Clinical Psychology Consultations

Some of the most challenging menopause symptoms are the ones you can’t see. An array of psychological symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor concentration and irritability can be overbearing and debilitating, impacting on your physical health as well as affecting relationships at home and in the workplace.

Our Clinical Psychologist works with women to develop their own knowledge and coping skills to enable them to manage the physical symptoms associated with the menopause as well as the psychological aspects of the transition.

What Will Happen in Psychology Appointments?

Psychological therapy is a space for you to simply check in with yourself. Just as we take responsibility to look after our physical health and wellbeing by visiting the GP, the dentist, participating in fitness or yoga classes and even visiting our local salon, our emotional wellbeing and state of mind deserves investment and attention also.

Clinical Psychologists are trained to assess and treat mental health conditions across the lifespan using a variety of evidence-based psychological approaches. Psychological therapy has been shown to be effective to help with various challenges such as anxiety, low mood, OCD tendencies, panic and sleep issues. Psychological approaches are also used effectively to support those going through emotional adjustments triggered by life experiences such as physical health diagnoses, complicated bereavements, work-related stresses, a traumatic event, parenting challenges and relationship difficulties.

The services of our Clinical Psychologist at Menopause Health Matters offer an opportunity to apply those evidence-based psychological therapies in an integrative manner to support those going through peri-menopause and menopause with the common psychological and emotional difficulties that can arise during this time.
Everyone’s situation is unique, and the initial appointment is an ‘assessment’ where you can share your situation and what you are seeking from therapy, allowing a deeper understanding of what will help. Attending this appointment does not commit either party to ongoing therapy sessions but allows both to consider the best way forward to achieve your goals. The number of sessions required will vary from person to person, depending on their unique issues and goals for therapy.

Within the Menopause Health Matters clinic, a short course of therapy could focus on learning specific practical tools and psychological techniques to help manage troublesome day-to-day symptoms. Psychological therapy could also be used as a space to reflect on deeper issues that commonly transpire during this life stage; a chance to re-evaluate your values, explore new insights or perspectives, and work towards making small (or big) changes so that this next chapter of life feels fulfilling and meaningful to you. It can also be a space to process particularly traumatic events or old issues from the past that may now be coming to the surface, using recommended trauma-focussed approaches such as CBT or EMDR.

The clinic offers clients a safe space to share your story, to offer empathy and respect by listening carefully to your situation and tailoring an approach most suited to your needs and goals. This would be done at your pace, and all work reviewed collaboratively throughout your therapeutic journey.

Accessing psychological support is not a judgment on your mental health or your ability to cope. Rather, it as an acknowledgement of the significance of this life stage and a chance to give you the time and space you deserve as you navigate this juncture.

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Below are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. If there is any further information you require then please contact us directly.

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For women who prefer not to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have contraindications, several alternatives can help manage menopause symptoms. Lifestyle modifications can be beneficial, such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and managing stress. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and other forms of psychotherapy can assist in coping with mood changes and emotional well-being. Non-hormonal medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may help with hot flushes and mood symptoms. Certain herbal remedies, such as black cohosh and red clover, are also popular alternatives. Additionally, non-hormonal vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can alleviate vaginal dryness. It’s crucial to discuss these alternatives with a healthcare provider to determine the most suitable options based on individual symptoms and medical history.

Menopause can be a contributing factor to the development or exacerbation of depression in some women. The hormonal changes that occur during menopause, including fluctuations in oestrogen and progesterone levels, can influence brain chemistry and potentially contribute to mood disturbances. Additionally, menopause is often accompanied by other challenges such as sleep disturbances, hot flushes, and physical discomfort, which can impact emotional well-being. However, it’s important to note that not all women experience depression during menopause, and individual experiences may vary. If experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or other depressive symptoms, it is recommended to seek evaluation and support from a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. At Menopause Health Matters you can have an in depth consultation with our clinical psychologist who can tailor a treatment plan specific to your individual needs and preferences.

Menopause can contribute to feelings of anxiety in many women. Hormonal changes during menopause, particularly the decline in oestrogen levels, can affect neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood and emotions. Fluctuating hormone levels may lead to increased anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. Other factors associated with menopause, such as sleep disturbances, hot flushes, and physical discomfort, can also contribute to feelings of anxiety. However, it’s important to note that not all women experience anxiety during menopause, and individual experiences may vary. If anxiety symptoms become severe or significantly impact daily life, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and appropriate management.

You do not need a referral from your GP to attend the Clinic. A detailed health history will be taken prior to your initial consultation.

Menopause consultations are currently not covered by private insurance companies.

Please bring details of any medication or supplements that you are presently taking. If you have had any blood tests done by your GP, please bring copies of the results. This may avoid unnecessary repetition and cost.

You are welcome to bring an adult relative, friend or supporter to your consultation or procedure should you wish. If you prefer your companion to wait outside, we have a private and comfortable waiting area with refreshments. To respect the privacy and comfort of our other clients we politely request that that you bring no more than one person to accompany or wait with you at any time.

Following each consultation, you will be emailed a written summary of your assessment and management plan. This can also be emailed to your GP at your request and provided you supply us with your GP surgery email address. Alternatively, we can print off a copy for you to drop in to your GP surgery.

The Mirena coil can be fitted by one of our doctors in our discreet and comfortable specialist Medical Suite.

We provide blood drawing with our experienced phlebotomist at the Clinic.

Barns Crescent car park (KA7 2AY) is within a 2 minute walk of the clinic.

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Menopausal women are, demographically, the fastest growing group of workers in the UK. We offer personalised care for your employees and our team highly skilled professionals dedicate the time to understand and treat their individual needs.

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Our services and advice are provided for non-urgent circumstances only and it is not possible to contact any of our clinicians outwith appointment times. Any client or prospective client whose needs require more urgent or multidisciplinary support should contact their GP in the first instance.

In case of any medical or mental health emergency including risk of suicide, please call 999 or attend your nearest Accident and Emergency department. The following services may also be contacted:

NHS 24 – 111
This service is available to give help and advice if your GP surgery is closed and you cannot wait until it re-opens.

Samaritans – 116 123;
This service provides twenty-four hour emotional support to individuals who are suicidal or in crisis.