An overview of our team and their roles
Hello, my name is Fiona Southgate, and I am a Psychologist. I work therapeutically in comfortable settings with individuals. We work on gentle reminiscence work around their personal life stories.
I consider where the person may be within their dementia and develop sessional work, where we can begin to explore those memories and experiences which have shaped their lives. It can be challenging to think about people or places without associating them with stressful and perhaps traumatic feelings, but this is all part of the work.
By providing the right emotional support, I may be able to access these memories, so they are less challenging. It is, therefore, leading to a reduction in the behaviours that were causing concern.
As a psychologist, I consider all occurrences of concerning behaviour to have a function. By working not just with the person, but their family, the environment and those around them, we can reduce these behaviours to a minimum, replacing them with greater well-being and quality of life.
I also provide emotional support for the families of the people we care for, to facilitate the emotional experience of transitioning their relative into one of our homes.
The psychology department support and facilitate closed-group activities. These provide micro-communities within the service, within which shared interests can are explored.
My family are of the utmost importance to me, and the time I share with them is precious. I believe that the work I am engaged in is very important and will help my family when it comes time for them to find care for me.
Fiona Southgate is responsible for:
- To ensure that the service users are receiving the correct clinical support around their complex care needs. Behaviour and mental health within a calm, stress-free environment that encourages psychological well-being.
- To ensure that medication is being used correctly and does not have a negative impact on their ability to function.