North Cumbria Locality Physical Health and Rehabilitation Psychology
You can be referred if:
You live in North Cumbria
You have one or more of the following physical health conditions:
- Heart problems
- Chronic respiratory difficulties (e.g. COPD)
Your experience of this condition has affected your mood.
Any health professional involved in your care can refer you to this service.
Who are we and what do we do?
We are a team of Psychological Practitioners based in North Cumbria. We will work with you to improve your physical health and mood, and to lead a happier, healthier life.
What do our Psychological Practitioners do?
- They work with you to understand how your physical health affects your mood
- They may offer you 1:1 talking therapy
- They may give you information about other services that can help you
What to expect if you come to see us?
When your GP or health care team have suggested that you come to meet us, we will send you a letter telling you more about our service, and offering you an appointment. We will also send you some questionnaires to fill out about your mood and how you are coping. We will try to offer you an appointment somewhere close to where you live. This may be a local health centre or GP surgery.
The first appointment lasts about 50 minutes. This will give us a chance to think together about your health difficulties, your mood, your family and other important people in your life, and any life events that are challenging.
The session will be at a pace that suits you and you will not be expected to speak about anything you would prefer not to.
During the appointment, we will agree with you a plan based on what will be most helpful to you. The plan could include one-to-one talking therapy, such as:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing(EMDR)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Please click here to find out more about these different therapy types.
Details of your sessions are put on your medical record, but you can tell us if you do not feel ok with anything being shared with your GP or other members of your care team.
We will only talk about you outside the team when you give permission, or if we think you are at risk of harm and we need to protect you or others.
We will keep your GP and/ or consultant up to date by sending letters about your appointments so they know how you are and what you are currently working on – you will also get a copy of these letters.
Why this approach?
“My difficulties are physical, how can a psychologist help me?”
We all experience stress at times, but living with a physical health condition can make everyday things more difficult and can have an effect on your quality of life. For example, you may feel anxious, sad, lonely or irritable and this might be having an effect on your relationships. It can also bring up memories or difficult feelings from the past which you thought you had dealt with.
We hope to work with you to help you to make changes which will help you to live a happier, healthier life. This will be a joint effort and we will make decisions with you, not for you - this approach is guided by information from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence .
What do our patients say?
Feedback from three people who we have worked with:
“I found talking through my anxieties with (the therapist) very helpful, and easy to understand and grasp the techniques well that she taught me”
“Looking after our mental health is so incredibly important; not just for the individual, but for society as a whole. It’s been invaluable knowing help has been available to me when I have needed it most.”
“I would recommend this service to friends and family. I have been treated with respect, understanding and great kindness. My levels of anxiety have decreased and I am more able to deal with the symptoms.”
Please click here to see more general patient feedback.