Clinical Psychology combines science, theory and clinical knowledge to help understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote well-being and personal development.
This service includes assessment and formulation to help inform carefully planned treatment programmes. This involves a clinical interview, observation where appropriate and clinical measures to ensure a robust and reliable assessment is provided. Where required, I will produce a detailed psychological report and either provide treatment, or signpost to another more suitable treatment provider.
Anxiety & Stress
The symptoms of anxiety and stress are the same chemical reaction. Anxiety and stress are two different words to describe the same experience. Symptoms include a raised heart rate, sweaty palms and churning stomach. Anxiety is usually perceived as short term, whereas stress can last for a longer time. A cognitive behavioural approach to managing stress involves looking at the link between the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and emotions associated with stress and anxiety.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessions and compulsions are intrusive thoughts that won’t go away, or actions that have to be carried out. When they become frequent and intense and are significantly impacting on your life, then it may be Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These thoughts and behaviours are usually accompanied by superstitious or magical thinking linked to harm to yourself or others. Common forms of OCD include obsessions about cleanliness and contamination fears, orderliness linked to symmetry or fears of harm.