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Conversion disorders

We assess for and provide interventions for conversion disorders alongside our multidisciplinary team of occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.

What are conversion disorders?

Conversion disorders (also known as psychosomatic symptoms and functional neurological disorder) refer to physical health complaints such as back pains, headaches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains which do not have a physical cause but may have a mental or emotional cause. Conversion disorders can be caused by a traumatic experience, or other emotional experiences, such as neglect.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are needs associated with conversion disorders assessed?

The presence of a conversion disorder is assessed by a medical professional, or team, who can rule out physical causes of any needs. 

HSR Psychology assesses the needs associated with conversion disorders through a range of methods, including clinical interviews, psychometric assessments and observations.

Conversion disorders are complex and psychological input can assess and address both the underlying cause and associated difficulties, including:

Due to the broad range of areas associated with conversion disorders it is important that the HSR Psychology professional gathers information and carries out various assessments as part of a holistic assessment for conversion disorders.

What happens once an assessment is complete?

Once an assessment is complete, needs are identified so that we can then recommend future steps. An intervention carried out by one of our specialist decreases the risk of difficulties escalating. 

As most conversion disorders have an emotional or trauma-related cause, it is likely that a psychological intervention will be recommended by ourselves to address the underlying cause of the conversion disorder. A range of interventions for conversion disorders may be suggested following an assessment. 

We can write up the identified needs into a brief or a comprehensive report with recommendations. We will discuss that during the initial discussion.

What interventions do we provide?

Our team support a range of interventions. Examples of interventions we may recommend include:

A combination of interventions may be suggested to address an individual’s conversion disorder in order to take a holistic approach to intervention.

What is the cost of an assessment for needs associated with conversion disorders?

Due to the variety of assessments which may be carried out, the assessment for needs associated with conversion disorders may vary in length. We can provide a quote following an initial discussion.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Conversion disorders impact several different areas of an individual’s daily life, at home, school and in the community. HSR Psychology professionals can provide assessments and interventions to address conversion disorders and associated needs. If you would like to arrange an initial discussion, or want more information, please contact us to talk to one of our team members.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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