Psychiatry and clinical psychology
Work Stress, bereavement, relationship problems and physical illness e.g. cancer, stroke and chronic pain, can lead to difficulties in coping with life for many people. This can lead to anxiety, depression, fatigue and memory difficulties which can be severe and can affect all areas of the patient’s life and those around them.
What can psychiatry offer?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.
Treatments are individualised to the patient and often involve a combination of medication and psychological therapy and are highly effective. Your psychiatrist will explain all aspects of the treatment options available at your initial consultation.
What can clinical psychology offer?
Clinical Psychologists use “Talking Therapies” to improve their patients understanding, awareness and coping with the difficulties they face. Therefore, helping them gain more confidence and strengthen their psychological resilience.
Clinical Psychologists use a wide range of therapeutic techniques combined with knowledge of evidence-based research in order to maximise the patients benefits from treatment. Treatments are tailored to meet the patient individual circumstances.
Contemporary evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy [CBT] and Interpersonal Psychotherapy [IPT] are offered.
Consultations are conducted in a safe and confidential setting. Flexible appointment times can be offered to accommodate individual needs.
Cognitive and memory assessment such as neuropsychological and psychometric testing are also available.
- Most patients are referred by their general practitioner (GP) or hospital consultant.
- Self-referrals are welcome but the GP will usually be kept informed of treatment.
- Patients are initially seen by a psychiatrist who will develop a personalised treatment plan with the patient.