Why Optimise for Mental Health?
Optimise your mind by dealing with mental health issues using our integrated approach. Our practitioners work closely in a multi-disciplinary team to promote integrated health and wellbeing.
Our rooms are welcoming and safe spaces to work through your concerns and journey towards better mental health.
Who delivers this service?
Our GPs offer initial mental health consultations and treatment options which may include referral to our specialists.
Clinical Psychologist Dr Bickerton is a qualified neuropsychologist, EMDR therapist and occupational therapist, who believes in the importance of integrating physical, psychological and spiritual health for sustained well-being. Her clinical interests include medically unexplained symptoms, trauma and neuropsychological assessment / rehabilitation. She is an award-winning professional with fifteen years of research experience in behavioural brain science, translating research evidence to patient care.
Her passion is to see professionals and organisations work together across boundaries to maximise health benefits for the community they serve. Her work and collaborations span across the NHS, universities, social enterprises and independent practice.
Initial consultation 20 Minutes - All of our doctors are experienced in dealing with mental health and wider health issues and often can identify impact on physical health problems from a mental health source.
Case Study / Testimony
Sarah was struggling with an increasing fear of leaving the house. This began to affect her ability to work, family and friendships with a negative impact on physical health with weight gain and low self esteem as she couldn’t get to the gym because of panic attacks. She would often arrive late to appointments or not at all. After discussion with her friends and family she realised this was a problem with anxiety and depression, so contacted the Optimise Health Clinic.
Initially she booked a 20 minute integrated health review with the Doctor and she felt relieved someone understood her problem and offered realistic solutions. Together with her chosen Doctor she created a plan which included time off work, lifestyle changes and some self help exercises.
At her review she started medication for anxiety and depression and she chose to be referred to Dr Bickerton the Psychologist who agreed she would benefit from therapy to understand and treat the root cause of her current problems and work to improve relationships with family. Dr Bickerton put together a tailored plan of therapy and worked with Sarah over the next 12 weeks with input from her doctor at key intervals. Four months later she was back at work, attending the gym regularly and reported greatly improved energy, mood and reduced anxiety. He re-engaged with family and appreciated their compliments on his new approach to communication. He gained the confidence to take on new qualifications and start a business venture of his own.