Integrated coronary heart disease service

A clinical health psychology service that’s working within a multi-disciplinary CHD team. 

What we do

The cardiac psychologist is part of the long term conditions psychology service which also focuses on diabetes and respiratory conditions. The psychologist works with individuals who have heart conditions such as heart failure, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, angina etc. We work to help patients typically having difficulty coping or managing their conditions. Issues that we may deal with would be: loss of confidence, excess worry or fears, difficulty in adjustment, change of lifestyle etc.

Treatment

We offer individual, couple and group interventions to patients. We try to tailor the treatment to the patient’s needs and use various different psychological treatment models to explore the psychological impact of the condition and help treat any psychological difficulties.  We are flexible in our approach and we offer short term and longer term interventions i.e. 6- 15 weekly sessions.

Meet the team: Mina Arvanitopoulou

Psychology service lead: Mina Arvanitopoulou

Mina is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who graduated from University of Athens, Greece in 2004. She joined NELFT and the Clinical Health Psychology Service in 2007 and gained the Chartered Status through the Statement of Equivalence process in 2010. She is currently the Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Long Term Conditions Psychology Service in Barking & Dagenham and manages a team of Psychologists and Therapists that provide psychological treatment to patients with diabetes, respiratory conditions and coronary heart disease. Mina also runs the Psychology service within the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at Queens Hospital for patients who have been diagnosed with cardiac related conditions or have undergone heart surgeries. She has been working within the clinical health psychology service for more than 10 years and she has extensive experience in working with patients with cardiac and other physical conditions. She is keen in delivering high quality service to patients through her management and clinical work.

Apart from her managerial and clinical work within NELFT, Mina maintains a private practice and is a registered Expert Witness for personal injury claims

Where our service is based

The service is based at Porters Avenue Health Centre (1st floor) on 234 Porters Avenue in Dagenham, RM8 2EQ.  Our opening hours are from Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 hrs.

How to contact us

You can reach us via the contact details below

Tel: 0300 300 1772 ext: 51772
Email: Nem-tr.CHPS@nhs.net