Welcome to the Paediatric Psychology Service
Living with a health condition or injury can be a very challenging experience for children, young people and families. It is not uncommon to go through a range of different thoughts and feelings about your health, which can impact on mood, well-being and quality of life.
We are a team of Clinical Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Counsellors and Youth Workers who offer confidential emotional support to help you manage difficult feelings about your health, such as worry, anger and low mood. We can also offer support with adjusting to illness and injury, managing treatment plans and procedures and coping with pain/discomfort.
What We Do
We support a wide range of difficulties relating to different medical conditions:
- Low mood relating to your medical condition and/or treatment
- Anxiety about medical procedures
- Pain which is difficult to control through medication alone
- Problems with sleeping
- Difficulties with feeding / eating
- Coping with isolation
- Body image concerns
- Difficulties adjusting to a diagnosis
- Low mood about being in hospital
- Parental worries about a child’s health
- Behaviour management
- Difficulties with family relationships
- Worries about school
- Acquired brain injuries
- Cognitive and learning impairment
We work with inpatients and outpatients at Leeds General Infirmary or St James’s University Hospital and start by offering an initial assessment. We will listen and talk to you about the things you may be finding difficult and other aspects about your life that are important, such as family, school/college. We can then make a plan to help.
We recognise it can sometimes feel very difficult to talk through personal thoughts and feelings; however, we are experienced clinicians who are trained to listen. We go at your pace and you are welcome to bring a family member or carer along with you, if helpful.
First sessions usually last an hour to an hour and a half. Some people attend for a one-off appointment, other young people and families see us more often. We keep a written summary of discussions and all information is stored securely. We only share what we have talked about with professionals involved in your care.
To speak to a member of our team you will need to be under the care of a medical Consultant at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. You may ask your medical team or GP to refer you.