Psychology

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At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, we believe in the importance of not only your physical health but also your mental health and wellbeing. This is why we provide a wide range of mental health care services to include Clinical Psychology.


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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology uses evidence based psychological therapies and models such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to help understand an individual's thinking, feelings and behaviour. These therapies have been proven to alleviate psychological distress (as recommended by NICE guidelines).

Psychological intervention guidance and care pathway can be provided as a three tier system:

Tier 1 – Downloadable self-help resources and computerised CBT course for depression and anxiety.

Tier 2 – Psychological intervention for Axis I disorders (anxiety/depression) by Psychologists and/or CBT trained clinicians.

Tier 3 – Complex psychological intervention for Axis II disorders by Psychologists.

  • Psychological intervention for psychosis, alcohol/substance misuse, personality disorders and complex trauma reactions.
  • Behavioural analysis/modification for adults/children exhibiting challenging behaviours (including individuals with learning disabilities).
  • Group intervention (psycho-education) – social skills/assertiveness, emotional awareness including anger management, anxiety, depression and effective parenting (Webster-Stratton)

With complete confidentiality, an initial mental health care assessment with our  psychologist can ascertain your diagnosis and level of intervention required.

We can also arrange a mental health care consultation with our Psychologist in the assessment of:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Neuro-psychological assessment for individuals with cognitive deficits.

We also provide private Psychiatric Consultations for children, adolescents and adults


How do clinical psychologists help people?


Our Clinical Psychologists specialise in providing psychological assessment and interventions to infants & their families, children, adolescents, adults and couples.  Some patients experience particular emotional or mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia, while others have difficulties with their thinking (also known as ‘cognitive’ problems) and these can take many forms, such as problems with memory or perception after a head injury, a learning disability or dementia. 

Our skilled team of Clinical Psychologists provide psychological assessments for a range of issues, including attachment difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and intellectual, cognitive and learning ability.  We also screen for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  

We use effective, evidenced-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic or Family Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). All our clinicians, who usually also work within the NHS, receive regular clinical supervision to make sure that each patient gets up-to-date treatment that best fits their individual needs.  


Areas which we can help with include:


  • Behaviour problems
  • Feeding & toileting difficulties
  • Sleep problems
  • School and learning related issues
  • Anxiety (such as phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, social anxiety, related to sexual health & reproduction)
  • Low mood/depression
  • Difficulties resulting from trauma (e.g  road accidents, assault, sexual abuse)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Bereavement or loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Cognitive ability assessment
  • Sexual development
  • Relationship problems
  • General distress 

Psychological problems do not always fall into neat categories and descriptions and you may be experiencing a mix of emotional or psychological issues which bother you and hold you back in some way. 


Initial Assessment


An initial assessment will usually take between 1½ to 3 hours and may be spread over 2 appointments. During the assessment you will be asked about the current problems, relevant history and what you would like to change, address, or gain through psychological therapy.  Working together, you and your psychologist will come to a shared understanding of the problem, discuss the most suitable type of therapy and the approximate number of sessions required.  A short written report of your assessment and initial psychological formulation can be provided if required. 


Therapy sessions


Therapy sessions last about 50 minutes and the frequency of these will be discussed with you after the initial assessment.  We normally recommend a minimum of 2 sessions a month, at two-weekly intervals, for therapy to be effective. 


Medio-Legal


We provide assessments for adults and children, in personal injury cases and criminal law.

  • Assessment of psychological harm, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorder in personal injury (e.g Road Traffic Accidents) and medical negligence cases.
  • Pre-sentencing assessments for criminal cases, when a better understanding of a defendant’s psychological functioning is required by a judge in order to determine an appropriate sentence.
  • Assessment of a defendant’s capacity to stand trial in criminal cases.
  • Assessment of aspects of a defendant’s psychological functioning that are pertinent to their case, for example, their memory or intellectual functioning. 

All of our Clinical Psychologists possess private professional indemnity cover and are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).   

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,
Belfast

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Deborah Walton

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jennifer Maguire

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Mark Conachy

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Catherine Scullion

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Professor Alastair Black

Consultant Psychotherapist

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