Therapy Methods

We offer a variety of evidence-based therapies for young people and families.

Evidence-based therapy means it is recommended by the NICE guidelines
(National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

The type of therapy offered depends on the age, presenting problems and needs of the young person or child.

Here are further details about the approaches to the therapy that we use.

Guided self-help is a structured set of one-to-one therapy sessions with a child’s parent/carer or the young person. It involves working through self-help material specific to difficulties. It can help with difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, and behavioural problems.

How it helps:

• It encourages the young person to take an active role in their recovery and puts them in the ‘driving seat’ during the intervention. Working together with the practitioner who uses CBT- style frameworks

• It educates on the use of strategies to overcome difficulties

• Guided self-help looks at how difficulties operate in the ‘here and now’ and what may be keeping them going; the focus will not be on past events.

• The young person then is encouraged to implement these strategies in their life, outside of sessions.  

CBT is an evidence-based time-limited therapy which can help with anxiety, low mood, phobias, panic, and other issues. It can be appropriate for children over six years old however this depends on the child’s difficulties.

How it helps:

• It focuses on the way people think and act, to help them overcome their emotional and behavioural problems.

• CBT will help identify the main problem areas, set the goals for the treatment, and help develop new ways of coping.

• They will help identify the Activating events, Beliefs, and the Consequences (the ABC’s) associated with the problem.

• It introduces ways of challenging thinking and behavioural changes that can be made.

• Therapeutic tasks will be set and practiced in-between sessions and built on once treatment has finished.  

IPT-A is an evidence-based time-limited, focused approach to treating depression.

It can help 12-18 year olds with low mood that may be impacted on by their relationships with other people.

How it helps:

• IPT-A aims to help adolescents to recognise their feelings and think about how changes, loss, conflicts and isolation might affect their mood and vice versa.

• It promotes effective communication with others and interpersonal problem-solving skills

• IPT-A aims to increase social functioning and lessen stress experienced in relationships

• An IPT-A practitioner will work with a young person and relevant people in their network to reduce symptoms

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Most families experience serious difficulties sometimes. If it feels like family relationships are suffering, if you are no longer sure what to do for the best, or family members seem stuck in repeating patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour, Systemic Family Therapy may help.

What it can help with:

• problems in relationships within and outside the family
• stressful life cycle events, including loss, separation, and trauma
• complex school related problems
• effects of family member’s mental or physical functioning
• separation, divorce, and stepfamily life
• parental difficulties with understanding and managing adolescent development
• the effects of a developmental disorder (e.g.ADHD, Asperger’s) upon the family

Systemic Family Therapists aim not to take sides, blame, or provide simple answers. Rather, they work to engage family members in sharing understandings and exploring ways forward that work for them.

Art psychotherapy uses art media to help express and communicate within a therapeutic relationship between practitioner and client. Art therapy is for people of all ages who may struggle with the more conventional verbal therapies. People do not need to be creative or have previous experience making art.

How it helps:

• Art materials facilitate communication and materialisation of experiences, feelings and thoughts that could be otherwise perceived as unbearable or that are difficult to name.

• It is a non-interpretative approach where people are encouraged to construct their own meaning and develop self-understanding which could prompt a change.

• Outcomes include strengths development, emotional resilience and self-esteem, enhanced communication and self-expression, achievement of control or sense of agency, emotional growth and social integration.

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