Our specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) aim to be caring, holistic, flexible, effective and safe. We will regularly ask you for feedback to ensure that we are continually meeting these aims. We always try to work creatively and collaboratively with young people and their parents. We usually find that the more closely parents can be involved, the better the outcomes we are able to achieve. We explain this to older adolescents who occasionally may not want their parents to know about or be involved in their care.
Our treatments are mainly ‘talking therapies’ such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy or psychotherapy. These can be offered individually or in groups. Medication is sometimes prescribed alongside talking treatments but never without discussion and agreement of children and parents.
We understand that it can be difficult for children and adolescents and their parents to come to a CAMHS clinic, so we will always tailor the care we provide to your wishes, needs, goals and values. We will respect your confidentiality and never share information about you without discussing this with you first. With your consent, we will also work closely with teachers, social workers, GPs, other professionals, and any other important people in your lives.