Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment?
This is simple, either contact the therapist directly or if you are not sure who may be most appropriate for your needs, please contact the Clinical Lead who will be happy to advise you.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist and counsellor?
Psychiatry is a medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who have chosen to specialise in psychiatry. This means they can prescribe medication as well as recommend other forms of treatment.
Clinical psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders. Some of the more common disorders that might be treated include learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Clinical Psychologists have undertaken extensive training in the field of mental health and will have completed doctorate level training.
Psychotherapy is a term used to describe a range of talking therapies and covers the approaches and methods used within each type. It is this broad usage which has led some professionals to use the titles psychotherapist and counsellor interchangeably. It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner. It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries, and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders, Psychotherapy can help you discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you. In some cases, couples or families are offered joint therapy sessions together.
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy and without judgment. They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have and help you develop understanding and insight into your behaviours and feelings. In some cases just talking can help but a counsellor may also be trained in particular therapy approaches to meet your concerns and needs.
Do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
Many of the clinicians do offer evening appointments and some also offer weekends. Please contact the clinician directly to discuss your needs with them.
How do I organise payment?
If you are self-funding then payment is usually taken at the end of each session. However, it may be that your clinician is happy to provide an invoice after a certain number of sessions, please check with them in advance.
How can I be sure that my clinician is qualified and accredited?
All of the therapists working at Prometheus Psychological Therapy Centre are registered with their own professional body. You can check their credentials by searching for their details on the internet. Furthermore, all the clinicians will have Professional Liability Insurance, will undertake continued professional development training and have regular supervision.
What is family therapy?
Family therapy can help those in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts/ emotions safely, understand each others experiences and views, appreciate each other needs, build on family strength, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and lives. ‘Family’ means different things to different people; not just family members (parents/ children/ cousins) but also any group of people who care about each other, including friends, carers and work colleagues. All of these can use family therapy to help to understand and support each other. Family therapists can also see people individually, as well as couples.