What do we provide?
- Individual assessment and formulation of how psychological difficulties develop, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, anger, sexual problems and the effects of trauma and abuse.
- Within a broader individual psychological formulation we assess cognitive or developmental difficulties, if these are clearly affecting a person’s functioning.
- Advice on ways of coping with psychological difficulties/ or improving functioning.
- Access to individual digital psychological therapy options.
- Evidence-based self-help materials for patients, relatives and carers, including online options.
- Skills courses to enable people to manage a range of difficulties, such as low self-esteem, stress, anger, low mood.
- Therapy group options for more complex difficulties, such as longstanding emotional regulation or interpersonal problems.
- Input to the community mental health teams to provide psychological care through the teams for those with the most complex difficulties.
- Individual therapy, ifneeds cannot be better met by other options and the person is likely to benefit. This work is time-limited and requires the ability to attend regularly, tolerate emotional discomfort, work outside therapy sessions and make significant changes in behaviour.
- Training, supervision, coaching and consultancy for doctors, nurses, social workers and other Health and Social Care Partnership staff, to help them meet the psychological needs of their patients and clients.
- Clinical audit and clinically-based research.
- Provide teaching and placement experiences for trainee clinical psychologists on the Edinburgh University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course.
Where will I be seen?
The service offers a blended approach of face-to-face and online options. Face-to-face appointments take place in many GP surgeries and in local health centres and hospital outpatient clinics. We run groups in a variety of locations across Fife and online. We also offer virtual “Near Me” videocall consultations, and telephone appointments where this is clinically appropriate.
Your GP, a psychiatrist, or another health or social care professional can refer you to the psychology service.
Access to online self-help information and self-referral to digital individual therapy and many therapy groups is available via the Access Therapies Fife website.