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- Assessment within 1 month
- One on One Expert Allocated to You
- Full admin support from our team from day 1
- Highly Qualified Doctors
- Report including Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
- Medication arranged same day for you (where necessary)
- Follow Up Appointments Scheduled Around You
- Liaising with your NHS GP
- Ongoing Support
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you self-refer to a private psychiatric assessment in the UK?
Yes, you can self-refer if you would like to get a private psychiatric assessment at our psychology clinic in London. You can also refer friends and family members to our clinic.
You do not need a GP referral to book an appointment with any of the Blue Tree Clinic private psychiatrists. It is common for our patients to self-refer. To book a private mental health assessment with us, you can self-refer by emailing email@example.com or filling out the contact form on our ‘Contact’ page.
Can a private psychiatrist diagnose you?
Yes, the private psychiatrists at our London therapy clinic can diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medications to help treat your condition.
Your private psychiatrist will learn about your mental health condition by asking you a series of questions as part of the mental health assessment during your first appointment.
They will then give you a diagnosis based on the information you tell them about your mental and physical health.
Your psychiatrist will work with you to make an action plan for your treatment moving forward. You will be able to discuss treatment options, including medication and therapy, with your psychiatrist once they have diagnosed you.
How do I prepare for a private psychiatric assessment?
You are not required to do anything prior to attending an appointment with one of our private psychiatrists in London.
However, if you would like to, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
It can be helpful to get clarity on your current experiences by making a list of the symptoms and problems you have been having. Think about how these symptoms have been impacting your daily life.
Try asking yourself questions like are there things I used to enjoy that I can no longer do? What kind of situations do I avoid?
Keep your list and answers in mind when you attend your private assessment with your psychiatrist.
Do psychiatrists always prescribe medication?
Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors, which means they have the ability to prescribe you medication if they think this would benefit you.
However, although psychiatrists can prescribe medication, this doesn’t mean that they always do. Psychiatrists can also help you through talking therapy.
At our private psychiatry clinic in London, we believe that medication can be very helpful for many patients but acknowledge that it is not always needed. Your private psychiatrist will consider your specific symptoms and experiences and will take this into account when deciding whether to prescribe you medication or not.
You will be able to work with your private psychiatrist to develop your specific treatment plan by expressing any thoughts or concerns you have.
How often should you see your psychiatrist for meds?
How regularly you see your private psychiatrist for medication and prescription refills will depend on several factors. You will probably need to visit your psychiatrist more regularly if you are trying a new medication or are having problems with your current medication.
Seeing a psychiatrist regularly (every few weeks) is a good idea if you need to have frequent monitoring to see how well your body is responding to a particular medication.
If you have been on a certain medication for a long time without side effects, you may only need to see your psychiatrist every few months for prescription refills. However, remember that the private psychiatrists at our London therapy clinic can also offer you non-medical support, such as helping you talk through your problems.
More Details About Private Psychiatric Assessment
What does a private psychiatrist do?
The Blue Tree Clinic is a private psychiatry clinic in London made up of a small, experienced, friendly team of mental health professionals. You can attend an appointment with one of our private psychiatrists in London either in person at the Blue Tree Clinic or online from the comfort of your own home.
Every day, we talk to people with vastly different struggles and concerns. Our staff will always provide you with a relaxed and non-judgmental environment.
During your first session, your psychiatrist will talk to you about your life in general, including your career and relationships. They will also ask you about your mental health, any medical symptoms you have been experiencing, how long you have been feeling this way, and what kind of impact it has had on your life.
Your psychiatrist will then explain the medication options that might work best for you specifically. They may also suggest you take advantage of the additional therapy and counselling services we offer at our private therapy clinic. Talking to a psychologist as well as a psychiatrist can be a great way to manage your mental health holistically.
If needed, your psychiatrist may also order physical tests to help you get a clear picture of what is going on in your body and the best treatment pathway to take.
Many people avoid getting help from private psychiatrists and psychologists because they are afraid of being judged or of discussing painful emotions. We know that reaching out to a psychiatrist can feel daunting. That’s why our private therapy clinic is here to offer you a safe, relaxed environment when you are ready to take the next step.
Which issues are addressed by private psychiatric treatment?
Our private psychiatrists in London can help you with most mental health conditions, including:
- Addiction, such as gambling, gaming or drug or alcohol misuse
- Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic pain
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders, such as insomnia
You may want to see a private psychiatrist if you are currently experiencing one or more of the problems listed below:
- A low mood that doesn’t go away
- Constant negative thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
- Difficulty remembering information
- Difficulty winding down, relaxing or getting to sleep
- Feeling constantly jumpy or on edge
- Feeling like people want to harm you
- Frequent anxiety, worry or fear
- Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t really there)
- Intentionally hurting yourself
- Intrusive thoughts about hurting other people
- Overwhelming stress levels
- Struggles with body image and eating
- Struggles with gambling, gaming or other addictions
- Suicidal thoughts
A psychiatrist is often a helpful choice when your mental health condition is severe, sudden, complex or difficult to diagnose. You may also benefit from talking to a private psychiatrist if you don’t feel like you are responding to the treatment offered by your GP.
What are the benefits of seeing a private psychiatrist?
There are many ways attending an appointment at our private therapy clinic in London could help you. For example, a private psychiatrist is able to:
- Provide clarity or insight into your mental health condition. This is especially helpful when it is complex or has been difficult to diagnose. A psychiatrist can help you find answers to what you are experiencing.
- Offer you help beyond therapy alone. For some individuals, talking therapy is not enough to relieve them of all of their symptoms. A psychiatrist is able to prescribe you medication in addition to helping you talk through your concerns.
- Assess your physical health as well as your mental health. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, which means they are able to order physical tests to help gain a better understanding of your condition. Sometimes, psychiatric symptoms can actually be managed by treating an underlying medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder.
- Develop a treatment plan. Your psychiatrist will work with you to make a plan for managing your mental condition in a way that works best for you. They may prescribe medication, offer advice on lifestyle factors and/or refer you to other health professionals.
- Lift the burden. Talking to an unbiased, qualified and understanding mental health professional, like a private psychiatrist, will help you feel less alone and more in control of your condition. Just knowing that you are supported and that there is someone by your side can feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
How does a private mental health assessment work?
We offer mental health assessments at our private therapy clinic in London. A mental health assessment is a conversation that you have with your psychiatrist.
It will take place during your first appointment so that the psychiatrist understands your situation and can help you decide what treatment options will work best for you.
During your mental health assessment at our London private clinic, your psychiatrist may ask you questions about:
- The problem that brought you in to see them
- Your day-to-day life
- Your thoughts and feelings
- The ways in which your mental health has been affecting your physical health – including behaviours like self-harm and food restriction
- Your situation at home – including who you live with, how much support you have and whether anyone else is depending on you for their care
- Any medications you are taking – including how regularly you take them and how well they are working for you.
Please note: a mental health assessment is not some kind of “test,” it is simply a way for your psychiatrist to get a clear picture of how they can help you best. You don’t have to talk about anything you’re not comfortable bringing up. However, the more you can share, the more your psychiatrist will be able to understand and help you.
At the end of your mental health assessment, your psychiatrist may give you a prescription for medication. They may also recommend other treatment options, such as counselling with one of the qualified psychologists at our private clinic.