Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Contact us

The Adult Mental Health Psychology team is based at:

Department of Psychological Services & Research
NHS Dumfries & Galloway
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road
Dumfries DG1 4AP

Tel: 01387 244495

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

Who We Are

The Adult Mental Psychology Team comprises Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Psychology Assistants, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Associates in Psychological Therapy.

 

The team’s main base is at Mountainhall Treatment Centre (MTC). However, clinicians in the specialty are divided into smaller teams covering five geographical localities in the region. These localities include, Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Nithsdale, Dumfries, Annandale & Eskdale.

People who are referred can be seen at Mountainhall Treatment Centre, or at remote clinics, including currently Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Sanquhar, Thornhill and Annan.

When clinicians offer a service at the remote clinics, these will be face-to-face appointments only.

What We Do

Psychological therapy is often more commonly known as ‘talking therapy’. We use evidence-based models, which can be useful for people with certain types of psychological or emotional-related difficulties, such as:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression or Low Mood
  • Panic Attacks
  • Health Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Complex Trauma; they may experience adverse experiences throughout life.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), compulsive behaviours such as checking, counting, hand-washing and intrusive thoughts or images that feel disturbing or do not seem to go away.
  • Complex or atypical bereavement.

 

If a client is receiving support from the community mental health team (CMHT), if appropriate we can offer psychological therapy in con-junction.

 

We also provide group psychological therapy support. Our current groups run for a period between 8 to 12 weeks. These are either online or face-to-face. Our current groups are as follows,

 

  • Survive and Thrive Group: teaching coping strategies to people who have experienced trauma or PTSD.
  • Compassionate Focused Therapy Group (CFT Group): offering strategies for learning self-compassion and compassion for others as a way of managing inner experiences of shame or guilt.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT Group): teaching and training of mindfulness strategies for managing experiences of depression or anxiety.
  • Change-Up Group: offering group therapy for people with either mild to moderate mental health problems.

 

Therapy can help people to:

 

  • Understand their current problems and how they have arisen
  • Learn how to deal with them in helpful ways (by identifying their own inner resources, identifying and enabling engagement with other appropriate resources and by enabling helpful changes in lifestyle and thinking)

We also provide group psychological therapy support. More information about group therapy can be found at the following link: 

Our current groups run for a period between 8 to 12 weeks. These are either online or face-to-face. Our current groups are as follows,

  • Survive and Thrive Group: teaching coping strategies to people who have experienced trauma or PTSD.

Female Survive & Thrive Group Video:

Male Survive & Thrive Group Video:

  • Compassionate Focused Therapy Group (CFT Group): offering strategies for learning self-compassion and compassion for others as a way of managing inner experiences of shame or guilt.

Compassionate Mind Group Video:

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT Group): teaching and training of mindfulness strategies for managing experiences of depression or anxiety.

Mindfulness Group Video:

  • Change-Up Group: offering group therapy for people with either mild to moderate mental health problems.

Referral Information

Referrals can be made by any GP in Dumfries and Galloway, by Consultant Psychiatrists and other Mental Health professionals (e.g. Community Mental Health Nursing Teams, Occupational Therapists).

Self-referral is not possible.

Who might find Psychological therapy helpful?

  • Anyone who is struggling with their mood and well-being and feels ready to make changes to their life.

 What does therapy involve?

  •  Treatment involves weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions, each lasting about one hour. The duration of treatment will depend on the nature of the problem.
  • Treatment is more successful when individuals are able to work on their problems in between sessions. The completion of jointly-agreed homework or group-based homework leads to better outcomes.

If you think you, or someone you know, may benefit from being assessed by the team, we would encourage you to discuss this with your GP.

Common Myths about Psychology?

Therapists DO NOT:

 

  • Force you to talk about things you do not wish to
  • Tell you what you must do
  • Prescribe medication.

 

Therapists DO:

 

  • Help you to feel safe and comfortable
  • Gently encourage you to talk about your problems in your own time
  • Enable and empower you to find your own best solutions

Provide evidence-based treatment (i.e. it works) in line with clinical guidelines for best practice.

Helpful Resources

Samaritans 
Telephone: 116 123
Website: www.samaritans.org

NHS24
Telephone: 111
Website: www.NHS24.scot 

Breathing Space
Telephone: 0800 83 85 87
Website: breathingspace.scot

NHS Inform website for various self-help guides: https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/