Insight CBT

Professional Support for Personal Change & Recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

What can CBT help with?

  • Depression/low mood
  • Bipolar mood disorder
  • Anxiety / fear
  • Panic
  • Phobias 
  • Presentation anxiety
  • General anxiety
  • Worry, stress
  • OCD
  • PTSD and distressing life experiences
  • Social anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Body image difficulties
  • Relationship issues, including communication difficulties, couples problems
  • Anger
  • Self-confidence
  • Perfectionism
  • Childhood trauma
  • Abuse / bullying
  • Alcohol,drug problems and other addictive behaviours
  • Habit disorders eg: hair pulling, skin picking, tics etc.
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Coping with physical health challenges
  • Eating disorders - binge eating, weight management


Who has to refer me to you?

You can contact me directly.  Your GP or your private health / insurance provider can also make a referral.  Your health or other insurance company may suggest you find a suitable therapist, in which case you can contact me directly.  See contact page for details.


What about confidentiality?

The details of what we discuss in our sessions remains confidential between us.  The only exceptions to this is if, in the unlikely event, I am concerned that you may be a risk to yourself or others, I may need to inform other agencies.  I would however discuss this with you before taking any necessary action.  Please feel free to ask more about this if you have any concerns.

As an accredited therapist I am required to have regular clinical supervision and will discuss some of my cases to ensure the quality of my work is of a high standard and to discuss any concerns, however the names and personal details of the cases will not be disclosed.


Does my GP have to know I am seeing you?

No we don’t have to inform your GP about your treatment.  However it can be helpful if your GP is aware of any treatment you are having.  We can discuss this further to address any concerns you may have.  Please also see FAQ ‘What about confidentiality?’ for further details.


How long will I be seen for?

This can be anything from 1 to 20 sessions (this can be exceeded if you have more complex issues).  The average number of sessions is usually between 4 and 10.  Each person is an individual and we will do our best to ensure your treatment is time-efficient to limit the cost to you.  The more you are able to put new learning into practice between each session the quicker your improvement will be.  We will have regular reviews every 4 sessions to ensure that treatment is on track and in line with what you want to achieve.  This is something that we can discuss anytime and I will always invite you to say how you are finding the sessions.


Where and when can I be seen?

Sessions take place in Harefield near Uxbridge and Rickmansworth.  The location is easily accessible by car or bus (U9, 331).  There is plenty of parking on the quiet no through road outside the premises.  Appointments are offered Monday to Friday 09:00 - 19:00 and on Saturday 09:00 - 12:00  (subject to availability).

How much will CBT sessions cost?

Sessions cost £70 per one hour session.  Some EMDR sessions may require up to 90 minutes and prices will reflect the time taken.  Cancellation of a session within 24 hours of the appointment will incur a 100% late cancellation fee.

Payment is by cash or cheque on the day or via BACs by prior arrangement.

If you are being funded by health or other insurance arrangements then these prices will be in accordance with the contract I have with each company and they will pay be directly.


What does ‘accredited’ mean and why is this important in choosing a therapist?

I am a BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists) accredited therapist.  This means that I have had extensive approved training and practice in CBT treatment.  This includes 450 hours of study on a recognised training course and must include 200 hours taught by recognised trainers and 100 hours of skills training.  Before they can be accredited they must have completed 200 hours of supervised client work.  At the other end of the spectrum workers can attend a brief CBT training and say they are providing CBT, so it is advisable to ask about the training they have had.  

The BABCP demand a high standard of practice from their accredited therapists and this includes regular supervision, professional development and ongoing training and re-accreditation demonstrating this every 5 years.  Choosing an accredited therapist ensures that your therapist is well qualified, experienced and adheres to the highest professional standards.  Professional standards can be viewed on the BABCP website: