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At CAMHS we provide a variety of treatments to help you get better. Look at the sections below to find out more.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a very practical type of talking therapy which focuses on setting goals and reflecting on the present day including things that are affecting you in your life now.

The theory

The way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave; it does this by dealing with how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviours. CBT teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems or things that come up in day to day life which you can find tricky.

Dialetical Behaviour Therapy

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 has 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 where we cook a meal together, 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.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy focuses on your relationships with other people and how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are affected by your relationships, and how they affect your relationships in turn.

Family Therapy

Family therapy helps people in close relationships to help each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, and appreciate each other’s needs and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

Family Therapy Leaflet 


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.


Information coming soon!

Last updated: 7 June, 2018

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.