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Clinical Psychology

Sutton Sports Injury and Physio Clinic is proud to offer Clinical Psychology as part of our multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. We are one of very few clinics that offer this service in the Sutton, Epsom and Surrey region. Our resident Psychologist is Dr Anna Mathieson, click here to find out more about Anna and the areas that Anna specialises in.

What is a Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologists specialise in assessing what factors impact upon on a person’s wellbeing, including their past and current experiences, relationships, health conditions etc. A Clinical Psychologist is trained in techniques to support you to improve your quality of life and work with people across the lifespan experiencing distress in the context of a mental health or physical health condition.

Psychologists are now required to have a Doctorate level of qualification in order to practice clinically. This means that Psychologists have usually spent a minimum of six years studying, conducting research and working within a variety of relevant fields. For example, Clinical Psychologists must complete placements working with children, adolescents, adults of working age, older adults and a placement within a specialist service as part of their training. These placements are usually based in the NHS within a broad spectrum of services, meaning that Psychologists are well qualified to help people with a variety of difficulties.

How does a Psychologist work?

When you first meet with a Clinical Psychologist, they will ask you a number of questions about what you would like support with, whether you have experienced a similar difficulty in the past, what factors are impacting on your wellbeing and how you would like things to be different. It is important for us to have this information to be able to understand what difficulties you are trying to cope with and to help us to work with you on identifying ways to improve your quality of life. This is called the assessment stage and it can sometimes take up to two or three appointments for you and the Psychologist to have a good understanding of your current difficulties and how you will work together to move forward.

Sometimes as part of the assessment, the Psychologist may need to request further information from other health professionals such as GPs in order to be able to support you effectively. This will always be discussed with you first.

Throughout the assessment process, the Psychologist will discuss with you their understanding of what your current difficulties are and what you would like support with. You and the Psychologist will then establish what your goals are for working together and make a plan as to how to achieve these goals.

Sometimes the Psychologist that you meet with for assessment may discuss with you that they are not best placed to work with you at that time. This may be because they do not have the specialism that would be required to support you, or because it is not possible to achieve the goals that you have specified. If this were to be the case, the Psychologist will discuss this with you and will usually offer to write a letter to summarise the assessment sessions and any recommendations that the Psychologist has made.

Unlike Psychiatrists, Psychologists are not medically trained and therefore do not prescribe medication. However, we can liaise with medical professionals such as GPs or Psychiatrists with regards to medication you may be taking or if you feel you would like to begin a course of medication.

What would sessions with a Psychologist be like?

Psychology sessions will vary depending on the clinician, the client, the difficulties being discussed, and the model(s) being used. The aim of the sessions are to help you to explore the difficulties you are experiencing in order to better understand why they may have developed, what may be causing them to be a problem currently, and how to move forward. Our main aim when working with you is to improve your quality of life despite the difficulties you may experience, particularly as we aren’t able to control what happens to us but we can have an influence over how we manage and respond to what happens to us.

Clinical Psychologists are trained in a variety of models in order to be able to adapt their approach to each individual’s needs, or to draw upon relevant aspects of differing models to provide an integrative approach. This includes models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which looks for any links or patterns between your thought processes, mood and behaviour, and how these may be impacting on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Clinical Psychologists are also trained in Mindfulness which is a technique to help you develop skills in focusing your attention in order to allow you to perform as well as possible, whether this is in a competitive environment or just day to day. The Psychologist can discuss with you what models and techniques may be best suited to your needs.

Will attending psychology sessions help me?

Life is unpredictable therefore we never know what will come our way, but the skills you learn in therapy can be valuable lifelong techniques that you can apply to many different situations. Everyone will experience distress at some point in their lives, whether this is related to a mental health condition or not, therefore we hope to be able to support you to feel better prepared to manage the challenges that you face.

What do I do if I would like to book an appointment?

You can call the clinic on 020 8254 2150 / 0208 644 6566 or email us on info@sportsinjuriesandphysio.com to book an appointment.

If you have any questions, our clinic administrator Cristina will be pleased to assist you with these. Cristina may ask you some initial questions about what you would like help with, then will arrange your first conversation and talk with you about the availability of psychology appointments. All information shared with us will always be treated in the strictest confidence.

The first conversation is a brief 5 minute telephone call with our Psychologist, to understand suitability for the service. Following this and assuming suitability we will book you an appointment and send you an initial appointment letter which includes our Terms and Conditions to give you more information about what we offer.

The first conversation is a great opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you have about seeing a Psychologist. If you and the Psychologist choose to go ahead with further appointments, you will usually have weekly appointments of 50 minute sessions at a time. The Psychologist will be able to give you an idea of the duration of the therapy after the initial 1-2-1 appointment.

Confidentiality

The information you discuss with us will be kept confidential at all times, however there are certain situations where information may need to be shared if there are concerns about your welfare or the welfare of someone else. This is rare and every attempt will be made to abide by your wishes in terms of confidentiality. We will also always endeavour to discuss any breaks in confidentiality with you first.