Referrals

SENDING US A REFERRAL

We accept self-referrals and referrals from surgeons, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. When sending us a referral please let us know whether you have any specific questions or concerns that you would like addressed in an assessment.

We are happy to take referrals for assessment where they are not being offered treatment or where treatment is separate to the reason for referral. If appropriate and the person is keen to proceed we can offer evidence-based psychological therapies, including (trauma-focused) cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and schema-focused therapy.

 

ASSESSMENTS

Our referrers may ask for their client to attend a psychological assessment. Often this is for pre- treatment or pre-surgery psychological evaluation.

Many health professionals require a psychological assessment before a patient undergoes treatment, such as transplant surgery, complicated elective surgeries (e.g. risk-reducing mastectomy, AAA surgery) or cosmetic surgery. Its purpose is to determine whether there are any psychological factors that can affect treatment outcomes. If this is the case, we work with a client to address these factors wherever possible, such as psychological therapy for depression or anxiety.

Referrers also seek our involvement to ensure holistic care. This helps them consider psychological aspects that impact their treatment, for example rehabilitation or wound care, and may lead to recommendations on whether there are any adjustments that could improve outcomes for the client.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT

Psychological treatment can be an important contributor to preparation for a variety of medical treatments or can form part of a joint approach. Its aim is to ensure that psychological difficulties are addressed and appropriate support is available. There is evidence that this can increase engagement with treatments, including rehabilitation.

Psychological treatment can also be a stand-alone intervention that can resolve difficulties, which are not impacting on (planned) health treatments. Psychological therapy can also provide a person with skills when living with long-term conditions and improve emotional well-being and self-esteem.

CONFIDENTIALITY

We take great care at explaining confidentiality to all our clients in the first meeting and will answer any questions or address concerns a client may have.

In our practice we routinely write a letter to the referrer following assessment and occasionally to the client’s GP. This letter contains a brief summary of the assessment and any recommendations we make. We may also write a letter at the end of treatment or mid-way through treatment. We will provide clients with an outline of the content of any letter and also a copy. We obtain express consent when writing letters about clients and will only be able to share this information once we have received it.  If the client does not give us their express consent then we cannot share this information.