Psychologists have done a degree and doctoral training in psychology and mental health. They can offer talking therapies (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy and family therapy) that help you (and your family) make sense of what’s been happening for you. They can support you to find different ways of thinking about and dealing with problems so that you feel more positive. They can also help with memory and thinking problems.
Dr Kathy Greenwood
I'm a clinical psychologist working in the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Brighton. I'm also the lead on the Early Youth Engagement (EYE) project, which has developed this website and the linked booklets.
Part of my week, I see young people and their relatives who use our service. I offer talking therapies, that aim to help people deal with the things that are bothering them by finding different ways of dealing with things and thinking about them. If people are OK to talk about whats bothering them and to try out new ways of dealing with things, this therapy can be really helpful.
I also help and support families, who are finding things difficult when their relative is using our services. Some of the things that come up when people are struggling, can be really difficult to deal with, especially if you're already really stressed. We offer family interventions to try to help everyone in the family to deal with stress and cope with life more easily.
Sometimes I assess people's memory and thinking abilities if they're finding it hard to concentrate at school, college or work. This can help them to understand any memory or thinking problems that may be making it especially difficult for them to work or study, and can help them to get the support they need to succeed.
In the other part of my week, I do research to try to break down stigma and promote engagement with mental health services and therapies, and to understand some of the things that lead to poor recovery, work and social life so that we can develop better and more useful treatments for young people with psychosis.
Outside work, I quite like running and I've just started learning to play guitar but I'm probably not very good at either!