Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are doctors trained to diagnose and treat mental, behavioural and emotional disorders.

All our consultant psychiatrists either work or have worked as consultant psychiatrists in the NHS. They are all on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

How it works

No matter which psychiatrist you see in the first instance, they will develop a treatment plan for you and will then refer you to a therapist if that’s appropriate. Your consultant psychiatrist will also prescribe medication where relevant.

Good to know

Unlike other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and counsellors, psychiatrists must be medically qualified doctors who have chosen to specialise in psychiatry. This means they can prescribe medication as well as recommend other forms of treatment.
After assessing your condition, the psychiatrist may prescribe medication or recommend other treatments, such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The number of times you need to see a psychiatrist and the length of each appointment will depend on your circumstances.

Psychiatrists may also provide psychological support for people with long-term, painful or terminal physical health conditions.
Psychiatrists typically cost more than a psychologist because of their medical background. For a full list of prices, see our fees page.
Speak to our sensitively trained client services team for info on your individual needs. Generally, when deciiding whether to see a psychiatrist or psychologist one consideration is whether you are likely to need medication or not. If you will need medication, then it’s very important to be assessed and treated by a psychiatrist, though you may also need to see a psychologist for talking treatment as well.
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