Cardiac rehabilitation psychology service

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

What we do

The cardiac psychologist works with individuals aged 18+ who have experienced myocardial infarctions (i.e. heart attacks), by-pass surgeries, valve repair/replacement surgeries, and other coronary heart conditions that require rehabilitation, educational and psychological input. The team is based in a hospital setting. The psychologist works with patients on difficulties such as: depression, anxiety disorders, overcoming trauma/the shock of diagnosis, loss of confidence, difficulty in adjustment, change of lifestyle etc.

Treatment

We offer patients mainly individual therapy and psychoeducational intervention as part of the cardiac rehabilitation programme. 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- 20 weekly sessions.

Meet the team: Mina Arvanitopoulou

Psychological 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 Queens Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford RM7 0AG. Our opening hours are Thursday- Friday 09.00-17.00 hrs.

How to contact us

You can reach the service via the contact details below

Tel: 01708 435 000 ext 3223
Email: Nem-tr.CHPS@nhs.net

Psychological service lead: Dr Mina Arvanitopoulou