Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies

The Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies Department aims to provide accessible, effective and efficient psychological services to the local population, on a Trust-wide basis, with the aim of promoting psychological health and well-being.

The Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies Department provides services across a range of specialisms, as listed below.

  • Adult Autism Service

    The Adult Autism Service is managed through the Clinical Psychology department. This multidisciplinary team comprises of staff from Psychology and Occupational Therapy backgrounds. The service offers diagnostic assessment and intervention for adults with a diagnosis of autism. The service also provides staff training, support to carers and participates in research activity.

    For further information please contact: the Consultant Clinical Psychologist on Tel: (028) 9250 1326

  • Adult Psychological Therapies Services

    We offer a Psychological Therapy service (both individual and group therapy) for adults aged 18-65. The service is mainly outpatient based but also in-reaches to the Trust Mental Health Inpatient Units when requested.

    We see a wide range of acute and chronic problems including Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Depression, Generalised Anxiety (excessive worry), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Self-Esteem, Occupational Stress, Sexual Problems, Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating, Personality Difficulties, Emotional Instability, Trichotillomania, those with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, Body Dysmorphia, Health Anxiety and Social Anxiety.

    We accept referrals from 2 sources only:

    • From Mental Health Assessment Centres (GP referral).
    • From Professionals within Mental Health Services already working with the patient/client.

    If you would like to be referred to our service please speak to your GP or Mental Health Professional.

    If you have any queries regarding our service you can contact us on Tel: (028) 44 513 880

  • Children’s Paediatric Clincal Psychology Services

    The Clinical Psychology Paediatric Service offers a specialist quality community based clinical psychology service to children up to the age of 18 years with emotional, behavioural, social and psychological difficulties related to medical and chronic health conditions.

    Services provided include individual based psychological assessment and neuropsychological assessments and a range of individual and group therapeutic interventions for children/young people and families. The service also provides consultation, supervision, support and reflective practice as well as training; service development and research, service evaluations and audit.

    Referrals will be accepted through the Child Health single point of entry from a specific range of healthcare professionals involved in caring for children and young people.

    RISE NI (Regional Integrated Support for Education) is a multidisciplinary team that supports children in school by working closely with parents and school staff to help children develop foundation skills for learning. Children from P1 – P4 can be referred to this service by teachers (with parental consent).

    If you have any queries about Clinical Psychology Paediatric Services you can contact the Consultant Clinical Psychologist on Tel: (028) 92635771 or (028) 9151 0190

  • SET Scaffold Consultation and Therapeutic Service for Care Experienced

    Children and Young People

    This Consultant Clinical Psychologist led service is comprised of a Principal Social Worker Service Manager, Clinical Psychologists, Therapeutic Social Work Practitioners, an Advanced Practitioner (AP) Speech and Language Therapist and AP Occupational Therapist.  The five Scaffold teams across the region are specialist consultation and therapeutic services for children and young people with lived experience of care, and the networks that surround them.

    We accept referrals from Field Social Workers for young people up to the age of 18 years where there are concerns about social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties which are placing a significant strain on the family or placement; and early childhood history of trauma and attachment difficulties is impacting upon current emotional and relational functioning. All children and young people living within the seven mainstream residential homes of the SET receive a therapeutic care plan formulated and delivered in conjunction with their Residential and Field Social Workers and wider caregiving network.

    Referrals are made using the online referral form on the South Eastern HSC Trust intranet.

    If you have any queries about this service you can contact the team at Hilden Resource Centre, Lisburn on Tel: (028) 9266 7990

    ACORN Therapeutic Service: NI Secure Care

    Providing Acceptance, Connection, Opportunities and Relationships to meet individual Needs

    This service comprises of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Mental Health Practitioners, Social Worker and Occupational Therapy. We provide equivalent to Step 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) clinical care and enhanced therapeutic input to young persons admitted to either of the two regional secure care facilities; Lakewood Regional Secure Care Centre and Woodlands JJC.

    We offer supports and input to all children and young people admitted to NI Secure Care in line with identified needs and also the wider care giving network around them.

    If you have any queries about this service you can contact the team at Lakewood Regional Secure Care Centre, Bangor on Tel: (028) 91515473

  • Clinical Health Psychology Service

    The aim of this service is to offer psychological support to people who are experiencing emotional distress resulting from their physical health condition and its associated treatment/management. Services are offered to diabetes, ICU, chronic pain, oncology and plastic surgery patients who are aged 18 years or over.

    Services may be provided individually or in a group based format and include psychological assessment, individually tailored psychological therapies, consultation to health professionals and third sector organisations, training, and clinical supervision of staff offering psychosocial/psychological care.

    Referrals for diabetes, ICU, plastic surgery and chronic pain patients can be made by the person’s Consultant or a member of their hospital team only.

    Referrals to the service for patients with cancer can be made by the person’s Consultant, GP or any member of their health care team. Referrals can only be made for patients who are within 2 years of their cancer diagnosis or recurrence of cancer and who are being treated in the South Eastern Trust.

    If you have any queries about these services please contact:

    • Chronic Pain:(028) 9056 1340
    • Plastic Surgery:(028) 9055 3278
    • Diabetes & ICU:(028) 9055 3225
    • Cancer Services:(028) 9056 4810
  • Clinical Psychology Learning Disability Service

    This service offers assessments and interventions to children/young people (up to the age of 18 years) and their families for a range of difficulties including challenging behaviour, mental health difficulties, relationship difficulties, trauma, bereavement/loss and assessment of Learning Disability (LD).  We also provide some support and consultation to staff teams who work with children who have a LD.

