Health Psychology

Health Psychology

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Who are we?

Our team is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Arts and Music Therapists and a Paediatric Psychiatrist. We are all trained to understand how people think, feel and behave. We work with medical and surgical teams within the hospital, including your child's doctors and nurses and sometimes with other staff teams your child might see (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists). 

Parents/Carers

What can we help with?

  • Supporting children, young people and their families manage the challenges that can arise from living with a medical condition.
  • Working with young people and families who have experienced sudden physical injuries.
  • Coping with treatments that a young person and family may feel worried about including; coping with needles, taking tablets, having surgery and other medical tests.
  • Managing symptoms such as pain, tiredness and bodily changes.
  • Dealing with feelings related to a young person's condition, like feeling different, sad or worried.
  • Helping young people and their families to discuss, understand, consider and reach decisions about treatment. 
  • Coping with how a young person's condition affects their life, including school, family and friendships.

How do we do this?

  • One to one meetings with children, young people and families. Sometimes we also meet with children/young people on their own. 
  • We run groups where we invite people who are having similar difficulties to share experiences and learn from each other. 
  • We can speak with other professionals involved in your care, like school and medical teams.

How do I get to Alder Hey Health Psychology?

We are based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. We offer appointments in the main hospital and/or in our outpatient department, not far from the main hospital building. When we send you an appointment, we will be sure to include a map of how to find us.

Children and Young People

This section of our website is for YOU, the young people whose healthcare is looked after by medical or surgical teams at Alder Hey.

One of your teams based at the hospital may have suggested you come and meet with someone from our team. Perhaps you are wondering what that might be like. Let's answer some questions you might have:

What happens in Alder Hey Health Psychology?

  • We understand that living with a health condition can involve lots of different feelings.
  • We listen to how young people are feeling about their health condition or medical needs.
  • You might see a member of our team on your own or with your parents/guardians.
  • We will ask you some questions so we can learn about you and find the best ways to work together.
  • We often invite young people to groups if they are interested. This a great opportunity to meet other young people who are having similar experiences to you.
  • Sometimes, we also work with your parents and other members of your family.
  • Sometimes, we speak to other people who are part of your life too, like your teachers or the people in your medical team.

What can the team help me with?

  • We can give advice on how to improve things that may be upsetting or worrying you
    • Adjusting to the news you have a health condition or injury
    • Living with a health condition and the symptoms you experience
    • Making decisions about treatment
    • Coping with treatments you might find tricky, like having needles or taking tablets
  • We can help you learn about your feelings and find ways to help you manage them.
  • We might work with you to improve your confidence and how you feel about yourself.
  • We often help young people identify goals and explore ways to achieve them.
  • Sometimes, young people are referred to our team for a cognitive assessment which helps us understand strengths and challenges with skills such as memory and attention.

Who will I see?

Our team is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Art and Music Therapists and a Paediatric Psychiatrist. We are all trained to understand how people think, feel and behave. We work with medical and surgical teams within the hospital, including your doctors and nurses and sometimes with other staff teams you might see (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists).

How do I get to Alder Hey Health Psychology? 

We are based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. We offer appointments in the main hospital and/or in our outpatient department, not far from the main hospital building. When we send you an appointment we will be sure to include a map of how to find us.

How do I get a referral? 

If you would like a referral to our service, this will need to be made by your medical or surgical consultant, or another member of your medical team. Please talk to them about this.


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