We have a well-resourced and experienced Psychology team. Our primary goal is to reduce psychological distress and promote psychological well-being by providing evidence-based therapy for difficulties relating to enduring mental health problems, learning disabilities, and autism.
Psychological interventions aim to meet the individual's clinical needs, whether by improving insight into mental health difficulties, enhancing engagement in therapeutic interventions, reducing psychological distress, and promoting psychological well-being. Furthermore, we aim to improve patients’ overall quality of life and psychological functioning to facilitate progression into the community.
The Psychological and Therapy Services consist of HCPC registered clinical psychologists, an art psychotherapist, a speech and language therapist and assistant psychologists.
Psychological Service Programmes
Our Psychological Services provide comprehensive psychological assessment using standardised psychometric instruments and projective techniques that identify:
- Individual and co-occurring disorders, including severe mental illness
- Personality problems
- Psychiatric symptomatology
- Cognitive and intellectual functioning
- Executive dysfunction
- Learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders.
We provide a comprehensive formulation of each patient’s problems and develop appropriate treatment plans from our assessments; we always consider the needs of the patients regarding their suitability for a particular type of therapy and determine whether this is best delivered on a group or individual basis.
As part of our treatment programmes, we offer structured group programmes that take into account the individual mental health needs of each patient attending.
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team, the Psychology team facilitates and monitors appropriate person-centred individual intervention programmes using a multimodal treatment approach including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Therapy (BT), DBT-informed techniques, trauma-focused interventions and positive behaviour support.
Our patients also attend scheduled weekly psychology group sessions; their engagement in these sessions is promoted using various therapeutic techniques, including role-play exercises, problem-solving training, and solution-focused strategies.
There is an opportunity for joint working across therapy professionals for achieving positive treatment outcomes for our patients.
Family and Carer Support
Our Psychology team also liaises with patients’ families, where this is relevant and possible, to improve the quantity and the quality of information available to us. This information is then used to advise formulation, risk assessment, and therapeutic intervention.