Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

The psychologists the Cystic Fibrosis team understand what life is like living with Cystic Fibrosis and its challenges, including the difficult feelings it may bring, such as low mood, anxiety, anger, isolation and overwhelm and lots of other things. Our psychologists can help patients to better understand these feelings, develop coping strategies and improve their well-being.

Click on the names below to meet our colleagues in the Cystic Fibrosis team:
Meet the team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Dr Thomas Clark

    Role: Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Cystic Fibrosis Service and Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Intensive Care Service

    About: Dr Thomas Clarke is the Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Cystic Fibrosis Service and Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Intensive Care Service. His work with people with Cystic Fibrosis focuses on coping with the psychological impact of living with this condition. This can take a number of forms; it can be through joint working with team members to help think through the psychological impact of someone’s care and treatment or working directly with a patient using a talking therapy to explore their experiences and think about potential strategies or approaches that may be helpful.

    His work into the Intensive Care team focuses on patients’ experiences of intensive care. An admission to an intensive care unit can have a considerable psychological impact resulting in difficulties like trauma, depression, adjustment difficulties and anxiety. As part of the psychology team for the intensive care service, Dr Clarke’s role is to help the team provide psychologically informed care to reduce this impact and to provide follow up aftercare once a patient has been discharged where psychological therapy will be offered if they have encountered any of these difficulties.

    Thomas uses a number of different models of therapy across his work in both specialisms, integrating principles from third way cognitive therapies including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy, alongside systemic models such as Narrative Therapy. He has a particular interest in the importance of self-compassion when living with a long-term condition and how the stories (narratives) we hold about our life shape the impact of health events and long-term health conditions and how we manage them.