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Psychological support

Concern about how you or your child appears is common and completely understandable. Many patients and their families are not greatly concerned once they are aware of what the physical problems are, however there is an increasing recognition of the psychological impact these sorts of physical deformities can have.

Dissatisfaction, feelings of low self-esteem and a negative body image are sometimes described and worryingly these psychological symptoms are often expressed at a formative time in a young person’s life or are reoccurring themes in later life.

If you feel such concerns need to be addressed more formally and are not going to be resolved by talking with friends or family, a more independent specialist maybe appropriate. This is when clinical psychologists are ideally placed to help.

We work with Dr Emilie Cassell and the SurreyPsych team who are able to provide expert psychological support in dealing with distressing thoughts and feelings that you or your child may have.


"We are trained to use a range of different evidence-based assessment tools and therapeutic techniques and to work with people of all ages and with a wide variety of issues. We are also trained to understand people's thoughts and behaviour in the context of scientific research. As such we are very good at making sense of people's difficulties and tailoring the support we offer to their needs. We also work collaboratively with our clients to develop treatment plans because we understand the vital importance of people being fully engaged in the therapeutic process."

Dr Emilie Cassell
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Please click on the buttons below to see and read about patients verified experiences (in their own words) and testimonials (which generally include before and after treatment photos). The pectus clinic is very grateful to all the patients who provided feedback.