Pendleside recognises that the diagnosis of a life threatening illness is a distressing experience for most people. Psychological distress such as shock and disbelief, fear and anxiety, anger, helplessness, hopelessness, low mood and depression, are understandable and natural responses that can change on a day-to-day basis.
It may be difficult to come to terms with the situation and emotional adjustment is often harder than coping with the physical effects of the illness. You may find yourself facing surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other medical treatment that brings further worry.
The Psychological Support service at Pendleside is a specific programme consisting of clinical hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, mindfulness, or other therapies; these can address the physical, emotional and social problems often associated with the diagnosis of a life limiting illness.
How can I access Psychological Support?
Referrals will be accepted as a self-referral, or from any health or social care professional.
What happens next?
The therapist will complete an assessment; following this up to 10 sessions of 60 minutes will be offered; however, this will be assessed according to need and may be extended.
How do I contact the Psychological Support service?
The Psychological Support team can be contacted Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm by telephoning 01282 440110.
Who will provide the support?
The Psychological Support team is made up of trained psychotherapists and counsellors.
Where will the supoort take place?
Support is provided in the day services department, but is available across other Hospice services, including inpatients and outpatients.
What about confidentiality?
Anything discussed with the therapist will be strictly confidential and nothing will be disclosed to any other health care professional without your knowledge. All records of treatment are kept separate from the main patient records.
If you need to cancel or postpone an appointment, please contact the Hospice on 01282 440110 as soon as possible