Community Health Psychology Service

The service provides for the psychological needs of adults and their carers whose emotional or mental health problems are either caused by a physical health problem, thought to be making it worse or making it hard to manage.

Although able to offer assessment and agree therapy plans with patients still in hospital, the service mainly works alongside the primary health care team providing therapy for outpatients. We provide advice and support for direct care staff and GPs if required.

Who are we?

The Psychologists who work in the service are experienced Clinical and Health Psychologists who provide mainly Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

How we might help you

We aim to apply our psychological knowledge to help individuals, couples and families face the impact of a frightening diagnosis, an accident, or a long-term illness. Whether you are trying to learn to live with a disability or suffer acute symptoms we will help you mobilise and use your psychological resources to the full. We will try to help you to find ways to reduce your distress and enhance your sense of being in charge of how you feel.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) helps by reviewing some of the person’s beliefs which may be making life hard and encouraging a step by step and experimental approach to finding solutions to problems.

In CBT for health problems, particular attention is paid to your :

  • Beliefs about your health and the effectiveness of your treatment.
  • Your sense of being at risk of further problems and
  • Your confidence that you can make any necessary changes to lifestyle, relationships or behaviour are also important.
  • The mixed feelings that make it hard to cope with life as it is now, with rehabilitation or to stick to your treatment.

Greater understanding of your feelings about your illness and its consequences may produce a greater sense of choice and control. People often report positive effects on key relationships and an improved feeling of well-being.

Living Well with Pain

The challenge of living with chronic pain is often a very hidden one. We noticed that not only can you not "see" chronic pain, it is also difficult to easily find the information and resources that could be of help. For this reason we have put together a web page which we hope will help: www.sabp.nhs.uk/livingwithpain

We have included a range of information from recommended reading material to potentially useful web sites and local resources.

What to expect

You will be sent an appointment for an assessment interview and you may be asked t fill in a few questionnaires. By the end we would hope to have a clear understanding of the psychological issues and an agreement between the therapist an agreed approach for reaching them.

Confidentiality

Much of what you discuss with your psychologist or counsellor can remain confidential between you. However we do have a keep in touch with your doctor and others who may be helping you about anything that might affect the overall plan for your treatment. If you have any concerns about confidentiality please raise them at your first session.

Contact details

To find out how to get referred to us or for more information, please contact us.