“Health Psychologists are specially trained to help people deal with the psychological

and emotional aspects of health and illness”

www.bps.org.uk/dhp

Living with a long-term health condition can be very challenging, and it is important to look after your mental well-being as well as your physical body, so that the two work in harmony together.

It is not unusual for people with long term health conditions to experience a range of difficulties that they may find difficult to cope with, such as chronic pain, poor sleep, anxiety and low mood amongst other things.

Sometimes, the challenge of a new health condition can ‘reawaken’ previous anxieties or problems. People may find themselves dwelling on things from the past once again.

Often, people have to see health professionals like doctors and nurses far more than they would like to! Adapting to this can be difficult, especially when this interferes with your everyday life, and people frequently say that they haven’t ‘accepted’ their health condition.

Using a range of evidence-based health psychological approaches, and drawing from a range of therapeutic traditions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness techniques, I can help you to work on the things that are important and meaningful to you in your life, in order to achieve a balanced physical and mental well-being.

Whilst it may not be possible to change a physical illness, it is possible to develop effective skills to help you cope with symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Health Promotion

You may feel that you want to make some changes to your life, either physically or psychologically. Whilst these sound like a great idea, they can be really hard to put into practice and continue to do!

Perhaps you would like to change your lifestyle by changing your diet, taking more exercise or giving up smoking?

You may want to find a way to be more ‘relaxed’ or cope with the stresses and strains of modern life in a more effective way.

I can help you to identify what you would realistically like to achieve, and how certain barriers may stop you from getting there, and which facilitators positively help you to achieve what you want.

Together, we can agree an effective plan that will put you in control of your life and values, helping you to make the changes you want to see.

Individual Therapy

I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds.  This includes not just the client, but sometimes their spouse or partner, carer, or even workplace colleagues. I also support healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses who work with patients and their families.

How it works:

If you would like to make an enquiry, or simply get more information, please contact me for a free no obligation chat. You can telephone; email or message me from this website. Please see the contact section. If you have medical insurance, I am a registered fee assured provider with BUPA; Western Provident Association and General and Medical. See  https://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/dr_elizabeth_hale

If I am not able to take your telephone call, please leave a message with your name and contact details.

I will respond to your enquiry usually within 48 hours, to discuss your requirements.

My standard fees are usually £100 per session, however, there are a limited number of flexible payment slots. Please do telephone or email to see if I can help. 

 

What happens if I come to see you?

If you would like to make an appointment you will have the option of coming to see me at my welcoming office in Pershore, or having a telephone or video call appointment.

It is important that you find a therapist with whom you will feel safe, secure and comfortable. Trust and openness can take time to develop, so I will gently ask you questions about what you would like help with, and find out a little bit about you and your circumstances. You will be able to take things at your own pace.

How long does therapy last?

How many appointments you need will depend upon what you would like help with, and if you decide to proceed, we will agree a plan that suits you and your circumstances.

Some people may only need one appointment and others may need longer support. Usually people need about eight appointments, but it is very variable. We can space these out over a period of time that suits you, but you may need to see me more frequently at the beginning (perhaps weekly or fortnightly), and less frequently towards the end of therapy. You may have specific plans to try out in between appointments, so we will agree the time needed for these.

Life can be very busy, but it is important that you value yourself and set aside the time for your own self-care. 

Appointments last for 1 hour; this is made up of 50 minutes talking time, and 10 minutes at the end to pay and re-book the next appointment. The first appointment is paid in advance, thereafter on the day of the appointment.

If you decide to arrange an appointment with me, I will send you confirmation of the appointment time and date by email or text message. I will also send you my full Terms and Conditions which gives you more information about how psychologists and clients work together to achieve a meaningful outcome for you. You will also receive a copy of my  Privacy Policy.   

 

Please note: Jigsaw Health Psychology does not currently take work that either links to or results in court action.

The Division of Health Psychology provides a useful information guide about the training and skills of the health psychologist. This can be downloaded for free from: 

https://www.bps.org.uk/member-microsites/division-health-psychology/resources