Living with cystic fibrosis can affect the things you want to do or feel you should be doing, as well as your relationships and family life. Life can also create challenges in looking after yourself and your health. At these times, we can meet you to help build support resources and maximise your wellbeing - this includes your mental as well as physical health.
Clinical psychologists are trained in understanding how the way we think, feel and behave all relate to each other. We also look at how this relates to our bodies and physical health.
Sometimes we will meet with you at annual reviews to check how you are coping, or you can ask to see one of us at any time. We would usually meet you in the cystic fibrosis unit or speak by telephone.
Our clinical psychology sessions are confidential, unless information is essential to your treatment or safety, and notes are kept separately from medical notes.
Dr Alison Pearce, consultant clinical psychologist
Alison is a consultant clinical psychologist and registered systemic psychotherapist (previously known as a family therapist). This training helps her work with couples, families and teams. Alison is also involved in developing research to help understand how people cope with cystic fibrosis.
Dr Laura Davis. clinical psychologist
Laura has worked in the cystic fibrosis service since 2015 and in NHS psychology services since 2010. She has worked with clients with a range of physical health, mental health, cognitive and learning needs. Laura has an interest in narrative and attachment approaches; exploring the stories that people hold about themselves and their health.