Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, much of our work is being completed through video and telephone consultation.

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Welcome to the Dental and Oral-maxillofacial Trauma Psychology Service

Our team of specialist Psychologists have joined with various specialities in the Royal London Dental Hospital, and Whipps Cross Hospital, to provide psychological pathways of care for individuals of all ages undertaking dental, oral and maxillofacial treatments. This may involve assessing body image and appearance-related concerns, expectations and understanding of surgery, coping ability and skills, dental anxiety or phobias, as well as any other mental health concerns that may impact the treatment process.

We provide individually tailored support to service users, and their families, in the aim of promoting treatment compliance, postoperative adjustment and holistic health.


How Can A Psychologist Help Me?

Psychologists are trained healthcare professionals who help people cope with psychological difficulties, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Psychologists use a wide range of psychological treatments that are evidence-based. One of these is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In our service we also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a treatment specifically for people who have experienced trauma.


How Can I Access DOT-Psychology Services

If you would like to engage with a DOT-P Psychologist, you can speak to the clinician involved in your dental, oral or maxillofacial care. Please be aware that we will get in touch if you agree to the referral. You are able to change your mind at any point, without this affecting your care or treatment.


What Happens When I am Referred?

We will contact you to arrange an appointment for an assessment. During the assessment, the Psychologist will talk with you about your concerns and how we may be able to help you. If therapy would be useful, the Psychologist will arrange further appointments with you. 

Appointments can be scheduled weekly or fortnightly and they last up to one hour. We offer appointments Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.



Appointments for psychological interventions typically last between 30 minutes to one hour, and are usually held on a weekly or fortnightly basis. They can be arranged more, or less frequently, if required.

Therapy can be delivered face to face, by telephone or video call via the NHS Attend Anywhere platform.

The first appointment is called an assessment and is generally about getting to know you. At this stage you will have the opportunity to tell us your story and any concerns you may have. Together yourselves and your therapist will think about what you might need, whether therapy will be helpful and explore the goals you would like to work towards.


A Note on Confidentiality

Your visits with the Psychologist and information on your appointments are private and confidential; they will only be available to the healthcare professionals that are directly involved in your care. However, if there is something you would not like the psychologist to share with other professionals, we will do our best to respect your wishes. If we believe that you or someone that you know is at risk or unsafe, we have a legal responsibility to share this with relevant professionals. In such cases, we will do our best to let you know about it.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Royal London Dental Hospital.

Please note we are not an emergency mental health service. We are unable to respond to any urgent mental heath concerns. If you are in crisis, please contact your GP , the NELFT crisis team on 0800 995 1000, or please attend your local A&E Service.

You can also telephone Saneline* on 0845 767 8000 (12noon - 2am).

*Residents of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham or Havering. 


    “The support they have offered to our patients has revolutionised the care we provide." — Clinical Director for Dentistry, OMFS & Ophthalmology

  • "I have really enjoyed my last 6 months on this placement. I have had a huge range of experiences and opportunities to observe and take on work within not only PDOT-psychology but Orthognathic and adult teams. Alongside the clinical work I have undertaken, I have learnt so much from working in a new service in terms of service development, including developing the foundations of an appearance-related distress group. I’ve also been able to get involved in staff support as well as MDT liaison and working. My previous experience on training has sat within an IAPT team and focused a lot on therapy alone. I really feel like this placement has given me a flavour of the role of clinical psychologist. Thank you!” - PDOT-P Trainee Clinical Psychologist

  • “The support the team has offered to their dental colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic, through working groups and individualised sessions, has meant staff have felt supported and well looked after throughout” — Clinical Director for Dentistry, OMFS & Ophthalmology

  • "The dental psychology service have provided both staff and our oral medicine patients the support they needed to be able to continue working and improve their conditions with the added stresses of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their adaptability, care and professional attitude has allowed us to support our patients as best possible under difficult circumstances and improved the quality of care for our patients significantly. Their joining of our dental services has brought us one step closer to our goal of holistic excellent world class care for our patients and the trust as a whole." — Consultant, Oral Medicine