About Us

Our psychology service

We offer support to anyone who is under the care of any of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Congenital Cardiac Consultants. We work with all ages including parents who receive an antenatal diagnoses, children and young people and throughout adulthood.

What and how can we help?

We see lots of different people, of all ages, with different needs such as;

• Coping when you find out about your or your child’s heart problem
• Struggling to cope with treatments
• Helping you do the things that are important to you
• Support in preparing for surgery or procedures
• Managing emotions that come from dealing with a heart condition

There are different ways which we offer support to families, from general information guides and ‘top tips’, to meeting with families to talk about their specific difficulties.

Who is part of the team?
· Dr Sara Matley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
· Dr Kat Bilbrough, Principal Clinical Psychologist
· Mrs Jayne Slack, Senior Counsellor
· Mrs Sandie Allison, Counsellor

Sometimes we also have Psychologists in Clinical Training working with us for short periods of time. Our trainees are often on placement with us in their final year of training and are supervised by a Senior Psychologist in the team.

Who can see the Psychology & Counselling Team?
We offer support to anyone who is under the care of any of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Congenital Cardiac Consultants. We work with all ages including parents who receive an antenatal diagnoses, children and young people and throughout adulthood.

Sometimes when we meet with patients and families it can become clear that managing their heart condition is going well, but there are other challenges they are managing. When this happens we may not be able to offer ongoing support, but we can ask other teams (such as CAMHS, IAPT, Schools and Community Support) to help with other parts of people’s lives that they find difficult.

Psychology resources

Below are some resources that may help you or your child

  • Helping children who are worried
  • Helping your kids manage routines
  • Information for children
  • Managing routines
  • Managing anxiety and worries * Helping a worried child cope
  • Tips and strategies to help you cope