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Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists offer support to patients and their families at whatever stage of treatment it may be needed. They are available to discuss the emotional impact of living with NF2 and work with patients to maximise their coping and quality of life.

Clinical Psychologists have a doctorate in psychology and many years' experience in working with children and adults. They are specialists in dealing with a wide range of emotional issues and do this through assessment, talking therapies and one-off consultations.

Clinical Psychologists are not medical doctors, and do not prescribe medication.

Psychology appointments

Our Clinical Psychologists routinely meet with all patients and their families when they attend for annual review. This is an opportunity to address any concerns relating to the emotional impact of living with NF2.

For some this meeting is purely a check-in, a chance to review the past year and coping strategies that are working well.

It can also be an opportunity to raise specific psychological concerns. These may be addressed at the appointment or may benefit from treatment over a number of sessions.

Examples of the kind of issues a Psychologist can support you with include:

  • adjustment to the diagnosis of NF2
  • coping with an illness that has an uncertain course
  • anxiety about medical procedures
  • appearance-related concerns
  • treatment decision-making
  • anxiety in social situations (perhaps related to communication challenges or appearance)
  • support for family members
  • talking to others about the diagnosis.

In addition to the annual review, patients are welcome to request an appointment with the Psychologist via the team administrator or any team member throughout the year.

Psychologists in clinic

The focus of your clinic visits is your physical health; however as a team we are also interested in your emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

We know that this can be affected by a range of things including stress, day to day events and relationships as well as your physical state.

Where possible a Psychologist will be available in clinic to consider any concerns you may have. At times these can be addressed in the clinic meeting, and where appropriate it is also possible to see a Psychologist separately.