Clinical Psychology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of personality and behavioural disorders. Such disorders can be caused by a diverse range of reasons, such as difficulties in family or professional life, or emotional challenges from tragic incidents.

FV Hospital’s psychologists offer personalised counselling adapted to a patient’s needs, age, and the context of their consultation.  By listening to patients’ difficulties and suffering, psychologists are able to offer them a space where they can express themselves without judgement and in complete confidence. Through these consultations, they focus on helping patients obtain a clearer understanding of their problems, reducing their distress and improving their psychological wellbeing.

The Clinical Psychology Department is located on the ground floor in the Health Check-up Centre in FV Hospital.

General psychology

  • Individual counselling or therapy
  • Couple therapy
  • Therapeutic mediation workshops / group therapy
  • Mental healthcare workshops
  • Assistance and guidance for parents
  • Psychological testing for children – intellectual and personality tests for diagnostic assessment

Services for children – 0 to 12 years old

Depending on the age of the child, FV’s psychologists use specific methods which are adapted to the age and sensitivity of the individual to facilitate the expression of a child’s difficulties. These may include drawing, modelling, or the staging of small characters.

The first meeting with a child patient is done in the presence of the child’s parents, which allows them to better understand the child’s condition and treatment. Thereafter, the child attends consultation alone. The parents are continuously informed about the progress of the treatment and, to give them assistance and guidance, joint sessions with their child are provided if necessary.

Reasons to consult:

  • Somatic manifestations
  • Difficulty falling asleep, feeding or digestion
  • Constant crying
  • Avoidance of eye contact, indifference to what is happening around them
  • Self-neglect – such as lack of personal hygiene
  • Changes in the family – divorce, separation, moving, illness, and mourning
  • School and / or relationship problems
  • Challenging behaviour – temper tantrums, easily angered, annoyed, irritated, and aggressive
  • Sleeping, and eating disorders
  • Language disorders or communication difficulties
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Difficulties in attention, concentration, and poor memory
  • Symptoms showing difficulties – enuresis, tics, nightmares, being distressed or worried

Services for teenagers

The physical and psychological changes in which an individual experiences during adolescence is a time of disorientation and discovery. This particular period may be marked by many deep questions, which sometimes cause a lot of suffering.  Confidentiality, listening, respect for age and personality are all core values in consultations.

Reasons to consult:

  • Behavioural addictions – drugs, alcohol, and video games
  • Depression, and anxiety
  • Apathy towards education and / or learning difficulties
  • Challenging behaviours – wanting to escape, violence, and aggression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Eating disorders

Services for adults

Coaching and counselling are designed to help patients through a painful period in a patient’s present living circumstance. The goal is to find their resources to cope as best as possible to the situation that they are living through. Our psychologists accompany our patients to a state of wellness, offering them a free speech area where a patient’s emotions, questions and concerns are addressed.

Reasons to consult:

  • Stress
  • Victims of assault
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Adjustment to physical illness
  • Behavioural addictions
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Personal and family relationship problems – divorce, separation, job lost, and periods of mourning
  • Learning disabilities

According to the circumstances of each individual patient, FV Hospital’s psychologists will propose an appropriate treatment plan, without prescribing medication. If treatment with medication is deemed necessary, our psychologists work in direct collaboration with doctors at FV.

FV Hospital’s Psychology Department provides a private and comfortable environment, where every aspect in its design is to help relieve stress or worry whenever a patient comes to see a psychologist.

Children are treated with psychotherapy methods suited to them, such as playing games, or expressing themselves through creative arts. The department focuses on releasing children from fear or stress and allowing them to be more comfortable and willing to open up.

Intellectual and emotional tests for child patients utilise the latest international tools and techniques, assuring the highest degree of accuracy and efficiency. Types of tests include; Rorschach, TAT (Thematic Apperception Test), psychological crisis analysis, or stress definition through drawings, and other tests.

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