Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A Clinical Psychologist is a clinician providing assessment and treatment of developmental or mental health issues. The methods used by Clinical Psychologists are based on scientific research and evidence.
How can I contact you?
You can submit a referral request to us through our “New Referrals Form” on our home page: Home | Cornwall Clinical Psychology
For anything else, we can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen when I contact you?
We will consider your referral details to assess what your next steps could be moving forwards; most commonly we will recommend an initial assessment appointment which we will send you further details of. We will then register you on our systems, send out any screening measures required and book you an appointment with the clinician best-suited to you.
What should I expect when meeting you for the first time?
During an initial appointment, the Clinical Psychologist will usually ask lots of questions and discuss ideas with the client to gain a full understanding of the situation or symptoms. They will then present their ideas about the problem (a formulation) and how they might be able to help. This is known as an initial assessment. If you are happy with this then a plan will be made to meet for a set number of sessions to work on the specified goals or to book you in for a diagnostic assessment if appropriate and helpful for you.
What services can you offer?
Please visit our services page for an extensive list of the main services we can provide: Services | Cornwall Clinical Psychology
Are your diagnostic assessments accredited?
Our assessments exceed NICE guidelines and have always been accepted by schools and NHS systems.
Reports will be sent to both the school and GP, so will therefore be on health and education records.
When will I be given an appointment?
Our current waiting period is approximately 6 months. Though we aim to shorten this wherever possible, wait time depends entirely on clinician availability.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept payment through stripe.
What will you do with my details?
We take privacy very seriously and work to the highest data privacy standards
What age do you conduct ADHD assessments from?
We conduct ADHD assessments from the age of 8. Prior to this we are happy to offer parent only initial assessments to offer advice and strategies. Once the child reaches 8 years of age we are then able to carry out an ADHD assessment, if a clinician deems this suitable.
Who should I contact in an emergency?
In a crisis, please contact your GP Surgery, 111, or for urgent Mental Health concerns call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental health response line on 0800 038 5300.
Various helplines can be accessed via this link: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services
You can also access urgent support by contacting one of the following services:
Text "SHOUT" to 85258 - this will connect you to ShoutUK, a free and confidential 24/7 support service
Call 116 123 - this will connect you to Samaritans, a free 24/7 helpline
Am I able to access a prescription for medication for ADHD?
As Psychologists we are not able to prescribe medication. A GP, NHS team or Psychiatrist is able to prescribe medication. If an assessments leads to a diagnosis, and you are looking to go down the medication route, you are then able to take this to your GP or NHS team. Our diagnosis is normally well received by GP's and the NHS teams.
Do you accept Right to Choose?
No we don't currently as we don't have a contract with the NHS. However, if your health professional was interested to explore this we would be happy to discuss with them.