Dr Michelle Sowden: Psychology
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Dr Michelle Sowden

Psychology

 

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Overview

Specialises in

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness based CBT

About me

My clinical practice is about helping people cope with the challenges brought about by changes in their physical health and well-being so that they can make the most of life. This may mean coming to terms with a difficult diagnosis, coping with medical and surgical intervention, making lifestyle changes to accommodate the effects of the illness and reduce the risk of further ill health or disability. After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1993, I gained experience in community mental health, day hospital and acute services with Heathlands Mental Health Trust, before moving to Frimley Park Hospital in 1995, to take up a post specialising in the psychological care of patients with physical health problems. I am the Consultant leading the service and I have set up and developed a clinical psychology service across the hospital, developing experience across a wide range of specialities.

I have a keen interest in promoting and enhancing psychological well-being especially for people experiencing critical or life changing illness.

I strongly believe that good psychological care should be embedded in patient care at all levels of the service. To this end I have been actively working with the local Critical Care and Cancer Networks and I have delivered extensive training for physical health care staff across a range of specialities. I also contribute to training clinical psychologists on the doctorate course at the University of Surrey and have taught on the MSc in Palliative Care there. Our book entitled CBT for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care: A Workbook and Toolkit, was published by Wiley in 2008 and is used as a textbook by a range of training providers.

Areas of interest

I offer psychological therapy to help people cope with and recover from physical illness and traumatic events. This includes anxiety, depression and psychological trauma triggered by acute or long term changes in health, well-being or body image, critical illness, accidents, assaults, undergoing unpleasant treatments or procedures, complications of childbirth and other sources of traumatic physical or psychological injuries. People seek help for symptoms including anxiety, depression, psychological trauma (e.g. nightmares, flashbacks, feeling on edge all the time), pain and fatigue, poor sleep, poor body image, low self-esteem or difficulties letting go of feelings of anger or guilt after unwanted events or changes in health; I offer help in coping with a range of difficult and stressful events including stress at work and to boost general psychological well-being.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Cardiac conditions
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gynaecological disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Oncology
  • Pain management
  • Psychophysiological disorders
  • Physical disability
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Complications of childbirth
  • Assaults, accidents and torture

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Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (1-5)

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