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.


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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10th Jan 24

Tree-mendous appeal success

Forest Holme Hospice Charity is delighted to announce that the Light Up A Life tree contributed to a total of £4,855 raised for the hospice.

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29th Nov 23

Award success

Congratulations to our fantastic Complementary Therapy Team, who came second and took the highly commended award in the recent Great British Care Awards.

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3rd Nov 23

Charity secures dedicated Reiki Therapist for patients

Forest Holme is delighted to announce it will be part-funding the role of the hospice’s reiki specialist, Kay Spears, alongside the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.

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1st Aug 23

Poppy’s Stall

10-year-old Poppy Thomas was thrilled to receive her certificate and medal from the charity for raising £150 from her fundraising stall.

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25th Jul 23

Forest Holme Refurbishment

We are excited to announce that our refurbishment project at Forest Holme Hospice will begin on Monday 31st July 2023.

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