Welcome to Clinical Health Psychology, Bradford. We hope that you will find out more about the services we offer and how to access them.
Clinical Health Psychology provides specialist services to adults and children who have a range of physical and psychological needs. We are based at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford.
Some of our services offer talking therapy for people with a physical health condition, and others assessments of cognitive (thinking or memory) skills and behavioural needs. We provide three main services to people accessing healthcare in the Bradford district:
- Adult therapies
- Therapies for children
Clinical and health psychologists, counsellors and specialist social workers are trained to understand the effects of having a health condition on emotional wellbeing, and can help people understand and approach the challenges they are facing through talking.
Our psychologists, counsellors and specialist social workers are an integral part of our healthcare teams, and support the psychological care of patients alongside their medical needs.
You’ll find more information about the services we offer, and how to access them, below.
Developing understanding, inspiring hope, supporting change.
The Clinical Health Psychology Service is committed to improving the psychological care of people in Bradford who have a physical health condition and are accessing medical care within Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Please contact the department if you would like to find out more about the services we offer, or you would like to discuss making a referral.
We are a specialist service providing therapy support to help people deal with the emotional impact of their health condition and/or its treatment.
The diagnosis and treatment of a health condition often brings a number of challenges and life changes that are naturally difficult to deal with and sometimes difficult thoughts and feelings can impact on day-to-day life, mood and relationships in a way that feels unmanageable. When this happens, some people find it helpful to speak to a professional who has an understanding of the psychological effects of a wide range of health conditions in a confidential setting.
Common concerns people might have include:
- Adjusting to illness, injury or medication
- Feeling low, upset or angry after a diagnosis
- Fears about the future
- Worry or anxiety
- Dealing with stress
- Low mood or depression
- Fears about treatment such as taking medication or procedures
- Dealing with the impact of health conditions on relationships
- Sexual intimacy
- Grief and loss
- Decisions about treatment
Specialties in the Adult Psychology Service
- Bariatric surgery
- Cardiology and heart failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Oncology (Cancer)
- Chronic pain
- Palliative care
- Renal (Kidney)
- Psychosexual therapy
We offer both individual and group sessions, drawing on a range of psychological approaches. We can also help direct people to other services if their concerns are not directly related to their health condition. For example, where there are longstanding relationship difficulties, or where people are struggling to manage issues related to drug/alcohol use or psychosis.
We also offer consultations as part of a multi-disciplinary approach for patients whose needs would not be best met through direct, one-to-one therapy. This means we can help the wider healthcare team understand an individual’s psychological needs and how these can best be supported by the team.