Clinical health psychology service (Thurrock)

We assist clients with a range of long term conditions to learn to adjust to and live with their illness.

What we do

We help people to accept their condition and through acceptance live a more fulfilling life. These include:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • Heart Failure.
  • Diabetes.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a talking therapy. We utilise CBT to help clients to look at the relationship between thought, feelings and behaviours enabling them to better cope with difficulty.

Mindfulness training 

Mindfulness practice is a way to learn to focus on how things are here and now at this moment enabling an individual to learn to tolerate the difficulties that come with chronic disease.

Meet the team: James Whitfield

James Whitfield is a highly specialised psychotherapist. He qualified as a Nurse from the West Pennine College of health studies in 1994. He spent 20 years working with people with long term physical health needs. In 2014 he attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University and in 2017 a Post Graduate certificate in Peer Supported Open Dialogue from London Southbank University. James works in Thurrock, Essex where his main interest is in how to improve quality of life and psychological wellbeing in people with chronic and life limiting illness.

Where our service is based

Thurrock Community Hospital
Long Lane
RM16 2PX

How to contact us

Mr James Whitfield
Highly Specialised Psychological Therapist
Mayflower Hospital,
Blunts Wall Road
RM16 2PX

Tel: 0300 300 1907