Our service works with people to support them with both emotional and cognitive difficulties with the aim of improving the quality of life for patients with neurological conditions
Our service is available to individuals with a neurological condition. Neurological conditions are disorders of the brain, spine or nerves. They have a range of causes including illness, injury, infection and stroke. This often results in difficulties with thinking, memory and concentration, known as cognitive difficulties.
People with these conditions can often experience difficulties with mental wellbeing and their mood.
Our service works with people to support them with both emotional and cognitive difficulties. The aim of our service is to improve the quality of life for patients with neurological conditions.
We complete assessments to understand your difficulties, to try to help you know more about what’s going on for you. We also work with people who have difficulties with their mood, behaviour and personal changes from a neurological condition.
We also have a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) service. (Hyperlink to additional page)
Our service also offers group sessions. One group is based on ACT principles (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and focuses on living with neurological difficulties. We run the Compassionate Minds group, which utilises principles from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and a cognitive rehabilitation group. We also run a group for individuals with FND.
At your first appointment, we will ask some questions about the kind of problems you are having and what other people have noticed. We might ask you to fill in some questionnaires. Your appointment is likely to last one hour and the purpose is to help us find the best way to support you.
We will agree a plan for any more appointments and what this might involve.
You can also use this appointment to ask any questions.
You will have an initial appointment to get to know you.
After this, we may invite you to a neuropsychological assessment. (Hyperlink to additional page)
If you are having emotional difficulties, we will think with you about how you are feeling and coping. We will practice skills and techniques to help you, and discuss what support you have.
If you would like to bring someone along with you, we have a seating area where they can wait for you during your appointment.
Our service is available to adults with an existing diagnosed neurological condition such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson's Disease and have cognitive or emotional difficulties as a result.
We also work with people with diagnoses of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).
We primarily offer a service to those who are under the care of Mid Yorkshire Neurosciences service (Neurologist, Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine, Specialist Neurology Nurses, Specialist Neurology Therapies). Any of these healthcare professionals can refer you to our service. We do not accept self-referrals.
In Wakefield, we usually see people at the Clinical Health Psychology Department at Gate 3A in Pinderfields Hospital.
In Dewsbury, we usually see people at the Staincliffe Wing at Dewsbury and District Hospital.