Private Child Psychiatry helps young people with mental health difficulties and emotional or behavioural problems. We will carry out a full initial assessment and a diagnosis will be given if appropriate and medication used if it is felt that this would be of benefit. We provide high quality care, delivered by experts using evidence-based techniques. We do so with compassion, care and professionalism.
We see children and young people with a wide range of problems:
- Emotional difficulties of childhood and adolescence
- Behavioural problems
- Questions concerning possible diagnoses of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Questions concerning possible diagnoses of Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Asperger’s syndrome
- Eating difficulties
- Anxiety and phobias
- Obsessive compulsive difficulties
- Depression and self-harming behaviours
- Anger difficulties
- Educational attainment problems
The treatments used include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Systemic therapy
- Solution focused therapy
- Narrative therapy
Our Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Becky Neale, meets with each new referral personally. She undertakes a full assessment and after listening carefully develops the most appropriate care plan to help. The following areas will be explored:
- Concerns and details about the problems
- A full history including screening for all mental illnesses; educational and social circumstances; details about early development; physical health problems and any current medication; family history of mental health difficulties
- If help from other professionals has been sought, what else has been tried, and what the family’s goals are
After gathering this information, Dr Neale will discuss the diagnosis or explain if there are other ways of understanding the problem, and will agree with the family a plan for treatment after discussing what choices there are and any family preferences.
Dr Neale will discuss with the family who is best placed within the Private Child Psychiatry team to offer the most appropriate expert therapeutic input. She may undertake the therapeutic work personally, or refer to one of the other Private Child Psychiatry team members. If Dr Neale is not undertaking the therapeutic work personally, she will meet with the family to review progress periodically within an agreed timeframe and refine the management plan as necessary.