What can CAMHS do?
CAMHS teams treat children and young people aged 0-18 years. They can work with you in a range of different ways to suit your needs. Some of the ways we can work with you and the therapies we use are explained below:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) will help you understand the link between what you think, how you feel and what you do.
Thinking in negative, critical or unhelpful ways can make you feel anxious, angry or unhappy and you may find it hard to do things.
CBT helps you discover more helpful ways of dealing with your thoughts which helps you to feel better and to cope with your problems.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a specific type of treatment originally developed in America for adults.
The CAMHS DBT team have adapted the treatment to suit young people, and have offered this since 2004.
The main aim of the DBT team is to help young people gain the skills to cope in a more positive way with difficult emotions and situations.
The DBT programme involves weekly individual sessions, weekly Skills Training Groups and daily access to ‘telephone coaching’.
‘Dialectical’ refers to the way young people who receive treatment can have a tendency to think and behave ‘extremely’ or in a very ‘black & white’ way. DBT helps the young person to work towards the grey area or ‘middle ground’.
‘Behaviour’ refers to the behaviours that the young person may use that are often dysfunctional and ineffective in maintaining relationships and coping with stress.
CAMHS may suggest medication as part of your care plan. For more information on mental health medication talk to your psychiatrist or visit headmeds which is a website aimed at young people to answer all those questions you may have about your mental health medication, but may not want to ask your GP or a family member about.
Last updated: 16 January, 2019