Welcome to
Solway
Psychological
Services

Welcome

We are a team of experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologists, based in Dumfries, South West Scotland. We provide high quality, evidence based assessment and treatment for those experiencing a range of psychological difficulties.  

Our Services

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Psychological Assessment

We provide high quality assessment, formulation and treatment for a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, phobias, PTSD, CSA and bereavement.

Medico-Legal Assessement

Our dedicated team of clinicians are highly experienced in the provision of comprehensive assessment of psychological difficulties following an accident or medical negligence using validated, structured assessment procedures.  Our range of medico-legal services include full review of medical records and preparation of court reports with an average turnaround of between 4-6 weeks.

Neuropsychological Assessment

Our Consultant Neuropsychologist is able to provide specialist, neuropsychological assessment using current, validated neuropsychological assessment measures where cognitive impairment is identified or suspected.

Therapeutic interventions

Our clinicians are qualified in the provision of a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Behavioural Activation (BA) and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT).

Our Credentials

All our clinicians hold the following:


· Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 

· Registration with Psychology’s governing body, The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) 

· Individual professional indemnity insurance 

· Regular clinical supervision from a qualified Clinical Psychologist as per current HCPC guidelines

· Registration with the Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP) 

· Registration with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

· Full compliance with current GDPR guidelines– a copy of our privacy policy is available below

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Meet the Team

Dr Katie Whyte, MA(Hons) DClin.Psy, Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Katie Whyte studied psychology at The University of Glasgow (1995-1999) and subsequently worked as an Assistant Psychologist before returning to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Glasgow between 2002-2005. 

Following graduation Dr Whyte worked as Clinical Psychologist in Greater Glasgow with adolescents with complex mental health difficulties and subsequently on a national research

trial on psychological therapy for individuals at risk of psychosis. In 2007, Dr Whyte moved to Dumfries & Galloway NHS where she has continued to work as a Clinical Psychologist with adults with complex and severe mental health difficulties, with a special

interest in inpatient and psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr Whyte has extensive experience of completing psychological assessment for the purposes of the court, mostly relating to the psychological impact of trauma in the context of personal injury or medical negligence claims.

Dr Fionnuala Edgar, BA(Hons) DClinPsychol. PgDip (CBT) Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Fionnuala Edgar completed her undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1996-2000). Following this, Dr Edgar returned to her native Northern Ireland where she worked within a local Brain Injury rehabilitation service as a Rehabilitation Assistant and Assistant Psychologist from 2001-2004. In 2004 Dr Edgar returned to Scotland to study her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh from 2004-2009 and was employed by NHS Dumfries and Galloway for the duration of her training. Upon qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009, Dr Edgar took up a post within NHS Dumfries and Galloway in the Older Adult Psychology Service. In 2012, Dr Edgar completed a Post Graduate Diploma at the University of Cumbria in Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dr Edgar has been working in the field of medico-legal

assessment and treatment since 2012 in relation to psychological difficulties related to personal injury and medical negligence.



Dr John Higgon, MA (Hons) D.Clin Psychol. Dip.Clin. Neuropsychol. Consultant Neuropsychologist

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Dr John Higgon completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Edinburgh University (1983 – 1987) before training and working as a psychiatric nurse at the Maudsley Hospital (1987 – 1992). Dr Higgon then returned to the field of Psychology, completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Edinburgh University in 1999. From 1999 to 2006, Dr Higgon worked in Adult Mental Health Services in NHS Borders. He then moved to NHS Dumfries and Galloway in 2006 to work within the specialist Stroke service (2006 – 2009). During this time, he completed his Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Glasgow University. Since 2009 he has worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within NHS Dumfries and Galloway and managed the Clinical Health, Older Adult and Neuropsychology services as well as continuing his clinical practice. Over the course of his career he has considerable experience in providing neuropsychological assessments for the purposes of court reports.

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Contact Us

Any Queries?

For further information or to make a referral please contact us via the form below or by email:

enquiries.solwaypsychological@gmail.com


Solway Psychological Services

Campbell House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4UQ

Hours

Mon 2.00pm- 5:00 pm

Wed 9.00am-5.00pm

Evening and weekend appointments on request