Coral Lodge has a clinical psychologist and an assistant psychologist who offer individual therapy and group work.
They regularly attend multidisciplinary meetings on the ward, and contribute toward the understanding of complex individuals and the development of evidence-based approaches for managing challenging clinical issues.
Clinical psychology offers intervention for a range of problems, including managing low mood, anxiety and voices with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as longer term work on emotional and identity issues, using a more integrative approach such as cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), and other interventions tailored to the needs of the individual.
Psychology open group
We run a weekly open group for all Coral Lodge patients, where we discuss a different topic at each session. The emphasis is on improving understanding of the issues concerned and developing more effective ways of coping with difficulties.
The informal setting of the group encourages patients who do not regularly engage with psychology to make some initial steps towards doing so.
Although the group is open to all, some basic ground rules are in place to encourage attendees to focus on the topic and treat each other with respect.
Each patient participates in a minimum 25 hours of meaningful activity each week. We customise groups and activities around the needs and choice of patients in our care, and everyone is encouraged to participate at their own pace.
Four main themes inform our programme of groups and activities:
- Healthy lifestyles
- Physical wellbeing
- Creative expression.
We work in partnership with referrers, community colleagues, voluntary and independent sector services to deliver an integrated care pathway, with the overall aim of supporting patients to live well and safely in the community
Group activities such as fishing, cycling and golf are run by therapy staff to take them out of the confines of Coral Lodge.
Coral Lodge also benefits from the neighbouring Walled Garden, which operates as a garden centre, and is part of the Trust’s Flourish Enterprises – a developing social enterprise which enables patients to access meaningful work experience.
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