Dr Trish Berko
Hello, my name is Dr Trish and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Welcome to my page; thank you for making the time to stop by, and please congratulate yourself for taking the first step towards seeking help.
My area of speciality and interest is Health Psychology; that is the intersection between your physical health and your emotional health, and how they both influence each other to either enhance or detract from your sense of well-being. I am also able to work with common mental health concerns.
Regardless of the problem we are working on, and the psychological approach I use to help you deal with your problem, I am always sex-positive, LGBTQ-friendly, kink-friendly, and aware of the impact of class, culture, race and gender on an individual from any background.
I offer free discovery calls of up to 15 minutes to give you an opportunity to talk to me, briefly describe the problem you want to work with, and any other therapy-related issues, to help you decide if you would like to proceed to an assessment with me.
Currently I am offering telephone and virtual therapy only (Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp video call).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within a variety of NHS and statutory mental health services for almost 20 years, and I have been a qualified psychologist for 13. I have been trained in and have experience of delivering a variety of psychological approaches/therapies, including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Systemic/Narrative Therapy.
I am registered with both the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Physical health, health problems, chronic pain
Discovery call: free for up to 15 minutes
Assessment fee: £90-120 for 50-90 minutes
Therapy fee: £80 for 50-60 minutes
Mondays; 12pm-6pm (last session of the day finished by 7pm)
Thursdays and Fridays; 12pm-7pm (last session till 8pm)
Saturdays; 12pm-3:30pm (last session till 4:30pm)
What to expect at your first session
Your assessment meeting will last 50-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of your problem(s), and we may need 1-2 assessment sessions. Your assessment will help me to present you with a rough guide to the number of therapy sessions I think you will benefit from, and the most appropriate psychological approach for your difficulties (this is not set in stone, and if you feel that you would like to terminate therapy before the end of our agreed contract, or you wish to extend your contract, then you are free to do this, within reason). Of course, you are the expert in you, and if you have thoughts about what you need or what would be most helpful for you, then we can discuss this.
Once we have agreed a number of therapy sessions, we will meet at a frequency that we both agree on, which is usually once every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the stage of therapy (it's generally weekly in the beginning). Each therapy session is 50-60 minutes, which will depend on what you bring to discuss each appointment, or any between-session tasks I have asked you to complete.
While I am happy to conduct therapy without informing your GP, I will always take your GP's details at the start of therapy, and I will inform you if I am so concerned about your risk to yourself and/or others that I will need to break confidentiality, and speak to them. I will take notes, particularly during an assessment, which are to help me think about you and your difficulties, and which will be kept in a secure location between sessions. I have a clinical supervisor who I may discuss your case with, without using any personal identifying information (having a supervisor is a requirement for all practising therapists). If you have any concerns or further questions about confidentiality, please raise these in your discovery call with me.