Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologists are trained in supporting people with more significant emotional needs who sometimes require formal evidence-based approaches to complex and/or severe emotional difficulties. They are trained at the doctoral level, are experts in human behaviour, and are often trained in several different models of understanding the problems people encounter.

In addition to providing individual psychological therapy, Clinical Psychologists also work indirectly with service users, providing training and consultations to other health professionals as well as having a role in developing services to support staff and service user’s psychological needs.

You are most likely to meet a Clinical Psychologist if:

  • You have had treatment for a mental health difficulty prior to coming under the care of the Palliative Care Team or Cancer Services
  • You are experiencing higher than expected levels of emotional distress (significant symptoms of depression or anxiety, or other diagnosable mental health condition)
  • You have already received other forms of emotional support that have not sufficiently addressed your needs
  • You have complex psychological needs
  • You have stated a preference for seeing a Clinical Psychologist
  • You wish to focus on changing behaviour which may require a specific behavioural plan, and may occur in the absence of significant emotional distress
  • A request for an appointment or visit cannot be accommodated by another team member within an appropriate time frame

Please ring the Counselling and Psychology Team on 0300 019 8096, or email us at if you feel it will be helpful to make an appointment with a Clinical Psychologist. Your healthcare professional may also make a referral on your behalf.


8th May 24

30th Anniversary Glass Flowers

The charity was delighted to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the launch of our stunning display of 1,000 handcrafted stained glass fritillaria flowers at Merley House in Wimborne.

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30th Apr 24

International success

We are delighted and proud to announce that Hazel Mack, our Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Team Lead, has had an article published in the April edition of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

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9th Apr 24

Haskins finish charity partnership on a high

Thank you to the incredible team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown for their outstanding support throughout our charity partnership in 2023.

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2nd Apr 24

Bouquet of Hope

Carnival Flowers in Wimborne is supporting Forest Holme this year with their Bouquet of Hope.

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27th Feb 24

Patient and families benefit from multi-functional chair beds

New multi-functional chair beds, a complementary therapy couch, riser-recliner chairs and dining room furniture are just some of the items purchased as part of a recent internal refurbishment thanks to the generosity of the local community.

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1st Feb 24

Cleaner retires after 19 years

We said a fond farewell to our cleaner Jackie, who bowed out this week to enjoy a well deserved retirement after 19 years at Forest Holme and a total of 28 years with NHS University Hospitals Dorset.

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