Hi Samdog. I was referred to a memory clinic after I expressed concern (dementia?)about my memory and cognitive difficulties. I was thoroughly assessed over about a year and the diagnosis was; no dementia or brain tumour apparent at the moment, but some cognitive impairment, probably due to Parkinsons (and/or Tinnitus?). Can't do much about the impairment itself but CBT might help me to manage it.
I was duly discharged from the memory clinic in order that my GP could refer me to CBT. (Oh, the vagiaries of the NHS!) This was done but after a few sessions the practitioner decided she didn't have the skills to help me as the main problem was the Parkinson's (Yes, that's the reason she gave!!) so referred me back to the GP with a recommendation I be referred back to the memory clinic which runs a group on how to manage anxiety!!
Luckily my GP is good snd he is going to see what else there might be. I still don't know the real reason I was deemed 'inappropriate' for the CBT which I still feel that, managed in an adult way, could have been very helpful. Perhaps it could be that I asked if we could work through a little work book called 'Coping with long term illness (A CBT approach for adherance and depression)'. Its part of the series 'Treatments that work' (pub. OUP)and I found the bits I did quite helpful, but you really need someone to go through it with you. Good Luck! Chrissie