Psychology, and science, tends to use words that are large and often confusing for those that aren’t familiar with the language. Acronyms such as CBT (for cognitive behavioural therapy), EMDR (for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing), ACT (for acceptance and commitment therapy), and many many more used to abbreviate therapeutic approaches and can clash with acronyms from other facets of life (i.e. CBT can be compulsory basic training for motorcycles).
Psychologists are often deemed to work with complex presentations, such as depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, and psychosis. Yet not many consider how Health Psychology is used within physical health settings as it’s less mainstream: although, Health Psychology is practised within most major hospitals to support people with a myriad of long term health conditions, complex diagnoses, and suchlike.
My specialism within the NHS is Chronic Pain and I work as part of a world-class team supporting hundreds of people a year to deal with chronic pain conditions. The place where people are referred when there’s no medical interventions remaining.
Within my private practice my specialism is Trauma, and gut-focused psychology. I’ve worked with patients with complex and simple traumas, as well as having an international client base for people with treatment resistant IBS.
The purpose of this knowledge library is to answer some questions that you may not have realised needed answering. To demystify health psychology. And provide a rationale for my existence as a practitioner psychologist working with physical health field.