Cleft Psychology

When might you meet one of the psychologists?

We are a standard part of the Cleft Team. We are regularly involved in cleft clinics and aim to meet all children, parents and adults at some point. At these clinics we will be happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have. If appropriate we can also offer you a separate appointment to discuss things more fully. We will also take the opportunity to talk about ways to promote wellbeing and resilience.

 

How can we help you?

The psychology service has 3 broad aims: To promote resilience and wellbeing for all children, families and adults born with a cleft; to provide psychological therapeutic intervention where children, families or adults are experiencing difficulties; and to support children, families and adults in their care and treatment pathway and experience of service.

People born with Cleft Lip and/or Palate or other craniofacial anomalies may have a number of concerns and questions that we can help with either through talking on the phone, in a clinic or arranging a separate appointment.

Just because you or your child was born with a cleft, this does not necessarily mean you will encounter difficulties. Don’t feel like you need to have a big problem to come and speak to us. We are also happy to talk about ways of helping people to deal with day-to-day life, to build on strengths and resources to achieve goals, to promote positive self-esteem and confidence, to help prevent potential problems and to support parents in developing coping strategies.

The types of things we may be able to help with will vary from one individual or family to another but the following are some examples:

For Children

•Preparing for surgery, dental treatment, orthodontics or other treatment or procedures

•Dealing positively with the attitudes of other people

•Discussing your school experience and working together to think of ways of improving this

•Encouraging healthy self-esteem and well-being

•Working with the whole family to improve relationships

•Dealing constructively with other people’s behaviour including comments and questions

•Dealing with teasing and bullying

•Helping you to feel confident in your appearance

•Improving ways of communicating

•Preparing for change, such as moving school

•Improving low mood and managing worries

•Developing and practicing positive ways of thinking

•Talking about some of the things that bother you and finding ways to help

 

For Parents

•Adjusting to a diagnosis

•Building a positive relationship with your child

•Promoting confidence in you and your child

•Preparing for surgery

•Discussing how to talk to your child about their cleft and what to say to brothers, sisters, family and friends

•Positive strategies for dealing with other people’s reactions

•Support when there is a diagnosis of a genetic condition

•Developing parenting strategies e.g. for encouraging your child to sleep, feed

•Developing ways to support your child, for example, when coming into hospital

•Coping with your own worries and anxieties

•Working with the whole family to improve relationships

•Discussing possible solutions to concerns

•Supporting acceptance and adjustment

 

 For Adults

•Preparing for surgery, dental treatment, orthodontics or other treatment or procedures

•Improving mood

•Helping you to feel confident about your appearance

•Dealing with teasing and bullying

•Developing positive and supportive relationships with other people

•Making decisions about treatment

•Dealing positively with other people’s behaviour and attitudes including coping with comments and questions

•Making decisions about the future

•Promoting self-esteem

•Developing strategies for preventing problems

•Discussing early experiences

•Practicing positive ways of thinking 

•Discussing solutions to concerns

•Promoting acceptance

 

Can I refer myself or my child for psychology?

Yes. If you think you would like an appointment with psychology for yourself, your family or your child, please feel free to contact us direct. Alternatively you can mention it to one of the team when you come to a clinic.

We would be happy to talk with you on the phone to discuss how we can help. Remember it doesn’t have to be a big problem before you contact us! 

Contact us

Cleft Psychology Service

Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip & Palate,

Level 2B Clinical Accommodation Building,

Morriston Hospital,

Swansea

SA6 6NL

Tel: (01792) 618816

 (between 8.30am and 4.30pm) or leave a message

 

 If you have any urgent concerns please contact your GP or GP out of hours service.

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