Adult psychology service groups

Who we are and what we do

We are a small, experienced team consisting of clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, assistant psychologists, occupational therapists and trainee clinical psychologists. We provide a service to working-age adults who have been assessed and accepted by the Adult Psychology Service in secondary care (Community Mental Health Teams).

Courses are run via online groups and on an individual basis if clinical need indicates this.

For more information on who we are and what we do, watch this orientation video that explains in more detail.

How to contact us

Tel: 01305 361700 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

Email us at dhc.adultpsychology.groups@nhs.net 

 

Courses provided

Trauma stabilisation

An eight week course designed to promote safety and resilience. Stabilisation is part of the phased-based approach to trauma focused therapy. It provides psycho-education about PTSD and Complex-PTSD and teaches coping strategies within a safe, therapeutic environment.

 

Outcome measures to complete

Core 10
Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS)
PCL-5

 

Resources

Trauma stabilisation workbook - will be posted to participants

 

Pre recorded course video sessions

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

Audio

Dropping Anchor

Safe place meditation

Progressive muscle relaxation

Brief relaxation exercise

Mindfulness of sounds

3-step self-compassion break

Compassionate Colour

Soften, Soothe Allow

Soothing rhythm breathing

5,4,3,2,1

Coping with anxiety

A six week CBT based course that provides psycho-education for anxiety based disorders and teaches coping strategies within a safe, therapeutic environment.  It is suitable for people with a primary or secondary diagnosis of anxiety disorders and/ or panic disorder.

 

Outcome measures to complete

Core 10
Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS)
GAD

 

Resources

Coping with anxiety workbook - will be posted to participants

 

Pre recorded course video sessions

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Audio

Dropping Anchor

5,4,3,2,1

Progressive muscle relaxation

Body scan meditation

Understanding unusual experiences

A six week Social Recovery Oriented CBT course for all those with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychosis. It provides an opportunity to learn more about unusual experiences from a psychological perspective and to develop coping skills to help manage these.

 

Outcome measures to complete

Core 10
Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS)
Understanding Unusual Experiences Questionaire

 

Resources

Understand unusual experiences coursebook - will be posted to participants

Audio

Soothing rhythm breathing

Brief relaxation exercise

Compassionate mind group

A 12 week group that is helpful for people who experience self-criticism and shame associated with depression and/or trauma. The intention is for participants to develop their ability to regulate their emotional experience and cultivate a more compassionate response towards themselves and their difficulties.

 

Outcome measures to complete

Core10
Work and Social Adjsutment Scale (WSAS)
Fears of Commpassion Scale (FCS)
Self-criticising/attacking and Self-reassuring Scale (FSCRS)

 

Resources

Compassionate mind booklet – will be posted to participants

 

Audio

Mindful awareness

Soothing rhythm breathing

Connecting with your senses

Safe place

Compassionate other

SRB/Safe place/ Comp other medley

Qualities of compassion

Compassionate flow from self to others

Compassionate flow from others to self                                        

Community resources

Have your say

On completion of a course we would be grateful if you could provide anonymous course feedback. This will help us to know what we are doing well and what we need to develop.

For compliments and suggestions: Dorset HealthCare Patient experience

For concerns and complaints: Dorset HealthCare Concerns and complaints

Adult psychology service