and expertise within the field of psychological science. To apply for Chartered Membership one must have (a) an undergraduate honours degree; (b) meet the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership the BPS; and (c) have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent), including conducting independent research to doctoral level.

What therapy qualifications do you have beyond your Doctorate?

Post-Doctorate Training EMDR Practitioner Certificate (2017), EMDR Academy Advanced CBT Supervision (2016), Kings College London Certificate in Mindfulness for Health (2015), Breathworks Certificate in Behavioural Couples Therapy (2012), London CBT Centre Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT (2010), Institute of Psychiatry.

How is a Clinical Psychologist different from a counsellor or other talking therapist?

A Chartered Clinical Psychologist is a mental health professional who has undergone a highly specialist programme of training in the psychological assessment and treatment of mental, behavioral and emotional illnesses. We do not prescribe medication to treat mental health problems, but rather use our expertise in selecting from the multitude of psychological therapies out there, drawing upon best practice. One unique feature is expertise in Psychological Formulation which is a process for helping people make sense of their problem. Here, an in-depth exploratory assessment results in an explanatory framework detailing and summarising key factors that appear to have played a role in the development and maintenance of cycles keeping the problem going. The formulation informs the treatment plan and often brings clarity to people's self-understanding.


To read about experiences of my previous clients please take a read of the Testimonials page

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More About Me

To learn more about my background, training and experience please take a look at the About Me page. You can also drop me a line. 

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Private practice psychologist therapy


provide a number of effective treatments for conditions such as anxiety and low mood

Private practice psychologist couples


I am trained in "Behavioural Couples Therapy", an effective and brief form of couples therapy which is designed to reduce couple distress/dissatisfaction

Private practice psychologist coaching


I provide a psychological coaching structure to support young professionals to gain greater satisfaction /purpose at work

Any Further Questions about Therapy? 

Drop me a line. I am happy to answer questions . Or just book a Free 15 Telephone Consultation and let's discuss your hopes for therapy.