Later Life Psychology Services

We provide psychology, counselling and mental health occupational therapy services to people in later life experiencing psychological and emotional difficulties specifically associated with ageing or age-related needs. We also provide therapy to younger people, who may be presenting with an age-related mental health problems.

Who can be referred to us?

Any person experiencing moderate to severe psychological and emotional distress associated with the later-life ageing process or later life needs and difficulties. We also see younger people who themselves are experiencing later life-type difficulties, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, early stages of dementia, carer stress due to  caring for a person with dementia or later life issues.

Typical presentations may include difficulties with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Fear of falling or mobility issues
  • Family & relationship problems
  • Adjustment to physical & sensory health problems
  • Low confidence/ self-esteem
  • Adjustment to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Adjustment to change of role/Retirement
  • Bereavement or unresolved grief
  • Insomnia
  • Fear of death
  • Carer stress
  • Activities of daily living or decreased activity levels

Who can make referrals?

Most of our referrals come from GPs. We also accept referrals from other statutory and non-statutory organisations, including Six Degrees Social Enterprise, Salford Primary Care Psychology Service, CMHTs, Intermediate Care, CAST, practice nurses, district nurses, integrated care teams, community health trainers, Age UK, and carers’ centres.

How to make a referral?

To refer someone, we ask you to complete a referral form which you can download here:

Primary Care Specialists in Later Life Mental Health Referral Form [doc] 88KB

Waiting times

On average, our waiting times are 4-8 weeks. However, waiting times are subject to change, as they are dependent on referral rates and type of therapy or therapist required.


Clients are seen at a range of venues, dependent on which is most appropriate for them and their therapy. For example, we see clients at their own or a relative’s home, the Gateway centres, the Humphrey Booth centres, GP surgeries, and nursing or residential care homes.

Urgent assessments

We do not routinely provide urgent assessments, although we are happy to discuss any such cases with service users and carers. If an urgent assessment is needed (e.g. for self-neglect, self-harm, suicide, risks associated with cognitive impairment), please ask the service users GP to make an urgent referral to the appropriate Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in the person’s area.

Any service users you refer to the CMHT, and also refer to ourselves, please do let us know that they have also been referred to CMHT, as it may be appropriate for us to wait until they have been seen by them first.

Referring patients suffering with memory problems

We will accept referrals for patients with mild memory problems. However if you feel your client requires an assessment in order to determine a diagnosis, please refer to the Memory Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS) based at Woodlands Community Mental Health Team.

How to find us