Individual Psychological Intervention:

Children // Adolescents // Adults

Who can be referred?

I consider referrals for young people (primary and secondary school age), and adults who are experiencing psychological distress.

I also have experience of working individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Learning Disability and associated mental health problems (including anxiety and low mood). Please note I do not offer a diagnostic service for ASD, but I will consider referrals for intervention and therapy. 

I do a lot of therapeutic work with adolescents, university students and people who are currently off work due to stress or another mental health difficulty. 

What type of mental health difficulties do I offer psychological therapy for?

This is a complex question as each case must be treated individually but common presentations I work with are:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Trauma 

  • Work-related stress

  • School anxiety

  • Behaviour difficulties

  • Sleep problems

  • Relationship problems (not couples therapy)

  • Complex Grief 

  • Transitions 

This list is not exhaustive, and sometimes people want some support after a difficult life event, or to improve their understanding of themselves. Reasons for attending psychological therapy are wide and varied. 

We all have our own stories and experiences that impact on our mental health and wellbeing. A range of factors influence why or when someone may access professional help. Everyone comes to therapy with their own unique story. There is no wrong path.  

What happens at the first appointment?

At the first appointment, I will complete a comprehensive psychological assessment. I will ask some questions about different areas of your life such - it usually lasts 90 minutes. This will help to highlight the main difficulties, and possible treatment options. As a Clinical Psychologist, I work collaboratively with clients to formulate a treatment plan. This means we can discuss the type of treatment required, and the likely number of sessions we will meet for. 

If I do not think that therapy is suitable, I will discuss this openly with you. If I think you require urgent or emergency care, I have a duty of care to advise you of this.

Types of Treatment I Offer:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Psychological therapy is often a blend of the above, dependent on the assessment and psychological formulation. 

Corstorphine Psychology Services

3 Coates Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7AA

drelainesmith@protonmail.com

0131 261 9191

Useful Numbers

Edinburgh Crisis Centre (24hrs)

0808 801 0414

07974 429 075 (text)

Childline 0800 1111

Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87

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