What are appointments like?
We aim to meet every new patient at the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, to introduce ourselves and explain our role, and to see if you would like to meet with us more regularly. We will offer a private chat to start with, to get to know you and see if there are any areas that we might be able to support you with.
We will then think through with you what input you would like from the psychology team; from regular weekly contact, to less frequent check-ins or you can just let us know if you would like to see us.
Our psychology team draw from a range of therapeutic models and are specialists in applying these to patients with spinal cord injuries. Most commonly, we use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) principles.
We also offer group sessions, please see our webpage here for more information. We have a social group for patients, as well as an ACT skills group and a managing pain group. As a patient on the ward, you’ll be invited to join these, if appropriate.
The psychology service can also connect you to help organisations during your admission and after your discharge, for further support.
Psychologists are not the same as psychiatrists. This means that we do not prescribe medication. If you would like to discuss medication, you should speak to your Consultant.
Our service is confidential. This means that we will not share any information from our sessions with other people without your consent (unless we are concerned about a risk to yourself, or someone else). We work closely with the rest of the rehabilitation staff and it can be helpful to share information with them, if you agree to this.
How do I access the service?
We aim to meet everyone who is admitted onto the ward. You can also let any staff on the ward know that you want to speak to any member of the Psychology team.
We work Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Where will my sessions happen?
Psychology sessions are usually held in a private space on the ward.