Frequently Asked Questions
What do you charge?
Individual therapy sessions of 50 minutes cost 90€
Extended therapy sessions of 80 minutes cost 135€
School Readiness testing packages cost 750€
You can pay this amount in session via credit or debit card (with email receipt) or 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.
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 90 € for the initial session plus 750 € for the testing package.
How do I make an appointment?
You can phone us on +358 44 9445717. Please leave a voicemail if we are not able to answer the phone immediately. We will return your call as soon as possible during working hours and within a maximum of 24 hours. 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.
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.
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.