Psychology service for diabetes

A clinical health psychology service that is part of a multi-disciplinary diabetes team. 

What we do

The diabetes psychologists are part of the long term conditions psychology service which also focuses on heart and respiratory conditions. The diabetes psychologists work with individuals who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Psychologists are involved in Desmond (Type 2) educational sessions and provide monthly psychoeducational input for these patients. Diabetes can take its toll on your emotional well-being, while stress and negative emotions can affect blood glucose control. Psychologists can help patients change their overall outlook on the condition and the treatment for diabetes. They can also help with learning effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood glucose, take their medications, improve eating habits, activity levels, and complete other diabetes self-management activities.

Treatment

We offer individual, couple and group psychological interventions to patients. We try to tailor the treatment to the patient’s needs and use therefore various different psychological treatment models.   We are flexible in our approach and we offer short term and longer term interventions i.e. 6- 20 weekly sessions.

Meet the team: Andy Usher

Andy Usher, qualified counsellor since 1998 and undertaking a Doctorate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have worked in bereavement, palliative care, youth counselling, family support, cancer and diabetes. I have extensive knowledge of diabetes in my concurrent role with Diabetes UK. This helps in communicating with patients about the condition, its consequences, management and treatments as well as the psychosocial impact of diagnosis and living with the condition.

My interests encompass patient empowerment and autonomy, participatory approaches in research and psychotherapy and Lifeworld approach to patient health and wellbeing.

Meet the team: Errol Roman

Errol Roman, CBT therapist MSc, BA (Hons), GD Psycho, Dip. N (Lond), PGC (Research), PGD (CBT), DACC (Kent), DMS, RMN

I started my professional career in the health service in psychiatric nursing before being trained in counselling while working in drugs and alcohol dependence. I subsequently went on to be trained in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT).

I have completed several major research projects in drugs and alcohol dependence and have over twenty years working in addiction. I have since developed extensive expertise in the treatment of people with diabetes and presently work in the Long-Term Condition Team, providing psychological care for people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.

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