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At Clear Sky Therapies, you can be assured of a sensitive and caring approach, initially focused on deciding what support you may be most appropriate to help.
Long-term NHS and private experience working alongside mainly clinical psychologists. Focused on mental health, developmental, intellectual and a range of other difficulties.
David Walton is a Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist with two decades of experience working with a broad range of people.
The comprehensive assessment and diagnostic options available are assessments of:
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Complete confidentiality when you speak to me.
It is vital that when seeking formal assessment for Autism Spectrum Conditions and ADHD that these are conducted using industry recognised and accepted assessment tools and methods. The tools used within my work fulfil formal diagnostic criteria as dictated by the NICE Guidance (2010) for Autism and NICE Guidance (2018) for ADHD.
The assessment process involves formally recognised assessment tools and psychometric testing necessary for all the developmental conditions listed above. The formal diagnostic assessment is complex and comprehensive which is necessary to ensure a conclusive outcome and will include:
All diagnostic assessment will be handled confidentially and respectfully and careful consideration will be taken to ensure there is a significant clinical reason for undertaking such assessments. All this will be decided and discussed at an initial screening assessment.
Important note regarding private assessments
I’m always mindful that the private route can be costly. It’s understandable that people will therefore wish to shop around. I would advise though that it is very important however, to make sure that the clinician / service chosen has sufficient qualifications, knowledge and experience and uses the appropriate assessment tools that will constitute an official diagnosis.
The NICE Guidelines for Autism (2014) and Autism Act (2009) stipulate the necessary requirements:
In both my private work, and more often in my current ADHD & Asperger’s NHS work, I encounter private assessment reports that lack necessary rigour and robustness necessary. Regrettably, some of these are subsequently rejected by GPs and specialist services.
A full diagnostic assessment will take approximately seven hours to complete including administration and report/letter writing. To make costing simpler, I’ve detailed prices below with assessment package prices:
Full Asperger’s Assessment with comprehensive report – £750
Full ADHD Assessment with comprehensive outcome report – £750
(Please note, if you do come for an initial screening (£165) you will be entitled to a 5% discount from the full assessment cost should you agree to engaging with a diagnostic assessment with Clear Sky Therapies). Payments can be made in cash, debit and credit cards, or by bank transfer. Payment must be made before the start of each appointment.
I generally recommend a follow-up appointment approximately two months after a diagnostic assessment which gives people the opportunity to address any questions, and discuss the impact of diagnosis / outcome. It is common for a diagnostic outcome to cause varied, sometimes unexpected emotional responses which benefit from space to consider further. This is not included in the assessment package, but generally felt to be very valuable.