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    • Skilled team of psychologists provide assessments for a range of issues
    • Each patient receives up-to-date treatment that fits an individual's needs
    • Clinical psychologists diagnosis & evaluate level of intervention required
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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.

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).  
 

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

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Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge MRI, CT and Outpatients Centre

801 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

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

Ms Diane McAllister

Psychotherapist

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Patient Testimonials

"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient

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