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Psychological Therapies

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Clinical Psychology in Later Life

There are times when everyone feels stressed or unhappy. Generally these bad times pass but sometimes we have problems that do not go away and things get harder and harder. Talking about your problems can really help.

Clinical Psychologists aim to help people understand and cope with problems they may be experiencing more effectively. They aim to help people understand the way they think, act and feel in order for people to make changes which reduce difficulties and lead to a better quality of life.

Clinical Psychologists use a variety of therapeutic models and techniques to meet your individual needs. These may including cognitive-behavioural techniques and systemic approaches. You may have heard these described as “talking therapies”. We do not prescribe medication. Clinical Psychologists work with people of all ages, either individually or as part of a family or couple unit.

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Areas of expertise

We’re able to provide psychological assessment and psychological therapies for a range of difficulties, such as:

  • Anxiety and stress (including generalised anxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias)
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Depression or low mood
  • Adjusting to difficult life events (e.g retirement, relationships ending)
  • Loss/Bereavement
  • Coping with physical health problems
  • Adjusting to a diagnosis of dementia
  • Managing a caring role and the behavioural difficulties that can be associated with dementia
  • Relationship difficulties (be they in the family or with carers)
  • Living with chronic health problems (e.g. COPD, Chronic pain)
  • Neuropsychological assessment for memory concerns

What happens next?

If you are interested in meeting with a Clinical Psychologist we will arrange an initial psychological assessment appointment. This will enable us to discuss your difficulties and what type of psychological intervention might be most helpful to you at this time or whether some other support might be more beneficial. You are welcome to invite whoever you choose to this appointment. We often find that family and friends have valuable ideas to add to our discussions.

There is no pressure for you to arrange anything more than this to begin with. The Clinical Psychologist will spend time with you at the end to discuss how you found the meeting, what goals you have and whether you would like to arrange further sessions. This is a collaborative approach so we will work together to come up with ideas which might be helpful to you rather than telling you what to do. We offer a personalised and flexible service and tailor the psychological approach we use to best meet your needs. We also maintain the strictest standards of confidentiality.

Psychological Therapies

We offer a range of therapies including the following:

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on your current difficulties and looks for practical ways to help you overcome your problems on a daily basis. It aims to help you identify and break unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Systemic family work

We live our lives in all kinds of groups, systems and relationships. We can meet with individuals, couples, families or other groups to help you find what works for you and those around you. We look at existing strengths and resources within the system and how these can be developed further. Sometimes there are a variety of different ideas within the family on what the problem is and how to manage it. It can be helpful to work together on changes that might be useful. We do not take sides but try to offer support and guidance to help create real change that can benefit everyone in the system.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

Cognitive stimulation therapy is a brief group treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia. It is the only non-drug intervention to be recommended for cognitive symptoms and maintenance of function. CST generally involves 14 or more sessions of themed activities. The group sessions aim to actively stimulate and engage people with dementia, providing a great learning environment as well as the social benefits of a group.

Meet some of our specialists

Dr Katy Lee

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Psychology

Let us help you find the right therapy for you.

Smarter, faster, easier and
more thorough healthcare.

Expert

We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

Fast

We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

Flexible

We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

Comprehensive

We are committed to
giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

How we can help.

Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

Clear and simple pricing.


First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £270.

Further appointments at £180 up to 60 minutes, £90 up to 30 minutes.

Home visit supplements starting from £70.

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  • I used Red & Yellow Care for the first time to make an assessment for my mother. Found the service very easy to use, customer friendly and helpful.

    Emily – daughter and carer
  • Red & Yellow’s open discussions and the advice given to me and my wife were professional, friendly, patient, clear and supportive without didacticism or jargon. At all times I felt that I was part of a team, even if I was a little slow.

    Robert – person with dementia
  • Your team have been amazing. I’m happy again; laughing, walking, talking, playing the piano, and have no worry.

    Harry – person with mild cognitive impairment

    Dr Hema Ananth

    Dr Hema Ananth qualified from UCL in 1995 and has now been established as a Consultant Psychiatrist for 12 years. She completed her Psychiatric training on the Royal Free Training Scheme. Hema was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012 for her contribution to Psychiatry. Her NHS work is in Hertfordshire, where she is the lead for the local Memory Service. This involves close work with the Alzheimer’s Society, with whom she has been involved in a voluntary capacity. Hema is the Chair of the Herts Old Age Psychiatry Group and also sits on the Ethics Executive. She has been involved in private practice for 10 years.

