Dr Lynne Korte

Frequently Asked Questions

How often are the sessions?
Sessions are held on a weekly basis and are 50 minutes in length. I have at times had clients ask if they can come fortnightly but in my experience, this leads to a disruption in the momentum of the therapy and invariably results in the work taking longer. I understand the demands many individuals have on their time and therefore offer telephone or skype sessions if required.

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How many sessions will I need?
The length of therapy can vary greatly depending on the needs of the client. CBT is considered a short-term treatment and usually takes between 12 and 20 sessions whereas longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy can take anywhere from 6 months to a few years. During the first session we will discuss the issues the client would like to address, which therapeutic model fits best for them and the length of time the therapy will most likely take.

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What are the fees?
Fees depend on a number of factors such as whether you are self-funding or have a private health insurance. Please contact me for more information regarding fees for:

Individual sessions
Skype and telephone sessions
Couples sessions

Fees must be paid on the day by cash or card or can be paid in advance by bank transfer.

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What if I need to cancel a session?
I require 24 hours notice for cancellations or the full fee will be charged.

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Will my insurance cover the sessions?
I am registered with most insurance companies including Bupa, Aviva, AXA PPP, Vitality Health, Cigna, WPA and Healix. Fees vary for individuals paying through insurance and are negotiated according to the policy of the insurance company. Please contact me to discuss any questions you may have regarding fees and insurance.

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What if my insurance company is not listed here?
Registration with insurance companies is usually quick and simple. If you are with a company not mentioned above please get in touch with me. I would be happy to register with the company in order to provide you with my services.

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What do I need from my insurance before I see you?
Each insurance company is slightly different so please contact them before we meet to discuss the process. They will usually provide you with a pre-authorisation code or claim number and will let you know how many sessions are covered

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Do I need to see my GP before I see you?
If you will be using your insurance to pay for the session, a GP referral may be required by the insurance company before issuing you with a claim number. This is not always the case so please contact your insurance for more information. If you are self-paying you do not need a referral from the GP.

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Can you prescribe medication?
I am not a medical doctor and therefore do not prescribe medication. You will need to see your GP or a psychiatrist if you require medication. However, as part of the therapy we can discuss whether you may need medication, any side effects you may be having and I can support you in stopping the medication if and when you feel ready to do this.

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How do I choose the right psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor?
Finding a professional to see for therapy can be a very daunting experience. There are many websites advertising people offering therapy services and in any given area there will be at least a handful of psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors. So how do you choose the right person? The titles ‘Psychotherapist’ and ‘Counsellor’ are often used interchangeably. There are several different training routes an individual can take in order to advertise themselves as a psychotherapist or counsellor and they can train to work with individuals, couples or families and in different models such as CBT or psychoanalytic therapy. It is important to talk to the therapist about what they offer to make sure this is the kind of therapy that will fit well with you. An important note is that the titles ‘psychotherapist’ and ‘counsellor’ are not legally protected and therefore can be used by anyone no matter how little training they have completed. It is essential to check the professional's credentials to ensure they registered with a professional body and fully qualified to practice.

Finding a psychologist is usually easier as the title ‘psychologist’ is legally protected and therefore one cannot use the title without having completed the required training and being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as preferably with the British Psychological Society (BPS). In order to gain registration with these professional bodies the individual needs to complete a Doctoral (or equivalent) degree in Clinical or Counselling psychology. This usually entails a minimum of 6 years of training in working with individuals, couples and families using a variety of models such as CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Systemic therapy, Interpersonal therapy to name a few. Clinical Psychologists also train in administering assessments such as cognitive assessments, personality assessments, forensic assessments and in research and service design and delivery.

Once deciding on the professional you would like to see, it is important to have an initial assessment session where you can talk about difficulties you are facing and get an idea of what the therapist can offer. It is important that you have a good client-therapist fit and that you feel comfortable with the individual as this will allow for a more open and productive therapy process.

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