Centers of Excellence
Mental Health – Psychological Support
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The Mental Health and Psychological Support Department offers specialized services to:
- Outpatients and their families
1) Hospitalized patients
A surgical procedure, apart from being a very physical experience, may also undoubtedly affect the state of mind of patients and their families. Psychological intervention can support patients, assisting them to deal with the experience of the surgery in the best possible manner, as well as to improve their mental state and their quality of life after diagnosis.
- Emergency psychological intervention for patients experiencing a crisis (such as reactive depression, etc
- Preoperative psychological preparation of patients and their families
- Psychological support for patients hospitalized in the ICU
- Posttraumatic stress treatment
2) Oncology patients
Mental health experts may prove valuable allies in the fight against the disease. Their intervention aims at offering psychological support to patients with cancer and their families, assisting them in better managing their feelings and any problems that may arise following diagnosis, as well as helping them improve their quality of life.
- Individual psychological support
- Support to the family
- Psychosocial support groups
3) Motherhood/pregnancy/postpartum period
Pregnancy is accompanied by biological, physical and psychological changes which mark the transition to motherhood (adjustment to the parental role).
Services are offered:
- during pregnancy
- in the period following childbirth, for mothers facing psychological mood swings (postpartum syndromes)
- in miscarriages
- in interrupted pregnancies
4) Assisted reproduction
The pressure felt by infertile couples may lead to confusion and create various feelings that can only be expressed and alleviated via psychological support.
Services are offered to couples who:
• are facing infertility problems
• are beginning assisted reproduction
• are not achieving the desired results
5) Hospitalized children
Although hospitalization may cause fear to children and their parents, it may eventually become a positive experience. Parents must support their children in ways that will assist them to learn from such an experience and to be able to cope.
- Support to parents whose children are hospitalized in the NICU
- Support to parents, and especially mothers, to effectively care for their infant and strengthen the bond between them, so as to face early separation from the infant
- Psychological preparation of children and their parents before admission to the hospital
- Psychological support to children during their hospital stay
- Psychological support to children with chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiac problems, Crohn’s disease, etc) and their parents
6) Children and parents
The role of parents is significant in the life of a person, since they shape the next generation and the future adults.
A healthy and satisfactory relationship between a parent and child forms the foundation for the child’s future mental health. So, an intervention in the parent-child relationship is the most important preventative measure for the future wellbeing of a child.
The role of the psychologist in parent counseling is to support, inform and advise parents on any matters concerning their children, from the moment they are born until early adulthood.
Services are offered in the following stages of a child’s life:
- psychokinetic developmental delay (immaturity)
- speech impediments
- communication problems
- behavioral problems (separation difficulties, bed-wetting, sleep disorders, nutritional disorders, sibling jealousy, phobias)
- mental development assessment
- diagnosis of learning disabilities (dyslexia)
- attention deficit, hyperactivity
- behavioral problems (resistance, aggression)
- emotional and social difficulties
- communication problems between parents and adolescents
- stress management during exams
7) Support during loss
- psychological support to gravely ill patients
- psychological support to families and loved ones
- psychological support to relatives and children during the mourning period