    Hema is actively involved in Medical Education of Junior Doctors and is a Tutor and enrolled in a Masters in Medical Education. She was elected Secretary of the Psychiatry Council at The Royal Society of Medicine where she promotes Psychiatry and inputs into conferences. She has previously been on the Liaison Faculty and Women in Psychiatry Group at The Royal College of Psychiatrists and remains an active member of the Old Age Faculty.

    Expertise

    Hema is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults (aged over 50) with a wide range of conditions including:

    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Depression
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Vascular dementia
    • Lewy Body dementia
    • Mild Cognitive Impairment
    • Panic Disorders
    • Capacity Assessment
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Research and Publications

    Beveridge E A, Ananth H, Scurlock H J ‘What protection for the unborn child of a psychologically vulnerable adult?’ Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.96(2):92-93, February 2003.

    Ananth H, Jones L, King M and Tookman A ‘The Impact of Cancer on Sexual Function:A Controlled Study’ Palliative Medicine, 2003; 17: 202-205

    Invited speaker at Marie Curie Research and Development Conference 2002, 2005 and St George’s Hospital 2002.

    Campbell PG and Ananth H ‘Graduates: In: Jacoby R, Oppenheimer C, eds: Psychiatry in the Elderly’ Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp 762-799.

    Ananth H, Popescu I, Good CD, Critchley HD, Frackowiak RSJ, Dolan RJ ‘Cortical and Subcortical Gray Matter Abnormalities in Schizophrenia: Optimized Volumetric Voxel-Based Morphometry of Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ Am J Psychiatry 159:1497 – 1505, September 2002

    Poster presentation at International Schizophrenia Conference, Davos 2002.

    Critchley HD, Ananth H, Popescu I, Good CD, Frackowiak RSJ, Dolan RJ: Cortical and thalamic grey matter abnormalities in Schizophrenia: optimized volumetric Voxel-based morphometry of structural magnetic resonance imaging Schizophrenia Research 53, Suppl A181

    Currently collaborating with Research & development team looking into category-specific object naming in dementia: Category-Specific Object Naming in Dementia of Probable Alzheimer Type: naming pictures of living and non-living things, actively recruit for DENDRON.

    Posters at Royal College of Psychiatrists: 2012 Prevalence of Depression in non-referred patients in the General Hospital, 2015 Eating Disorders in the Elderly and Developing a Template for GP letters following a Memory Clinic Assessment

    Assessment and Treatment

    Hema provides thorough diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing reviews. She aims to see you within a matter of days from referral and can see you at your home or at our consulting rooms at The Medical Chambers Kensington or Queen Square Private Consulting Rooms.

    Appointment prices

    Initial assessment of 90 minutes incl. report, priced at £450.

    Comprehensive diagnostic & capacity assessment of 120 minutes incl. report, priced at £750.

    Optional follow-ups at £300 for 60 minutes, and £200 for 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.

    Dr Claudia Wald

    Dr Wald is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in the mental health of older adults. She gained dual accreditation in adult and older adult psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998 and have been a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults in Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust since 2003. As a Consultant Psychiatrist, she has had a wide range of experience in overseeing services including older adult in-patient wards, an NHS-funded continuing care home for people with mental illness and associated challenging behaviours, an older adult community mental health team and older adult liaison services at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

    She established the Westminster Memory Service in 2009 and the Kensington & Chelsea Memory Service in 2011 which have both repeatedly been nationally accredited with excellence by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and which were awarded The Royal College’s Older Adult Team of the Year in 2015. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and the psychiatric and behavioural symptoms which commonly accompany these conditions. Dr Wald also have extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of functional mental illnesses such mood disorders and psychosis as well as capacity assessments.

    Expertise

    Claudia is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults (aged over 50) with a wide range of conditions including:

    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depression
    • Vascular dementia
    • Panic disorders
    • Capacity assessment
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Lewy body dementia
    • Mild cognitive impairment
    • Other dementias

    Assessment and Treatment

    Claudia provides thorough diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing reviews. She aims to see you within a matter of days from referral and can see you at your home or at our consulting rooms at The Medical Chambers Kensington or Queen Square Private Consulting Rooms.

    Appointment prices

    Initial assessment of 90 minutes incl. report, priced at £450.

    Capacity assessment of 60 minutes incl. report, priced at £375.

    Comprehensive diagnostic & capacity assessment of 120 minutes incl. report, priced at £750.

    Optional follow-ups at £300 for 60 minutes, and £200 for 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.