Psychology Overview - The Optimum Health Clinic

Psychology Overview

Click play on the video below to watch a short introductory video with Jess Thompson, Head of Psychology

 

The OHC approach over the years has been to systematically research and test as many approaches as possible and pull them together in the most effective approach possible.  Having been at the forefront of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) based approaches to optimising health, relaxation and well being for the last nine years and more recently combining these with traditional approaches to treating ME/CFS, the team have a unique perspective.

The majority of practitioners in the OHC psychology team have had their own personal experience of ME/CFS, which gives them a real understanding of the kind of challenges that patients are dealing with.

A great benefit of working with the OHC psychology team is that they have decades of experience between them, and so when you are consulting with one practitioner, they have the experience of the entire team to draw upon. The team are constantly attending new trainings and seminars and researching new pyschology protocols – their approach to their own skills as practitioners is: “constant and never ending improvement.


Click play on the video below to watch a short video with Alex and Anna, the former director of psychology, about the role of psychology in ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia

Questions about the OHC psychology department and ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia

What is ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia?

ME, CFS and Fibromylagia are a complex group of illnesses that affect different people in different ways. The labels themselves can be confusing, with different research groups, medical practitioners and organsiations preferring different labels.

Research suggests that this group of illnesses are the result of a number of different subgroups and imbalances, with each person having a unique picture of what is going on for them.

The OHC Psychology team at a department meeting.

What does the OHC psychology department do?

The OHC psychology team specialise in helping you get your body into the optimum state to support making the changes you want to make. This can range from techniques to calming the nervous system, to working on underlying emotional patterns to learning to listen to your body.

Is there any evidence that the OHC approach helps people?

Yes there is. Every case is different, and we very strongly believe in understanding each person as an individual. Initially, we relied on customer feedback and studying individual case studies (many of which you can read on the site). More recently, we have been conducting research studies on our approach, and you can read some of the findings here.

This website talks a lot about ME and CFS, does the OHC Approach also work with Fibromyalgia?

Yes, to find out more, visit the below links for further information:

Psychology and Fibromyalgia
Nutrition and Fibromyalgia

How do sessions work?

We offer three different treatment options through our psychology department.

The 90 Day Programme: This is the clinic’s groundbreaking psychology based training course for M.E. – please click here for full details.

 

 

Telephone Treatment Programme: The “Telephone Treatment Programme” lasts around three months (although there is flexibility for patients to adjust this as appropriate), and serves as the best possible kickstart to treatment on the psychology side for patients unable to attend the clinic or a 90 Day Programme. Please click here for full details.

 

Ad-hoc sessions: These take place at the clinic at our North London Training Centre. Initial sessions are usually 1 ½ – 2 hours, and follow ups an hour. Please click here for full details.

 

Psychology Frequently Asked Questions: We have answered a number of the most frequently asked questions about the Psychology department. Click here for full details.

What should I do next?

We encourage all prospective patients to request a Free Information Pack and to then book a Free 15 Minute Chat.