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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.
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)
- 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
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 TherapiesWe 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.
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