FAQ

 

Q. How can I be referred for a psychiatric assessment?
A. You can be referred in several ways: by a GP, a clinical psychologist. You can also refer yourself by emailing me directly using box on the right/bottom if you are using mobile device. 

 

Q. Do you prescribe medications? 

A. Yes, I'm a medical doctor and if you need I can prescribe you tablets.  

 

Q. Can you give me a prescription if I require medication? 

A. I can provide a private prescription on the day or if you prefer I am happy to write to your GP to advice on best medication so he can provide you with an NHS prescription. 

 

Q. How long do appointments last? 

A. An initial assessment lasts at least 1 hour. If you have complex issues or an eating problem, are pregnant or just had a baby more time may be advisable. We can agree that in advance when you book your appointment, so you are not rushed. 

Follow up appointment is at least 30 minutes.

The frequency with which you will need to see me will vary depending on problem and will be discussed at the appointment. 

 

Q. What times can I come see you? 

A. I offer day time and evening appointments. Send me your preferred week day and time along with your name, phone number and/or email address and I will get back to you with my availability.

 

Q. Can you refer me for psychological therapies?

A. I can refer you to a clinical psychologist or if your private health insurance requires, I can provide you a referral if needed.

 

Q. How much do appointments costs? 

A. 1 hour appointment, for initial assessment is £340; if 1h and 30min is required it is £380. A 30 minutes follow up appointments is £240, 1hour follow up is £260 and 1h30min £300. 

Fees for legal or court reports depend on complexity of problem and are discussed on individual basis.

You can pay cash or cheque or paypal (this will be arranged in advance and deposit may apply). We can also make arrangements for bank transfers prior to the appointment. 

 

Q. Do you work with private health insurances?

A. I currently work with AXA-PPP, Aviva, Simplyhealth, VitalityHealth/Pruhealth and WPA. This may change so please check on booking an appointment. 

 

Q. Do you offer Skype sessions?

A. Yes I do skype sessions for both assessment and treatment. Prices are the same as above. Total or a deposit to be paid prior to the session. 

Q. How much do teaching and training sessions costs?

A. Contact me with your needs and I will provide an estimate. 

 

Q. Can I have appointments in other languages?

A. Appointments can be in English or Portuguese. 

If required, an interpreter can be arranged in advance. Fee may apply. 

Q. What if I cannot attend a booked appointment?

A. Should you find you are unable to keep an appointment, it is important to give as much notice as possible. If I am unable to attend, I will do the same. We will re-schedule as soon as possible.

 

Q. If I missed an appointment do I still have to pay?

A. If an appointment is missed without notification or you do not give 48 hours notice or arrive late, you will be liable for the full cost of the appointment. This also applies if you are using health insurance, but you will be liable for the full cost.

 

Please contact me below if you require further information or to book an appointment.

 

I will get back to you within 48h, working days, exceot during holiday periods.

You can also contact directly on:  catia.acosta@nhs.net 

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Some of feedback from former patients and their families:

 

"Thank you for helping me during this hard time. My family are very grateful too." Lucy, Anorexia Nervosa (AN)

 

"I wish I had come to see you earlier. Thank you." James, Anxiety

 

"You made a difference in my life. Thank you for not letting me give up." Maria, Post natal depression and sleep difficulties

 

"Our family are all very grateful to you and you should be proud of what a fantastic job you are doing." Jane, mother of AN sufferer

"Thank you! I have seen many psychiatrist in my life but never connected to one like you. You really care about me and my mental health, I feel it and it makes a big difference. Thank you again!" Rachel, Bipolar  affective disorder