Frequently asked questions

Mental Health

Good mental health can be defined as a state of physical, emotional and social wellbeing. If someone is mentally healthy they are able to cope with the ups and downs of day to day living, whilst having the energy to lead active lives, achieve personal goals and interact with others.
If you find yourself struggling with the demands of day to day life, thinking, speaking or acting out of character, experience a persistent low mood or loss of enjoyment from life, suffer from feelings of worthlessness and suicidal thoughts, or begin exhibiting unpredictable, reckless and erratic behavior you may be suffering from a mental health condition.

Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are doctors who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. They have a medical degree, as well as a number of years spent doing specialist psychiatric training. All our psychiatrists have very considerable experience in assessing clients and preparing reports. We will work with you to match you to one of our doctors with the most suitable experience.
Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders and their diagnosis, management and prevention. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry.

Psychology is the study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behavior and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying such behavior. Psychologists will have a degree, however may not be medically qualified.

Psychotherapy is conducted with individuals, groups, couples and families. A psychotherapist may be a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional, who has had further specialist training in psychotherapy. Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits.
Some people believe psychiatrists are immediately ‘psycho-analyzing’ them whenever they meet. This can make people feel under pressure when they meet a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists do not analyse people in this way. Psychoanalysis is only done by specially trained psychotherapists in a proper therapeutic setting which a patient has agreed to.

 

Assessment  

Our psychiatrists normally travel to your home for the initial assessment. This allows you to speak with the doctor in a setting comfortable to you. If it is not possible to be assessed in your home, please call us to discuss arranging consultation rooms.
We can normally offer an appointment within 2 weeks of your enquiry. Our clients often find it is easiest to arrange an appointment for evenings or weekends. We can accommodate these at no extra cost.
The initial assessment is a one hour appointment, where the psychiatrist will talk with you about your background and current situation. What is discussed can vary from person to person. Often, the psychiatrist will ask you about your birth and development, family history, your education and employment and any medical or psychiatric history etc. If there is anything you do not wish to discuss, just let the doctor know.
After the initial assessment, the psychiatrist will produce a short report outlining their opinion. The report serves as a record of your meeting and it is up to you how you want to use it. It will not appear on your NHS record. Please contact us to discuss beforehand if you think you will require a more detailed report.
Yes, if you wish to have a friend or family member present for your consultation, please just let the doctor know.

 

Pricing

We have a set fee for the initial assessment, which includes a full consultation.  Following the initial assessment, further consultation is payable at an hourly rate. There may be additional costs if a full written report is required, if there is substantial background reading of medical records required, and depending on your location, travel costs may also be involved. Please contact us on 0141 334 5538 to obtain a quote.
We currently accept payment by debit card, cheque, or bank transfer. Payment must be received in full prior to confirming an appointment date.

 

Privacy

No. Everything you discuss with our psychiatrist is confidential. If you want to show your written statement or report to your GP or other health professionals you are free to, however we will not liase with anyone else without your explicit permission.

Other Services We Offer

Please contact us for an appointment or to discuss your requirements

What Our Clients Say

“I would say I was very pleased with the service. I sought a report at very short notice and the report was prepared and provided a whole day before that deadline. Much appreciated.”
EM, Glasgow, Solicitor
“Thank you very much.  I am impressed by this speed, and very grateful for it too.”
CM, Glasgow, Solicitor
I can always rely on the professional & caring approach offered by Independent Psychiatry to my clients. I can also depend on the high quality of the reports, which allows me to complete my work with confidence.
Louise Melia, Melia Legal
I can always rely on the professional & caring approach offered by Independent Psychiatry to my clients. I can also depend on the high quality of the reports, which allows me to complete my work with confidence.
Louise Melia, Melia Legal
I am very pleased with the service Independent Psychiatry provide. The reports are detailed; helpful and in language I can understand. All I need to do is call and they can tell me the position with the request for the report. It is with their reliable assistance that I am able to do this type of work.
Jackie Harkins, The Glasgow Law Practice
I am very pleased with the service Independent Psychiatry provide. The reports are detailed; helpful and in language I can understand. All I need to do is call and they can tell me the position with the request for the report. It is with their reliable assistance that I am able to do this type of work.
Jackie Harkins, The Glasgow Law Practice
As a criminal defense solicitor working within a busy office it’s important that I can rely on a professional and efficient service. Thankfully, that is exactly the level of service I get week in, week out from Independent Psychiatry. I would thoroughly commend their proactive approach and friendly manner when dealing with my clients cases.
Paul Mullen, Livingstone Brown
As a criminal defense solicitor working within a busy office it’s important that I can rely on a professional and efficient service. Thankfully, that is exactly the level of service I get week in, week out from Independent Psychiatry. I would thoroughly commend their proactive approach and friendly manner when dealing with my clients cases.
Paul Mullen, Livingstone Brown
Independent Psychiatry take the difficulty out of finding private work. They always have work available for me depending on my circumstances. I can rely on administrative support from their superb admin team which is crucial in doing this type of work. Payment is delivered promptly on a monthly basis meaning I don’t have to chase up solicitors, this is taken care of by the administration staff.
Dr Aaron Sam, Private Work
Independent Psychiatry take the difficulty out of finding private work. They always have work available for me depending on my circumstances. I can rely on administrative support from their superb admin team which is crucial in doing this type of work. Payment is delivered promptly on a monthly basis meaning I don’t have to chase up solicitors, this is taken care of by the administration staff.
Dr Aaron Sam, Private Work

What We Do

Our professional, hard working team strive to deliver the highest possible standard of assessment and care, as well as customer satisfaction. We are rapidly expanding throughout the UK due to our commitment and ability to deliver high quality and comprehensive services to our clients.
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Independent Psychiatry has built its reputation on providing comprehensive, efficient and reliable services for buisnesses across Scotland. We offer assessment, managment advice and full psychiatric reports in line with up-to-date local and national guidelines.
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In any one year, 1 in 4 British adults will be affected by a mental disorder. We take pride in our friendly, confidential and professional service. We offer advice, assessment and management for all your mental health needs and our experts have experience in a wide range of areas.
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