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FAQs

Get answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

General Questions

How soon can I see someone?

We try our best to see everyone within 7 working days for all specialties. Unless you have private health insurance in which case we would have to get an authorization from them.

Are you affiliated with the NHS

No, we are a completely independent mental health service. We are not attached to any large corporation either.

How much will it cost?

Psychiatric and Psychological assessment and treatment will be discussed with you on a case by case basis. At The Oaktree Clinic we pride ourselves in offering a tailored experience to help you achieve optimal well-being and as such we do not operate a ‘one size fits all’ package of care.

Ultimately the cost will depend on the specialty and complexity of the case, usually a psychiatry initial appointment would be starting from £250 and a psychology one from £100 onwards. As children’s and older adult memory assessments are longer these will cost more.

For further information, you may want to visit our fees page.

Is it possible to keep my psychiatric history confidential and not to write to my GP after the appointment?

It is usually advisable to keep your GP involved in your care however if you request for the clinic letter not to be sent out to any third party then this is possible.

What are you able to offer as a team?

We offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients suspected to have general psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia. We also have specialist expertise in diagnosing and providing pharmacological and psychological treatments for Neuropsychiatric and Eating disorders.

We offer psychotherapy in accordance with the NICE guidelines for the psychiatric disorders mentioned above as well as psychological and psychiatric sequelae of trauma including PTSD.

Click here to view all our services, in brief we offer treatments for the following:

  • Depression, anxiety
  • Alcohol problems, addictions
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder
  • ADHD
  • Memory problems, dementia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Children’s mental health problems

What do psychologists do?

They assess your emotional wellbeing, issues, and psychological trauma and how these may affect your life. They then, in discussion with you decide if you require therapy to resolve these issues and if so the form and length of therapy that would be appropriate.

What do the psychiatrists (doctors) do?

The role of the doctors can be varied but routinely, they assess your mental health related issues, current and past, make a diagnosis if present and develop a treatment plan based on these that could include medical treatment if required, referral for psychological assessment and therapy, sign posting you to the right services if required and provide information regarding your own issues.

What is a Psychologist?

A Psychologist is different from a Psychiatrist and is an expert in human behaviours, thoughts and emotions. Our psychologists can help with a variety of mental health difficulties and emotional problems.

Our Services

Can the doctors provide private prescriptions?

Yes, definitely. There maybe an additional charge for this service.

Can the Psychiatrists (doctors) & Psychologists provide medico-legal/ court reports?

Yes, some of our most experienced psychiatrists & psychologists have worked in the medico-legal field, provided reports and worked as expert witness in court for years. It would be best if you could instruct your solicitor to contact the clinic by email: oaktreelegal@oaktreeclinicmidlands.co.uk to get more information.

If a solicitor/ legal secretary rings then best to refer them to us as answering their queries may be complicated. They could email us on the above email as well.

How long can the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorder last?

It is impossible to define a time scale for the treatments. This would depend on the disorder, whether there are any treatments that are known to be beneficial according to the research evidence. A medical assessment and diagnosis would usually be possible in one or two 1 hour appointments however psychological therapy can require several sessions over months.

I require a report about my mental health issues for (any) purpose of my employment, can this be done by one of the doctors in Oaktree?

We are able to provide occupational health reports for employers and employees. Dr White who leads our Occupational Health Service has more than 30 years of experience in this field.

What are Eating disorders?

Eating disorder is characterised by abnormal attitude towards food that causes the sufferer to change their eating habits and behaviours. The people who suffer from eating disorders may be preoccupied with their weight, eating and shape leading to them making choices that are unhealthy.

The commonest eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (food restriction and attaining unhealthy weight), bulimia nervosa (binging and purging food), binge eating and eating disorders not otherwise specified (some but not all features of eating disorders).

What is neuropsychiatry?

As the name suggests, neuropsychiatry is at the interface of psychiatry and neurology, with considerable overlap. It deals with mental disorders which originate from brain dysfunction due to functional or structural abnormality.

What Psychological therapies do you offer?

  • We offer the following:
    Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Inter Personal Therapy
  • EMDR to treat psychological trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Compassion Focused therapy
  • Supportive counseling
  • Dance Movement Therapy
  • Relationship Counseling

What sort of therapy would I need?

That question is a difficult one to answer before having met with you to discuss your individual needs. Our Psychologist would first arrange to meet with you to discuss your difficulties and advise you as to the most appropriate and effective treatment. This decision would draw together your expert knowledge of yourself and your needs, together with our expert knowledge of psychological treatments and practice.

Together we will form a treatment plan and take it from there. For example, the evidence states that for difficulties such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a Cognitive Behavioural approach to treatment has shown to be highly effective in reducing symptoms. However, trauma difficulties have been shown to respond well to EMDR treatment. All available and appropriate treatment approached will be discussed with you in detail at assessment.

Which disorders would a neuropsychiatrist treat?

There are a wide variety of psychiatric disorders overlapping with neurological disorders that a neuropsychiatrist can diagnose and treat.

This list is by no means exhaustive: epilepsy with non-epileptic attack disorder, pre and post-ictal psychosis, sleep disorders, developmental disorders, adult ADHD, movement disorders, Huntington’s disease, acquired brain injury with behavioural problems, neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.

Visiting our clinic

Can we bring our child/ children?

Yes, however if the children have to be left outside the consulting room then they would have to be supervised by an accompanying adult.

Do you work on weekends and evenings?

Yes we try to be as flexible as possible with appointment times. We work from 9am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. We are closed on Sundays.

Is there car parking space available?

Our own parking spaces are limited however there is free one hour street parking available on Frederick Road from 9am to 6pm and the street parking is free after 6 pm and weekends.

Where is the clinic?

We are in a central location in Birmingham; about 4 minutes walk from the Five Ways Station and 5 minutes from the Five ways junction/ Broad Street in Edgbaston, South Birmingham. Our address is:
52 Frederick Road,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham,
B15 1HN

Healthcare professionals

Are you looking for new consultants?

We welcome enquiries from healthcare professionals wishing to join our vibrant and innovative team. Please get in-touch to discuss the options available.