How is the Service accessed?
You will need to be referred by your GP or another mental health professional within NHS Forth Valley.
Who we are?
The Adult Psychological Therapies team consists of a number of dedicated and experienced psychological therapists including: Clinical Psychologists, Nurse Therapists, Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, CBT therapists, Counsellors, Assistant and Trainee Psychologists from accredited courses. We also have experienced and friendly colleagues providing administrative support.
Who do we help?
We help people with moderate to severe mental health problems. These may include:
- PTSD and other trauma related difficulties
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic attacks
What we do?
In Adult Psychological Therapies, we offer a range of different therapies with the aim to provide person centred care tailored to specific conditions. We use evidence-based practice to work with a range of conditions.
What treatment does the Service provide?
Treatment is provided in a number of ways:
- Computer based therapy
- Group treatment
- Individual treatment
Your therapist will discuss the best options with you, following your assessment.
Most treatments will encourage you to:
- Explore your difficulties
- Agree aims for treatment
- Complete tasks between appointments
- Learn how to cope with difficult situations
Where will appointments be?
Appointments are held in a private room either at one our bases (see below) or at a GP practice/health centre.
What will happen at the first appointment?
Your first appointment will be an assessment appointment and will last up to 60 minutes.
We can provide this using video ‘Near Me’ appointments powered by ‘Attend Anywhere’, a secure NHS virtual consultation service, telephone appointments and face to face appointments.
A summary of this meeting will be discussed with you and a report sent to the person that referred you. If the assessment indicates that you would benefit from psychological intervention, treatment options will be discussed with you. Should our Service be unable to meet your needs, we will discuss alternative options available to you.
How long are people in contact with the Service?
Individual sessions usually last between 45 minutes and an hour and group sessions last for approximately 2 hours. Sessions are conducted on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Treatment is time limited. Progress depends on regular attendance, it is therefore important that you attend all appointments given to you. Missed appointments are a significant issue for the NHS. If you ever need to cancel or change an appointment, please do this as soon as you possibly can. Individuals who miss appointments without telling us will be discharged from the service. Our guidelines on attendance will be discussed more fully at your first appointment.
All NHS staff have a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We keep information about your contact with the Service in paper and electronic form and it is held securely. Only staff involved in your care will be able to look at your records and we can check who has looked at your electronic record.
The person that referred you to the service will be kept informed about your treatment and at times we might be required to exchange information with other professionals involved in your care. On occasion, we are required by law to share confidential information out with the NHS. If this happens, we will make every effort to keep you informed.
Where is Adult Psychological Therapies based?
Our team has 3 bases:
- Mayfield Building Falkirk Community Hospital, our appointments are all currently held remotely.
Telephone Number: 01324 614 347 / Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
- No 2 the Bungalows, Larbert
Telephone Number: 01324 574321 / Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
- Stirling Health & Care Village
Telephone Number: 01786 434499 / Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Useful Websites and Resources
If you are concerned about somebody who may be at immediate risk out with these hours, contact either your local GP surgery, NHS 24 (dial 111) or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
For further information the following websites and resources may be helpful.
- NHS inform provides helpful information regarding specific health conditions, alongside links to other organisations.
- Please see the Psychological Therapies page which includes websites and resources covering a wide range of mental health issues.
- NHS Inform Self-help guides – Both physical and mental self-help guides can be found at NHS Inform.
- Carers Centres provides information and support to carers of all ages.
– Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre
– Stirling Area
- Steps for Stress
- Get Self Help
- Psychology Tools
- 478 Breathing to aid sleep
- Guided Mindfulness Meditation- 5 minutes of Relaxation
- 5 Minute Quick Anxiety Reduction – Guided Mindfulness Meditation
- The Honest Guys- to aid sleep
- Virtual Hope Box
- Self Help
- NHS 24 – 111
- Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87
- Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90