Why Health Psychology?
Psychologists have long been recognised as experts in behaviour change. Most people think of psychologists as mental health providers, who help people to overcome things like depression, anxiety and the like. For decades, however, there have been psychologists who work outside the mental health field and work with patients who have chronic health conditions, which often impacts stress, functioning and quality of life. They are called health psychologists.
Health psychology is primarily concerned with people’s experiences of health and illness. Health and illness are influenced by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. There is a wealth of research and evidence that psychological therapy can be extremely effective in increasing quality of life, supporting adjustment to illness and loss, reaching goals, and reducing anxiety and depression that can often come hand in hand with a physical health problem.
Health Psychology brings evidenced-based therapy to help people develop healthy behaviours, reduce the impact of chronic stress and illness, while significantly improving quality of life.
Our Psychological Health Services are led by Dr Victoria Parlane, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Health Psychologist and Acceptance & Commitment Therapist (ACT Therapist). Trained to the highest possible level of Health Psychology, Dr Victoria draws on multiple approaches to helping clients find meaning in the face of pain from having a long-term condition and adversity. The therapies she provides include:
Ψ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Ψ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Ψ Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT) Ψ Health Psychology models, theories and frameworks of chronic illness and lifestyle factors Ψ Models of behaviour change and behaviour change techniques (BCT)
As a Health Psychologist, Dr Victoria undertakes specialist assessments to understand an individual’s health beliefs and quality of life. She appreciates that your needs are unique and takes a completely individualistic approach to help determine the most suitable psychological health intervention for effective behaviour change.
Dr Victoria applies the tenets of ‘third wave’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, specifically, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and she is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS). Having used the principles to overcome her own struggles with stress and having a long-term condition to improve her quality of life, provides a successful framework to work with you.
Applying health psychology models in combination with mindfulness, compassion and acceptance-based approaches, helps to manage uncomfortable thoughts and feelings so they have less impact and influence over you so you can reach your goal to live well despite health challenges. As standard practice, all services are evaluated to review outcomes and feedback for future improvements.
Dr Victoria says, “the approach I take is a very active form – not just talking about problems. You and I, as a team, will work together to ensure a behaviour change that will take you in the direction you want to go.”
How Our Psychological Health Services Can Help You?
Dr Victoria has successfully supported people with many different problems, for example:
Ψ Long-Term Conditions (LTCs). List includes, but not limited to: Arthritis, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, IBS, Tinnitus, Chron’s Disease
Ψ Adjustment to illness diagnosis/treatment/recovery wellness
Ψ Adherence to a medication/treatment programme
Ψ Preventing illness and promoting healthy choices and lifestyles
Ψ Stress and anxiety management
Ψ Stress associated smoking and alcohol consumption
Ψ Stress and digestive health
Ψ Sleep problems
Ψ Work stress (Managing health for work)
Ψ Relationship Health
Ψ Menopausal symptoms
Ψ Physical activity and goal attainment
Ψ Weight management and body image
Ψ Sexual Health
Ψ Low mood and confidence
Ψ Assertiveness training and effective communication
Ψ and much more…
If you are struggling or feeling stuck and are searching for a change, but don’t know what to do to change it, seeing a Health Psychologist is one way to help.
Even if the illness/problem you are struggling with cannot be cured, learning to live well, so the illness takes a back seat (rather than driving your life) can have profound effects on your emotional well-being and increase your overall quality of life.
If you would like to rear further information and a case study about pain and long term condition management, please click here.
To move your life in a valued direction and manage more effectively, ACT now and contact us today.
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