What happens at the initial assessment?
You will meet for an initial assessment within six weeks of referral to the Voices Clinic. The assessment will be conducted by one of our clinic assistants. They will discuss your voice hearing experience with you to find out whether the clinic is right for you. They will also help you to complete a few questionnaires about your experiences. If the clinic is right for you, one of the clinic assistants will contact you to arrange a course of therapy. If the clinic is not right for you at the present time, you will continue to receive your usual care within the Assessment and Treatment Service.
Level 1 therapy
You will meet for therapy with a therapist for one hour each week over the course of four weeks. The therapy will help you to identify and use your coping strategies as consistently as possible.
At the end of the four weeks you will meet again with a clinic assistant to carry out the next assessment. They will discuss with you how things have gone and whether you need to carry on with therapy. If you are still distressed by your voices you will be offered Level 2 therapy.
Level 2 therapy
At this stage you will be offered 12 sessions of group therapy. This will take place with other patients who hear voices and two therapists. The therapy is aimed at exploring and challenging beliefs about yourself and voices using a mindfulness approach.
Who works in the clinic?
The clinic is led by Mark Hayward and Clara Strauss – experienced therapists who work in the Research and Development Department at Sussex Partnership. Mark and Clara supervise the delivery of therapy, which will be provided by therapists who work in the Assessment and Treatment Service.
Is the clinic suitable for me?
The Sussex Voices Clinic is available to all Assessment and Treatment Services patients that are distressed by their voice hearing experiences, irrespective of their diagnosis.