I’m a clinical psychologist who runs a psychology service that operates in the space between primary and secondary care talking therapies services.
Project Title: Development and Preliminary Evaluation of a Novel Psychotherapy for Depression for Clients with a Complex Trauma Background (ADepT-CT)
Brief Summary: Depression is an often severe, chronic and relapsing condition. While effective psychological treatments for depression exist, a substantial proportion of individuals do not recover during them. A particular subgroup of clients who do not optimally benefit from current treatments for depression (and often fall in the gap between services) are those exposed to complex trauma during childhood. A novel therapy called Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT) has been developed to treat depression in primary care settings that has promise for working with this group. In a pilot trial, ADepT was shown to not be inferior and potentially superior to current best practice (cognitive behavioural therapy), particularly in those presenting with severe symptoms.
To determine acceptability/ feasibility of a novel psychotherapy for patients with ‘treatment resistant’ depression and a background of trauma.
Award Title: Individual Research Career Development Award
Start Date: April 2023
End Date: March 2024
Location of Research: Thurrock, Essex
Collaborating Organisation: Midlands Partnership Foundation University Trust