Seeing a psychiatrist for the first time will understandably make many people feel anxious. However, it will almost certainly be easier than you would imagine. We provide a relaxing and safe environment to allow discussion of your concerns. You will not feel pressurised or hurried. We will do our best to help you feel supported throughout.
At the initial appointment (usually an hour) there will be a thorough assessment of your problems, a treatment plan proposed to help manage your symptoms and the recommended next steps discussed with you. You may, if you wish and if appropriate, bring a friend or relative with you into the consultation room.
All meetings are confidential. Usually we keep your GP informed of your care with us, but if you prefer your GP not to be sent a copy of your report, please let us know.
Sometimes further investigations and tests are recommended and may include referral to another professional, such as a therapist, who will be able to provide specific therapy. Sometimes, follow-up reviews with Dr Sauer are arranged at appropriate intervals, to allow ongoing support and treatment until there is recovery. Follow-up appointments are usually half an hour, although longer appointments are available if necessary.
Dr Sauer sees adult patients. He does not see paediatric patients under 18 years of age.
Dr Sauer does not tend to see patients whose main complaints are Addictions, ADHD/ADD or Eating Disorders.
Dr Sauer welcomes referrals from GPs. However, this is not always necessary and we do accept self-referrals too. We will often ask for some basic information if you are new to the practice to help make sure we can help.
If you have any specific questions or concerns on visiting one of our clinics, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Prescriptions and Payment
Dr Sauer can issue private prescriptions if you are likely to benefit from medication, or we can contact your GP to request an NHS prescription. First prescriptions are included as part of your first consultation, but repeat prescriptions are charged at £45.
Payment for appointments is in advance and can be done over the phone via most of the major credit cards or via BACS.
Private Health Insurance
If you have private medical insurance and your insurer has agreed to pay for your treatment, please have your authorisation code ready to provide to us when booking your appointment.
Patients with private health insurance, may be able to claim the costs of their treatment from their health insurance provider. Normally a referral letter from your GP will be required to do this. Please contact your health insurance provider direct to confirm whether your treatment would be covered.
We accept self-funding and privately insured patients
Online Initial Consultation (1 hour) £450
Online/Telephone Follow-up Consultation (30 mins) £225
Face to Face Initial Consultation (1 hour) £450
Face to Face Follow-up Consultation (30 mins) £225
Home visitation fee (on request) + £250
Repeat Prescriptions £45
Dr Sauer works closely with a number of highly regarded therapists. If you require psychological help or talking therapies, we can arrange sessions with a suitable therapist. Therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, hypnotherapy, drama therapy, art therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), addictions therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, anxiety management or anger management.
If there is a Mental Health Emergency
Dr Sauer provides an outpatient mental health service only. We always try to respond in a timely fashion the same day, but we do not provide emergency care.
In an emergency if you require urgent help, please either call your GP or telephone the emergency services on 111 or 999
You can also try to find your local NHS crisis number here.
Dr Sauer is registered with the
The following national helplines can provide further advice with common mental health issues.
Family Matters, tel: 01474 537 392, www.familymattersuk.org
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC), tel: 08451 221 331, www.rasasc.org.uk
Mankind UK, tel: 01273 510 447, www.mankind.org.uk
ALCOHOL, DRUG AND OTHER ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS
Alcoholics Anonymous, tel: 0800 9177 650, www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Battle Against Tranquillisers, tel: 0117 966 3629, www.bataid.org
Council for Information on Tranquillisers and Antidepressants (CITA), tel: 0151 932 0102, www.citawithdrawal.org.uk
Cocaine Anonymous, tel: 0800 612 0225, www.cauk.org.uk
Drinkline, tel: 0800 917 8282
Narcotics Anonymous, tel: 0845 373 3366, www.ukna.org
The National Drugs Helpline, tel: 0800 776 600, www.talktofrank.com
Rehab 4 Addiction Helpline, tel: 0800 140 4690, www.rehab4addiction.co.uk
Rehab 4 Alcoholism, tel: 0800 111 4108, www.rehab4alcoholism.com
Re-Solv, tel: 01785 810 762, www.re-solv.org
Co-dependents Anonymous, www.coda-uk.org
Overeaters Anonymous, tel: 07000 784 985, www.oagb.org.uk
Sexaholics Anonymous, tel: 07000 725 463, www.sauk.org
Workaholics Anonymous, www.workaholics-anonymous.org
ANXIETY / PHOBIAS / OCD
First Steps to Freedom, tel: 0845 120 2916, www.first-steps.org
OCD Action, tel: 0845 390 6232, www.ocdaction.org.uk
Anxiety Care, tel: 020 8478 3400, www.anxietycare.org.uk
National Phobics Society, tel: 08444 775 774, www.phobics-society.org.uk
No Panic, tel: 0808 808 0545, www.nopanic.org.uk
Child Death Helpline, tel: 0800 282 986, www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care, tel: 0844 477 9400, www.cruse.org.uk
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, tel: 0844 561 6855, www.uk-sobs.org.uk
Adfam, tel: 020 7553 7640, www.adfam.org.uk
Al-Anon, tel: 020 7403 0888, www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Families Anonymous, tel: 0845 1200 660, www.famanon.org.uk
Gam-Anon, tel: 08700 508 880, www.gamanon.org.uk
Carers UK, tel: 0808 808 7777, www.carersuk.org
CHILDREN / YOUNG PEOPLE
Papyrus, tel: 0870 170 4000, www.papyrus-uk.org
Childline, tel: 0800 11 11, www.childline.org.uk
DEPRESSION / MANIC DEPRESSION
Association for Post-Natal Depression, tel: 020 7386 0868, www.apni.org
Bipolar UK, tel: 0333 323 3880, www.bipolaruk.org
Samaritans, tel: 116 123, www.samaritans.org
Beat — Eating Disorders Charity, tel: 0808 801 0677, Youthline tel: 0808 801 0711, www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Age Concern, tel: 0800 009 966, www.ageconcern.org.uk
Alzheimer's Society - 033 150 3456 https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
The Silver line - 0800 4 70 80 90 https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/
FAMILY / RELATIONSHIPS
Relate, tel: 0845 130 4016, www.relate.org.uk
PSYCHOSIS / SCHIZOPHRENIA
Rethink, tel: 0845 456 0455, www.rethink.org
PTSD (POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)
PTSD UK https://www.ptsduk.org/
Seasonal Affective Disorder Association, tel: 01903 814 600, www.sada.org.uk
Ex-Service Mental Welfare Society, tel: 01372 841 600, www.combatstress.org.uk
Mind, tel: 0845 766 0163, www.mind.org.uk
Sane, tel: 0845 767 8000, www.sane.org.uk