Perth Adult Psychological Therapies Service

Murray Royal Hospital
Perth Adult Psychological Therapies Service
Murray Royal Hospital
Muirhall Road

Telephone: 01738 562 383

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

How to get here

Please see page on Murray Royal Hospital, including information about public transport, parking and a map for directions.

How is the Service accessed?

You will need to be referred by your GP or another mental health professional within NHS Tayside.

What professionals are in the Service?

The team has Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, Accredited Psychological Therapists and Assistant Psychologists. We are a teaching service and have a number of Trainees observing and working alongside clinicians. We are also supported by a number of administrative staff.

Who do we help?

We help people with mild to moderate mental health problems. These may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep problems
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related difficulties

What treatment does the Service provide?

Treatment is provided in a number of ways:

  • Supported self-help
  • Computer based therapy
  • Individual treatment

Your therapist will discuss the best options with you, following your assessment.

Most treatments will encourage you to:

  • Explore your difficulties
  • Agree aims for treatment
  • Complete tasks between appointments
  • Learn how to cope with difficult situations

Where will appointments be?

Appointments are held in a private consulting room at our base. There may also be the option to be seen via a remote clinic, using a video teleconferencing link, at your local Community Hospital.

What will happen at the first appointment?

Your first appointment will be an assessment appointment and will last up to 60 minutes. A summary of this meeting will be discussed with you and a report sent to the person that referred you.

If the assessment indicates that you would benefit from psychological intervention, treatment options will be discussed with you. Should our service be unable to meet your needs, we will discuss alternative options available to you.

How long are people in contact with the Service?

Individual sessions usually last between 45 minutes and an hour. Sessions are usually conducted on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Treatment is time limited and you are likely to be seen for somewhere between 6 and 10 sessions.

Progress depends on regular attendance. It is therefore important that you attend all appointments given to you. Missed appointments are a significant issue for the NHS. If you ever need to cancel or change an appointment, please do this as soon as you possibly can. Individuals who miss appointments without telling us will be discharged from the service. Guidance about attendance will be discussed more fully at your first appointment.


All NHS staff have a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We keep information about your contact with the service in paper and electronic form and it is held securely. Only staff involved in your care will be able to look at your records and we can check who has looked at your electronic record.

The person that referred you to the service will be kept informed about your treatment and at times we might be required to exchange information with other professionals involved in your care. On occasion, we are required by law to share confidential information outwith the NHS. If this happens, we will make every effort to keep you informed.