What to expect from your initial session with a psychiatrist

The first session with a psychiatrist is an important step towards addressing any mental health concerns or issues you may be facing. During this session, the psychiatrist will take time to listen to your concerns in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment.

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Any comprehensive psychiatric assessment requires a full understanding of your background history, including your family environment when growing up, childhood, employment and relationship experiences, gaining an understanding of your social support systems, medical and medication history as well as any current difficulties.

Some individuals’ histories are more complex than others and require more time. In these circumstances further time may be required and further fees may be incurred. Whether this is arranged as an immediate extension to the current appointment or as a separate follow-up appointment at a different time can be agreed with your practitioner based on mutual availability.

Once a booking has been made a video appointment confirmation will be emailed to you. This email will contain some further information in relation to the assessment. On the day, simply follow the provided link to the virtual appointment.

Overall, your initial session with a psychiatrist is an opportunity to receive a comprehensive assessment and discuss your concerns, and develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. The psychiatrist will be there to support you every step of the way, providing you with the tools and resources you need to achieve better mental health and well-being.

A face to face assessment can be arranged on request at our clinic near Winchester.

All Talkmind doctors are GMC-registered medical practitioners who have undergone extensive training.


ADHD Assessments include a standard psychiatric assessment as well as a set of additional questions. We therefore allow for up to 90 minutes rather than the standard 75 minutes

ADHD is a complex condition, and should not be considered as a standalone diagnosis. Many individuals with ADHD may also experience other psychiatric conditions and only through a full, thorough and holistic assessment can clarification on diagnostic formulation be reached. Further to this, a full psychiatric assessment is required as symptoms of other conditions can mimic symptoms of ADHD.

If an appointment for a standard psychiatric assessment is made but the clinician and you agree a dedicated ADHD assessment would be beneficial then an additional fee of £200 may be charged to perform the extended assessment.