Frequently Asked Questions

What are Dr Karim's qualifications?


Dr Karim is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. She studied medicine at Guy's, King's and St Thomas's medical school, University of London and completed her specialty training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in London and Surrey. To read more about her qualifications please click here.




Does my child need to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?


A psychiatrist is a medically-qualified practitioner who will have spent 5-6 years training as a doctor. He or she will then have worked as a doctor in general medicine and surgery for at least a year. He or she will then have had at least six years of further training in helping people with mental illness and psychological problems. Core skills of psychiatrists include the diagnosis of mental illness, use of a range of psychological treatments and the use and prescription of medications. Psychologists have a degree in psychology. Chartered Clinical Psychologists are not usually medically-trained, but have undertaken a long and robust training following their psychology degree. They are primarily concerned with the study of how people think, act, react and interact. If you are not sure whether your child needs a psychiatrist or psychologist, please feel free to book a free 30 minute phone discussion with Dr Karim by clicking here and she will do her best to advise you.




Can I speak to Dr Karim before booking an appointment?


Yes, if you are considering booking an appointment, Dr Karim offers a free initial telephone discussion to help you decide if she is the right professional to help your child. This can be booked through this website by clicking here.




How quickly can my child have an appointment?


To see Dr Karim's availability for a free of charge phone discussion (or to book one online), please click here. Alternatively, please contact us. To see Dr Karim's availability for a face-to-face appointment (or to book one online), please click here. Alternatively, please contact us.




What ages of children does Dr Karim see?


Dr Karim sees children and young people aged from 9 years to 18 years.




Where and when are Dr Karim's appointments?


Dr Karim offers appointments in lovely consulting rooms in Esher and Guildford. The rooms are warm and friendly and do not 'feel' clinical. The full addresses are: - Guildford (Brighter Spaces, 54 Quarry St, Guildford GU1 3UA) - Esher (Esher Groves, 13-17 Church Street, Esher KT10 8QS) For more information on Dr Karim's clinic venues, please click here. She is also able to offer follow-up consultations via Videoconference if requested. She typically offers a clinic in Esher on a Saturday morning and a clinic in Guildford on a Tuesday morning and Friday evening. If these are not convenient for you, she may be able to offer an alternative time- please contact her for details.




What is Dr Karim's cancellation policy?


Dr Karim understands that life with children can be unpredicatable and offers a full refund for all appointments cancelled with a minimum of 72 hours notice. Those cancelled with less than 72 hours notice will be charged in full.




How does Dr Karim accept payment?


Dr Karim accepts payment online by debit or credit card or by bank transfer. If you are booking a paid appointment online, you are able to pay with debit or credit card at the time of booking the appointment. If you phone or email Dr Karim to request an appointment, you will be sent an invoice with details of how to pay online or bank account details for payment by bank transfer. Payment is due in advance of each appointment. Dr Karim is also registered with the major insurance companies and, if you are funded by private insurance, will bill them directly.




Does Dr Karim accept payment from private medical insurers (e.g., Bupa, Aviva)?


Dr Karim is registered with the majority of private medical insurers including BUPA, Cigna, WPA, Vitality and Aviva. Please note that Dr Karim does not work with AXA PPP. If your child is covered by private medical insurance and you would like to see Dr Karim, please confirm with your insurance company that they will cover an appointment with her before booking your appointment. The private medical insurance information that Dr Karim will request from you in order to book your appointment is: - The name of the main policy holder - The address of the main policy holder
- The name of the insurance company and the policy number
- The name and date of birth of your child
- The authorisation code/ claim reference number




Can Dr Karim offer talking therapies?


Dr Karim is practiced in talking therapies and is able to offer them to her patients if required. However because her appointment slots are frequently fully booked, she normally recommends that patients see a psychologist for talking therapies and see her for medication reviews and prescriptions. She is able to recommend suitable psychologists.




What happens in a typical initial appointment?


Each appointment runs slightly differently depending on factors such as the condition being treated and the age of your child. However, in general, Dr Karim will speak to you and your child together, then will spend some time speaking to your child individually and finally will discuss and agree a treatment plan with both you and your child together.





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