    Referrals are accepted from GP’s, Psychiatry service for children with LD, Children’s Disability Teams, Education staff and Trust staff who work with children who have a LD.  For children and young people who are referred to the service who have not already been identified as having a LD, assessment will be carried out to establish if they meet criteria for a diagnosis of LD before any psychological assessments and/or therapy will be undertaken.

    If you have any queries about the service, please contact the service directly on (028) 9263 3328.

  • Clinical Psychology Service for Older People

    The Clinical Psychology Service for Older People (CPOP) is provided within the context of the multidisciplinary Mental Health Service to Older People (MHSOP) team.  The service is led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with two part-time Specialist Clinical Psychologists.

    Location of the Service

    We offer out-patient services in three locations across the Trust, namely Lisburn (at Lagan Valley Hospital), Downpatrick (at the Downe Hospital and the Downshire Estate) and Newtownards (at McQueen Home, Ards Community Hospital). We also see in-patients at Lagan Valley Hospital, the Downe Hospital and the Ulster Hospital. We can see clients in their own homes for initial assessment (by exception) with view to ongoing work at clinic.

    Target Groups/Age Limits

    We see individual clients who are aged 65 years and over, with or without a carer, as they prefer. Clients under 65 are considered when their needs are assessed as best met by an older people’s service (eg. Early onset memory difficulty / queried dementia). Our clients are referred by Psychiatrists working in the Mental Health Service for Older People. We also run groups targeting specific difficulties based on need (eg. Grief, Carer Stress).

    Presentations / Interventions

    Psychological Therapies

    We offer evidence based psychotherapeutic input to individual clients presenting with the full range of mental health problems but most commonly; anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, complex PTSD, complex personality issues, and adjustment difficulties. Given the complexity of cases, approaches are tailored to individual clients based on a comprehensive assessment and psychological formulation of difficulties. Psychological approaches integrate Cognitive Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

    Formulation / Strategy Meetings

    Clients will often be concurrently receiving care from other members of the multi-disciplinary team, most notably Psychiatrists and Community Psychiatric Nurses and we try to maintain good channels of communication. We offer psychological formulation sessions / reflective practice sessions for ward and community teams for complex and challenging cases.

    Neuropsychological Assessments / Behavioural Support

    We also offer a neuropsychological assessment service to aid in the differential diagnosis of dementia in complex cases. This involves the testing of memory and other cognitive functions as well as a comprehensive clinical assessment. Clients who are referred to this service are seen alone or with a partner/carer as they wish and the carer is involved in the assessment process from the history taking until the feedback stage with the client’s consent. As an adjunct to this service we provide advice in behavioural management for formal and informal carers.

  • Neurodisability Services

    Clinical Psychology services are provided within the following Neurodisability services:

    Community Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team

    This team consists of a range of healthcare professionals. Its main aim is to maximise independent functioning, psychological wellbeing and social functioning.

    Referrals are accepted from any healthcare professional within any care setting for individuals over the age of 18 years.

    Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn

    Thompson House Hospital is a specialist unit in Lisburn which provides nursing care and support services to individuals over the age of 18 with complex neurological illness and acquired brain injury. Inpatient services include respite, assessment and rehabilitation. Services are provided through a multidisciplinary approach and aims to maximise functional ability and independence of patients, with the overall goal of returning to live in the community. Referrals to Thompson House Hospital can be made by any professional involved with the individual and all referrals will be considered by the multidisciplinary team who will determine if the individual is suitable for the service.

    Community Stroke Team

    The Community Stroke Teams are specialised, multidisciplinary teams that provide rehabilitation following stroke.  The Team provides in reach into the Downe hospital, early supported discharge to appropriate patients on discharge from acute hospitals (intensive rehabilitation based on clinical reasoning and patient choice), and needs-led rehabilitation within the home environment.  The service aims to maximise each individual’s functional ability and independence, and to facilitate re-integration in the community.

    For further information about Clinical Psychology Neurodisability Services please contact the Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist on Tel: (028) 9151 1192

  • Psychological Therapies Team in Healthcare in Prison (HiP)

    We have a small, dedicated team delivering Psychological Therapies across the three Prison settings regionally, HMP Maghaberry, HMP Magilligan and HMP Hydebank Wood College (incorporating Ash House female prison) within Healthcare in Prison (HiP).

    HiP is an Integrated Primary Care model delivered by a highly motivated multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who want to make a difference, improve the health outcomes for all people in prison and make Northern Ireland a safer place. Improving and bettering the mental health, physical health and substance misuse needs of people in secure environments has the potential to improve their quality of life while inside and have a lasting impact on their health beyond release. This will have a further positive impact on the wider community. The team aims to provide opportunities for people to develop a positive attitude towards their health and well-being on an individual basis or through public health initiatives. The service is focused on providing care that is at least equivalent and consistent to that available within community GP led health centres and includes input from in-reach services. HiP staff work collaboratively with our partners including Northern Ireland Prison Service, and voluntary organisations to meet the needs of people in our care.

    HiP Mental Health Team is based on a stepped care mental health model to ensure people with common mental health disorders are helped to choose the most effective interventions and those requiring treatment that is more intensive may be referred on for Psychological Therapies. The Psychological Therapies Team provided individual based psychological assessment and neuropsychological assessments; a range of individual and group therapeutic interventions, consultation, supervision, support and reflective practice and training.


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Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies Department

Lisburn Health Centre
Linenhall Street
BT28 1LU

Call us(028) 9250 1326