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Psychology Department

Psychology Department – for Bloomsbury Patients

Like anyone, people living with HIV can face difficulties and challenges at times. Many have found that talking to one of our specialist Psychologists has helped them make really positive changes in their lives.

In a survey about the service, 98% said they would recommend it to others and 97% felt it had made a significant difference.

  • “Very friendly, made me feel at ease”
  •  “It really helped me to talk to someone about what I was going through”
  •  “My therapist was non-judging and compassionate”

Our Psychologists specialise in supporting people living with HIV with issues related to HIV and sexual health:

  • Adjusting to and living with HIV or Hep C
  • Feeling down, anxious or worried about HIV
  • Dilemmas about telling someone about your diagnosis
  • Worries about starting medication or difficulties taking medication
  • Anxieties about needles, blood tests, or examinations
  • Helping you feel in control – including negotiating safer sex, managing recreational drug use or building sexual confidence

The psychologists aren’t medical doctors, so don’t prescribed medication, but use a range of different counselling and therapy approaches, depending on the problem.

 

How do I know if it’s right for me?

Any of the Bloomsbury doctors, nurses, health advisers or patient representatives can help you decide if the service is right for you and organise an assessment.

The psychologists understand that talking about personal matters like sex and sexual health can feel strange or embarrassing. However, they are used to talking about these issues and will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

 

What happens at the initial assessment?

You will usually be offered an assessment within one to two weeks. This assessment lasts an hour and will help the psychologist find out more about your particular situation and the best way forward for you.

 

How long will I have to wait?

There is usually a short wait after the assessment for your first therapy appointment but they can give you advice about other types of support available in the meantime.

Appointments are between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday –  with some evening appointments available. Please note that they are unable to see people who are already having counselling or therapy elsewhere.

OTHER WAYS TO GET HELP.

www.sextherapylondon.nhs.uk

This site offers a free, confidential discreet online consultation sex therapy service.

There are 7 interactive programmes to choose from and there is no direct contact with a therapist. The programmes are for men and women of all sexualities:

  • Confidence in getting/keeping erections
  • Controlling when you come/ejaculate
  • Overcoming pain during vaginal sex
  • Overcoming pain during anal sex
  • Female orgasms
  • Improving sex drive
  • Addressing sexual addiction
  • Changing sexual behaviour

What do the online programmes involve?

Each programme provides you with an opportunity to find out more about your body, understand how a problem may have developed, discover therapy techniques and build on experiences to improve your sex life and regain your sexual confidence.

Confidentiality You are not asked to supply any information which could identify you personally, such as your name, email address or date of birth. You will remain totally anonymous when using the website.

If you wish to use this service, speak to Reception and you will be allocated your unique username and password to visit www.sextherapylondon.nhs.uk and begin the process

www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/

These self help booklets have been developed by the NHS and are available free on line. The topics covered include:  Abuse, Alcohol, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Panic Attacks,  Post Natal Depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Prisoner Anxiety and Self Harm.

The Patient Representatives can also refer you for personal one to one counselling to external organisations and charities for a range of issues : 020 3317 5177

 

 

 

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