These are some of the most common questions that we get asked. If you’d like to know anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us – the Harley Psychiatrists team will be happy to help.
It’s usually not necessary and our psychiatrists can see you directly without a referral. We are happy to accept referrals from your GP, other medical doctors, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Please note: In certain cases some private medical insurance organisations might expect you to have a formal referral. Please check with your insurance provider in advance.
An initial psychiatric consultation aims to look into your symptoms and to understand how those symptoms developed, what different factors in your life influenced them, and what can be done to help. It will typically end with a treatment plan which may include scripts, referrals to therapists or other professionals, or follow-up appointments.
Most initial consultations are between one and two hours long, depending on your specific requirements.
It depends on your specific condition and the psychiatrist that you’re seeing, but in most cases it is possible to arrange. Contact us to discuss.
For most conditions, one appointment is enough to produce a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.
There is no single path for all individuals. For example, in many cases even without treatment, the symptoms of ADHD tend to improve over time through adult life, but in any case it can have a significant impact on people’s ability to work and maintain relationships. Therefore it’s always important, if you think that you’re having difficulties with this, to come and seek a professional assessment and treatment without unnecessary delay.
We can typically get appointments booked within one week. Depending on availability, we can also offer last-minute appointments – call us to enquire about availability.
There is no “one suits all” fee. Different experts charge individually customised fees. Certain complex issues require a highly specialised expert, and the charge can be higher with these. As a rule of thumb, an initial one-hour appointment can be in the range of £290-£450. You are advised to contact us to find out the details applicable to your specific needs.
All appointments are prepaid in advance. You will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay online.
The diagnosis and treatment plan is formulated on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the doctor or other practitioner. Our practitioners will consider your requests, but their advice is based on their objective examination, etc. The issues our practitioners deal with are in the professional domain, and specific results (like a certain diagnosis or treatment) cannot be “ordered”.
Although we can prepare reports when required, most people come to us for diagnosis and treatment and not for a report. Therefore, in order to keep the fees low, our standard psychiatric appointments include a brief appointment confirmation note which states the basic details of the initial assessment only. This may include the main diagnosis (if possible to conclude at the appointment) and any recommendations made. On average, it takes around 2 weeks from the date of the initial assessment until the report is produced, however on some occasions delays can occur.
Yes, we have various active medico-legal experts. Please contact us for details.