The clinical psychology service at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen offers clinical consultations within a private and comfortable environment, providing a comprehensive psychology assessment evaluating all factors relevant to a person’s current experience.
Our team create a psychological formulation of how these contribute to the difficulties presently impacting on a patient's life, developing an individually tailored intervention based on evidence-based psychological models. The service further produces psychological evaluations prior to surgical procedures and medico-legal reports for the courts.
Who might access the service and how
The service is open to any adult and adolescent seeking help with emotional difficulties, such as low mood and depression, stress and anxiety such as Panic Disorder and OCD, anger, psychological trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adjustment difficulties, loss and grief, and somatisation and health anxiety. Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome is assessed, diagnosed and advice given.
The psychology service can further provide help with managing physical health problems, such as cancer, chronic pain, fatigue, functional symptoms, obesity, hyperactivity and attention difficulties, and medically unexplained symptoms. The service is accessed via direct GP referral or self referral by contacting the hospital.
Common tests and treatments
The evidence-based psychological treatments offered include
Who runs the service
The service is run by Dr Lene Thorgrimsen Forrester, who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist chartered by the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Care Professions Council. She has completed a PhD in psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, has 20 years' experience in the field of clinical and academic psychology, and is a published author of books and academic journal articles.
Dr Forrester has special expertise in psychological trauma and psychological medicine. She can provide psychological interventions in English and the Scandinavian languages.
How long a typical treatment pathway may last
National Clinical guidelines such as SIGN and NICE for some psychological health problems are quite clear in their recommendations, others depend on the individual person and their difficulties. Generally, one or two psychological treatment sessions can be sufficient to offer advice on how to manage mild problems, whilst moderate psychological problems can be treated in 6-8 sessions. For complex difficulties, further sessions may be required.
For more information about the clinical psychology service at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen, please call 01224 595993 or make an online enquiry.