Our doctors and clinical staff use a range of evidenced based approaches and techniques dependent on the specific diagnosis. Our staff are all trained in multiple treatment modes allowing treatment to be tailored specifically to each young person.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a counselling technique used by many clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors. Some therapists will specialise in this form of therapy while others will use various techniques to help you work through particular difficulties.
This therapy is based around helping you understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour). This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective for a wide range of issues but is particularly effective if you have depression or anxiety.
Behaviour therapies focus on changing behaviour patterns. Behaviour therapists will often use some principles of learning, such as providing particular consequences for unwanted behaviour and rewards for good behaviour.
This type of therapy may be used to change compulsive behaviours, help with learning problems, or modify avoidance behaviours. With this type of therapy it is assumed that the behaviours are a product of learning in terms of what can and cannot be learned. This is often utilized for younger children who may not be aware of their thoughts.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (D.B.T.)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a program that consists of four modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. This therapy focuses on helping the patient develop skills which can help them to remain grounded and in control of their body and mind, cope with interpersonal conflict, tolerate stressful situations and help them regulate their emotions.
This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective for several psychological problems but is particularly helpful for people who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and/or partake in self-harming behaviours.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a short-term therapy. It involves discussing your relationships and the ways you can improve your social support. This can include improving your communication skills, learning how to express emotions better and being more confident with people at school and at work.
Family therapy happens is used a whole family decides to work through their relationships to improve family communication. The family looks at how to solve a problem or to adjust to a new situation. The whole family goes along to the initial appointment with a counsellor or therapist.
Sometimes, our Psychiatrists will recommend medication for particular diagnoses. Importantly, these medications are never used as the sole treatment, but in conjunction with other therapies, such as those mentioned above. The Psychiatrist will always mention the desired effects of the medication, as well as side effects which are sometimes encountered. The dose of medication and duration of use are tailored for each young person.