Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Who we are

Living with a long-term physical health condition can weigh heavily on people.  The discomfort of symptoms, changes to activity, waiting for test results, worrying about an uncertain future, and unpleasant treatment side-effects can all pose a potential threat to mood. 

If this is something that you can relate to, you may have noticed a sense of loss in your role, purpose and even identity.  It’s perhaps not surprising that people who have chronic problems with their health are more likely to experience low mood and anxiety. 

Feeling down, flat, angry or anxious can often be helped with support from family and friends.  Other supports can include finding out more about your condition from trustworthy sources.  Participating in services run by third sector and community groups can also be useful.  Some of these offer the chance to meet up with others who know exactly what is you are going through, which can be very therapeutic.

When things are more problematic, and normal supports don’t help to shake off unhelpful thoughts and feelings, there is the Clinical Health Psychology service. 

The team is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Specialist Psychological Therapists.  Occasionally we are joined by trainee psychologists who are working towards their professional qualification.

What We Do

We help people to live well with their long-term physical health conditions.  In brief, we achieve this through helping you to notice and manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings, identify what it is that makes you tick, and planning meaningful activity.  

We use psychologically therapies that have been shown to be effective through careful research. 

Who we support

We work with adults across Dumfries and Galloway who are living with various health conditions and are also feeling stuck in how they manage their condition, low mood and anxiety, and problems with acceptance.  Health conditions can include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Good treatment outcomes start with a willingness to engage in a process of change, being open to learning to live well with your condition and progress towards acceptance. 

Referral Information

We accept referrals from a range of health professionals, including GPs, hospital doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, and mental health colleagues. 

Once we receive your referral, we will send you an invitation to opt-in to the service.  This tells us that you are interested in treatment and we will invite you to an assessment appointment.  Here, we will aim to get a clearer picture of what your problems are, when they started, what keeps them going and what stops them from getting worse.

At the end of the assessment, we will aim to develop a plan for the next steps.  If you and your therapist agree that psychological therapy will be useful, you will be invited to take part in psychological therapy.

Therapy sessions are about an hour long and usually take place about once a week or once a fortnight.  We work hard to improve access to our service and reduce the amount of time people need to wait through using both online video appointments and face-to-face appointments.

Contact us

Clinical Health
Department of Psychological Services & Research
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road
Dumfries 
DG1 4AP

Tel. 01387 244495, 
Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm, for enquiries.

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