Any psychological intervention starts with an initial assessment. It covers information about your health journey so far, the problems you are facing and what you would like to achieve in therapy. It may include the diagnosis, symptoms, treatments, family and friendships, development, general wellbeing and any risk factors.
I offer 1:1 therapy sessions with the young person who has the physical health condition, with or without a parent present depending on what works best.
A chronic illness can have an impact on the whole family. I offer family sessions with combinations of the young person, siblings, parents and other significant relationships depending on what works best .
I work with diagnosed physical health conditions, diseases or syndromes including respiratory, cardiovascular, congenital, ear, eye, skin, inflammatory and immune, metabolic and endocrine, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, renal and urogenital among others. If a young person has recovered from a serious illness like cancer or stroke, but still feels affected by it, contact me to see how I can help.
Adjusting to a diagnosis
Condition-related low mood
Anxiety about medical procedures
Fear of needles and vaccinations
Fear of the dentist
Pain and symptom management
Treatment decision making
Preparation for surgery
Living with visible difference
Friendships and relationships
Physical symptoms (such as pain, loss of movement, fatigue and seizures) that are unexplained by an underlying diagnosis can have a massive impact on quality of life. Being passed from ‘pillar to post’ in pursuit of an answer can cause extra suffering, worry that something more serious has been missed, or concerns that people think it is 'all in the head'. These problems respond well when psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists work together. Please contact me if you are looking for psychological support for these very real challenges.