Psychology South Essex


Statistically, one in four adults will experience psychological distress during their lifetime.  This may be as a consequence of coping with the daily hassles of life, major life transitions (for example becoming a parent or retiring), or specific stressful or traumatic life events (for example the death of a loved one, losing a job, physical illness, or dealing with the impact of abuse).

Meeting with a Clinical Psychologist offers an opportunity to reflect upon and make sense of this distress, and to create a plan of action to address these problems.  This may include psychological therapies.

An initial consultation and comprehensive psychological assessment may be used to address some of the following:

- Low mood and depression

- Overwhelming worry, phobias, anxiety, panic, and anxiety disorders

- Low self confidence and self esteem

- Managing work stress

- Addressing problematic lifestyle choices

- Problematic eating

- Developing motivation to change

- Trauma (including abuse)

- Relationship difficulties

- Psychotic symptoms (for example hearing voices, paranoia, fixed beliefs)

- Obsessions and compulsions

- Emotional difficulties and pain in context of health problems

- Psychosomatic problems

- Psychosexual difficulties

- Family life cycle and transitional stages of life issues, including loss and bereavement

The therapy approaches offered as a result of the assessment could draw on the following psychological models:

- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

 - Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

 - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

 - Systemic therapy

- Narrative therapy

- Attachment based therapy

We also offer highly specialist and in depth cognitive assessment for individuals. Most commonly these will be sought when someone is worried about their attention, finding the right words, having problems with memory, reasoning or multi-tasking.  They may be concerned that they are developing dementia, or this may arise as a consequence of head injury. 

If you are interested in this type of the assessment (which we refer to as Diagnostic Dementia Assessment) please read more here.