Frequently Asked Questions
Are online sessions as effective as face to face sessions?
Due to the corona virus pandemic, we at Compass Psychology are offering all sessions online at present. We often get asked whether this will be as helpful as our normal face to face meetings so we went to the research to answer this question for you. A comprehensive review and a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-based psychotherapeutic interventions in 2008, assessed over 9000 clients in 92 studies and found that online therapy is as effective as face to face therapy (for more details click here). This has been supported by many empirical research studies since, which have shown the effectiveness of online therapy is equivalent for many types of problem, including depression and several different anxiety disorders. There is a good blog article from Psychology Today entitled “Does Online Therapy Work?” which contains links to some of these research studies and also outlines the benefits and drawbacks of online therapy.
What do you charge?
All sessions are currently online due to the corona virus pandemic. The charges below apply to online sessions from April to June 2020.
Individual therapy sessions of 50 minutes cost 85€
Extended therapy sessions of 80 minutes cost 130€
Couples therapy sessions of 50 minutes cost 100€
Couples extended therapy sessions of 80 minutes cost 150€
School Readiness testing packages costs 750€
All sessions starting at or after 4pm have a 10€ surcharge.
You will receive an invoice to pay by bank transfer.
At present, KELA does not offer rebates for psychology services, although this may change in the future. In some cases your insurance may cover the costs of therapy sessions with a psychologist and we can help fill in any paperwork you may require.
How do I make an appointment?
You can can email us at email@example.com or fill in the form on our contact page.
Alternatively phone us on +358 44 9445717. Please leave a voicemail if we are not able to answer the phone immediately. We will not respond to missed calls without a voicemail message. You are welcome to also text to this number. We are happy to answer any questions you have prior to making an appointment to help you determine if we are the right service to meet your needs in a pre-appointment phone call.
What is Clinical Psychology?
Psychologists study the way people feel, think, act and interact. Clinical psychology uses science, theory and clinical knowledge to better understand, prevent, and reduce psychologically based distress and to promote well-being. Clinical psychologists receive six to nine years of training in psychological assessment, clinical formulation and therapy. They may work in research, teaching, forensic psychology or therapy settings. In Australia, endorsed Clinical Psychologists complete a Masters’ Degree or combined Masters/PhD in Psychology and undergo two further years of supervised training in a registrar program. In the UK, Clinical Psychologists complete a Clinical Doctorate. Currently Finland does not have a Clinical Psychology training program and there are very few clinical psychologists working in the country.
Our psychotherapeutical approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including aspects of this such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy, as well as Solution Focused Therapy.
Why should I see a psychologist?
A psychologist can give you expert advice and help in changing your behaviour or understanding your life situation. Psychologists study all aspects of human behaviour, including the development of people from infancy to old age, social and educational aspects, work behaviours, cultural influences, and neurobiology, as well as psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety. Therefore psychologists can help you both in a crisis (such as severe depression) and with a more long term dilemma (such as long term recovery from anxiety; work stress; relationship issues; parenting; etc…), due to their indepth understanding of normal human behaviour over the entire lifespan. Unlike psychiatrists, who are medical doctors specialising in mental health disorders, psychologists can also help people who are not in mental distress. For example, they can help you to live your best life when you are better and recovered, and help you prevent a relapse, or they can help if you are just curious about how you could thrive more in your life. Psychologists aim to use the latest scientific knowledge when providing advice and also aim to be highly collaborative in the process, offering clients the chance to question and understand why a particular treatment may be suggested.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral and are welcome to contact us directly to make an appointment. You may also be referred by a doctor or other professional.
What can I expect from my first session?
You will be asked to fill out a form with some background information. You will also be asked to read and sign a consent form which outlines the conditions of treatment and your rights to confidentiality.
After this, the first question may be “What brings you here today?” You will then have the opportunity to tell your psychologist the reasons you are seeking therapy and what issues you would like to work on. We will discuss your goals and what you hope will be different in your life as a result of coming for therapy. We are likely to talk about your current situation and personal history as well as your future ambitions. Psychologists work in different ways depending on the type of therapy offered, so the exact questions may differ. In all cases, you should expect a therapy atmosphere that is safe, caring, professional, respectful and non-judgemental.
You will discuss future appointments and a treatment plan in session with your psychologist within the first few sessions. All appointments will be made at a time convenient to both yourself and the psychologist.
How long does therapy last?
Therapy can last from one session to twenty or more sessions in a single year. In general, most people gain benefit from short term therapy by attending between 4 and 16 sessions in a three to six month period. You may wish to attend weekly, fortnightly or less frequently. In some cases you may end therapy but return to it many months or years later.
Are my sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is very important for building a trusting relationship with your psychologist. All the information shared with your psychologist is kept confidential except if there is a risk of you or someone else getting hurt. There may also be times that sharing information with other professionals involved in your care may be helpful to coordinate treatment. However we would only share this information if you give us written permission to do so.
What if I need to cancel a session?
If you need to cancel a session please contact us as soon as possible, and at least 24 hours before your appointment time. Cancellations within less than 24 hours will incur the full fee for the session.
Do you do school readiness testing in English?
Yes, we can conduct testing and assessment and write a psychological report regarding the readiness of your English-speaking child for school in Finland. Initially we will meet you for a single session to describe the process, then we will conduct tests with your child and make visits to their pre-school/ nursery, before writing the final report. The full cost of the package is 95 € for the initial session plus 750 € for the testing package.