People in the United Kingdom pay more than anyone else in the world for their professional services. A licensed psychotherapist in the UK can charge more than $300 for a 30 minute session, but can it be worth the expense? As a qualified and licensed psychologist or social worker, you should be aware that the fees you are paying for will reflect your quality of care. If you are seeking therapy as a way to reduce or eliminate your trauma and anxiety, you should expect to pay less than someone who is looking for the same objective in the same setting but in a different country. Let me explain this further.
In most countries, therapists receive a fixed amount of fees for every hour of therapy. This is called a “therapy fee,” while there are variations across countries as to what that fee actually is. Generally, in the United Kingdom, therapists are paid a set amount of fees per session for general health and social care. In some cases, however, they are paid by the month, quarter or year.
Most people don’t see a therapist on a regular basis. If they do, then the sessions they have may be longer than 30 minutes. In that case, “therapy time” is not necessarily synonymous with “medical treatment.” The term “therapy time” can mean several different things, including face-to-face contact, telephone calls, or scheduled television sessions. Some therapists prescribe medication as part of their treatment, but this is not considered medical treatment and is not covered under most insurance plans in the United Kingdom.
For the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to assume that therapy in the UK takes the form of one on one or group therapy. When an individual seeks therapy, they typically go to a psychologist or social worker’s office and discuss their problems with them. The therapist will ask questions about their personal history, life goals and aspirations, and problems they have encountered and are currently dealing with. The therapist will then develop a treatment plan for each individual according to the needs that each person has. In many cases, the treatment takes place over a four to six week period.
Even though “therapy time” can mean different things to different people, the majority of psychologists and social workers agree on the following criteria for determining the cost of therapy:
In group therapy, the minimum total cost of care for each individual during treatment is set. Group therapy usually involves at least two psychologists or counsellors. The minimum total cost of treatment is usually much lower than if a therapist was to take care of each patient on their own. Individualized clinical psychologists or counsellors are especially valuable in helping children, teens and adults with mental health issues. Many professionals agree that it’s much easier to get help from a specialist when that person is a family member or friend.
Most therapists working in the field of mental health agree that there is a difference between licensed and unlicensed psychologists. Licensed psychologists are required to obtain certain licenses before practicing. Unlicensed psychotherapists are generally referred to as “life coaches”, “counselors” or “life mentors”. While life coaches and counsellors may be trained in the basic aspects of psychology, they are not typically licensed psychologists.
When considering a career in clinical psychology, you should first evaluate your current financial situation and begin to explore the various possibilities available to you. If you have access to resources that are required for research or further study, you may be able to earn your PhD in clinical psychology. For those who do not have this type of availability, there are other alternatives. Many clinical psychologists choose to take on short online courses, complete an internship or volunteer their time. There are also a number of private tutoring services that can help graduate students earn a dissertation on advanced topics in clinical psychology.