Clinical health psychology recognises the relationship between physical, emotional and social well-being. Clinical health psychologists work with thier clients to understand the impact of thoughts, feelings and behaviour on their health problems to alleviate distress and promote a sense of control.
Experiencing ill health is often a stressful and difficult time for the patient and their family. If the health problem is long term (chronic) it can affect self-esteem, mood, social relationships and confidence. Working within the cognitve behavioural therapy model and drawing on principles of mindfulness, I support patients in developing coping strategies to reduce distress, improve emotional well-being and promote better quality of life.
I have experience of working with patients with a wide range of health problems, including chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cardiac problems, and weight issues.
I also work with people whose quality of life is undermined by unhelpful behaviours (such as compulsive shopping or emotional eating) or high levels of health anxiety.
I also offer assessment of patients’ ability to understand and cope with certain elective (non-emergency) medical procedures, such as cosmetic surgery and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.