The service provides for the psychological needs of adult patients 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.
The Psychologists who work in the service are experienced Clinical and Health Psychologists who provide mainly Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
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) 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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your family doctor, consultant or other health professional with whom you are in contact may refer you to the service which is mainly provided at:
WEST SURREY / NE HANTS
Community Health Psychology Dept, Horizon Centre, Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7LX
Tel: 01483 443704
Fax: 01483 443533
Appointment times are by arrangement and a local map will be provided with your appointment to help you find us by care or public transport.
We are a small service. Appointments are not double-booked and they are usually for an hour. If you have to cancel because you are unwell on the day of your appointment, please give us as much notice as you can.
If you can give us even a few hours notice we will always try and give the appointment to someone else.
If you can give us a day or two’s notice we can always fill appointments.
If you can give us a daytime contact number we may be able to offer you an earlier or extra appointment if someone cancels.