Dr Andrew Haig-Ferguson
DHealthPsych, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Child & Adult
Andrew has worked as a Health Psychologist in the NHS since 2007. Currently Andrew works part time for a Specialist Paediatric service. Health psychologists are specially trained to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness and to promote well-being.
Andrew is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and is chartered through the British Psychological Society.
Areas of Specialist Experience
Andrew specialises in therapeutic work with children and young people. Over the past 8 years Andrew has worked with children and young people experiencing a range of difficulties including: generalized anxiety, social anxiety; separation anxiety; perfectionism; phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder and low mood.
Andrew is also experienced in promoting healthier lifestyles and encouraging people to improve their physical health. This may involve helping to reduce the impact of stress in a person’s life, helping to resolve problems with sleep, or assisting in the uptake and maintenance of exercise.
As a Health Psychologist, Andrew’s therapeutic work is influenced by the biopsychosocial model of health and illness. The biopsychosocial model views illness as being caused and maintained by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors and thus it is important to consider the influence of all three areas when working with clients.
Andrew accepts that psychological difficulties can be a normal part of everyday life. However, sometimes these difficulties start to weigh us down. At times like these we might need some help to lighten the load. With this in mind, Andrew uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness based approaches. Andrew also draws on other evidence based therapies such as compassion-focused therapy and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT).