Do I need a referral?

A referral letter from a GP or psychiatrist is not a must; however, it is highly preferable. Most people find it very helpful to see a GP about their mental health difficulties so that any potential physical or medical causes for their mental health difficulties can be assessed properly and treated if necessary. GP’s and psychiatrists will also be able to make appropriate decisions regarding medication, should this be required. A GP/psychiatrist will be able to provide a referral to a psychologist of your choosing, or will recommend an appropriate service if you are unsure. If you do not have a GP or do not wish to see a GP prior to attending Marsden Clinical Psychology, please mention this in your initial phone call to our service and we will discuss your options with you.