We all need some help and support at some point in our lives. We have listed a few examples below that may help to illustrate what we do.
If you think that you could do with some strategies to help with difficulties in your life get in touch...
"Feeling anxious whenever I leave the house is really getting me down. What can I do about it?"
There are a number of different ways that anxiety and depression can be treated but it does depends upon your own unique circumstances. These will define your own unique therapeutic approach, but this approach will almost certainly be built upon a CBT foundation. Research has shown us that using CBT in conditions like anxiety and depression is particularly effective and we may meet up for a number of sessions to build your own 'tool kit' that you can use to fight the feelings of anxiety and depression that you may be experiencing. Some patients find that after therapy, they feel that they can 'go it alone' and then come back for a 'top-up' session after a few months. This is fine with us and there is good research evidence to show that opting for 'top-up' sessions equates with a positive long term outcome for you.
"I'm a Case Manager working with a patient who could really use some psychological help, advice and support - can you advise me?"
Working with care teams and Case Managers is one of our areas of expertise. We frequently meet with patients who, as a result of accident or injury, are struggling to adapt to significant changes in life circumstances. We are able to advise both the patient, their family and their care team and develop management strategies and therapeutic approaches that are tailor made, allow patients to make changes and adaptations to their behaviours, beliefs and understanding of their changed circumstances. Working with the care or therapy team supports this work and where appropriate we will also include family in the approaches that we recommend.
"I've been feeling low since my Dad died, can you help?"
Loosing a loved one is one of the most difficult things that we ever have to deal with in life. Sometimes its the suddenness of the loss, other times its the inevitable outcome of a long illness. Whichever it is, it can be very difficult to cope with. What can make matters worse is that life around you doesn't stop and wait for you to recover, and the same day-to-day stresses and strains are still there. Often when we are trying to cope with bereavement these stresses and strains can become overwhelming. If you cared for a loved one before they died you may also be asking yourself if you did enough to help when they were alive. These thoughts and reactions can be a normal part of the grieving process, but sometimes it can be good to talk about them.
Following my accident, I've been experiencing chronic pain and have been told that a Clinical Psychologist can help. Can you really do anything?
Over the last three decades there has been a considerable amount of research that has demonstrated that Clinical Psychology can be very useful in providing patients with a 'tool kit' to help them cope with their chronic pain. There are many factors that can contribute to being in chronic pain. Some of these can be physical and some can be psychological. Sometimes we hear that patients have been told that much of their chronic pain is "psychological'. This doesn't mean that the pain is in some way 'made up', or a figment of your imagination (if only it was that simple). Your pain is very real, but how you think affects how you feel physically. Imagine if you were on stage in front of thousands of people. You would, like most people feel at least a little bit nervous and be worrying about your performance. You might get a sensation commonly called 'butterflies in your stomach'. In this case, how you are thinking affects you physically and causes you to experience the 'butterflies in the stomach' sensation. Your thoughts are very powerful and in the management of pain, we use this power to combat your difficulties. Research has shown us that approaches based upon a CBT framework are particularly effective, so get in touch with us to discuss your concerns.
I'm really worried about how many things I'm forgetting. Can you assess my memory?
Sometimes the day-to-day stresses of life can cause us to forget occasional appointments, loose the car keys, or forget why you went upstairs in the first place. This is normal. What is not normal is if this is happening to you every day, or even every other day. This is where Meridian Psychology can help. We can assess your memory and compare your results with data obtained from large population samples which can show if your memory is within normal limits, or if there is something not quite right. The sooner memory problems are identified, the sooner different treatment approaches can be considered. And its not just you. Maybe you have noticed that a relative or friend has been more absent-minded than usual. Maybe you only see Mum and Dad every so often and on that last visit they didn't seem to be coping as well as previously. We have the expertise to help you all in these circumstances.
“I’m doing all the looking after, but who is looking after me?”
Sometimes we feel that we are not able to talk to those closest to us because we don’t want to burden them with our problems. It may be that you feel that there isn’t anyone that you want to share your worries with. It may seem odd, but sometimes talking to a Professional is easier than talking to family or friends.
“Who do I turn to? His behaviour has changed. He’s not who he was”
Knowing who to seek advice from under challenging circumstances can be very difficult to work out, and even then you may feel that you are no further on in coping with the problem or working out a way forward. Talking to someone not connected with your situation and circumstances can often help you see a way forward