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"assessment for psychotherapy"

About: CAMHS Team St Helens / St Helens CAMHS

(as the patient),

I am a woman of 64 who has a longstanding history of trauma and resulting depression, but am also myself a trained health professional with an understanding of my problems. I asked to be referred in order to ascertain the possibility of obtaining psychotherapy within the NHS as we can no longer afford to continue paying for my private therapy.

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Response from Dennis Dewar, PALS Co-ordinator, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust

hello secondhandrose, my name is Ian Mountain and I am the Matron for St Helens & Knowsley.

I am sorry to hear about your difficulties, if you would like to give me a ring on 01744 646759 I will provide you with some support and advice on how to resolve this

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Update posted by secondhandrose (the patient)

This is a really helpful response, in that I have been able to talk briefly through my situation and feel it has been understood. I have now been offered a one hour assessment which I feel will be a helpful process. Many thanks.

Update posted by secondhandrose (the patient)

Unfortunately the assessment was not at all helpful. I was not asked whether I minded a student sitting in (informed consent) although in the event I was glad as I felt she understood me more than the assessor who used closed questions and jumped to conclusions which I then had to correct.

The experience was frustrating and irritating and I did not feel understood. The assessor seemed not to know of previous contact and was going to refer me back to the service I had already come from and to cap it all then he referred me to a recovery team for the wrong area to where I live.

Eventually after I telephoned that was sorted out and I have since had an extremely helpful assessment with the St Helens recovery team.

Update posted by secondhandrose (the patient)

Well I have subsequently had a further assessment but the recovery team are unable to offer me any support.

They suggest further therapy would be a negative step and that I need to integrate into the community - which I already knew and was hoping to get support to do...

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