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Clinical Psychology

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 disorders

Anxiety disorders

This includes panic, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can take many forms, from mild symptoms of heart rate increasing, to frequent panic attacks. Everyone experiences anxiety at times, but when it becomes a problem, it can be difficult to know how to stop or control it. Following an assessment, I will help you to develop a tailor made treatment programme including a psychoeducational approach for understanding and managing your own anxiety and how it is impacting on your life.

Depression and low mood

Depression and low mood

Sometimes the pressures of life can impact significantly on mood, and it can be difficult to pick ourselves up without some support. The first signs and symptoms of depression, whether it is mild, moderate or severe, are sleep and appetite disturbance. Willingness to engage in normal activities may reduce, and the enjoyment associated with these. Negative thinking, low self-esteem and lethargy can also accompany these symptoms. It is helpful to seek advice, an assessment and the appropriate treatment if the symptoms do not improve after a couple of weeks.

Mindful eating

Eating disorders

Eating disorders can present in a number of different ways. If you are restricting your daily food intake, or noticing irregular eating patterns, it may be that you are developing or have developed an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. I offer an assessment to determine the nature of your eating problems and how it is impacting on your life. Body image distortion and dissatisfaction may be linked to your eating patterns and this will also be assessed.

Understanding ...

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.