Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Difficulties

We offer a comprehensive assessment of children presenting with a wide range of problems. Once we have developed an understanding of the young person’s difficulties we recommend treatment / therapeutic options. The young person and their family are involved in decisions about treatment and the best way forward throughout their care.


When a young person is referred to us, we consider carefully how best to assess their difficulties. We may have conversations with the referrer or family prior to offering the young person their first appointment.

Most commonly, for their initial appointment, the young person and their family meet with a psychiatrist (usually Dr. Sillifant) who is sometimes joined by another clinician. The psychiatrist may occasionally meet with the family on her own or be joined by a clinician of a different discipline. Families and their referrers will be informed who they will meet before their appointment. 

After the initial appointment, we will provide a report summarising the session and our opinion. 

Assessment can include administration and scoring of questionnaires and discussion with other people who know the child or young person (with appropriate consent).

As part of our work we may need to offer one or two further appointments which combine treatment with further assessment. It may be helpful to meet again with the child / young person, with other members of the family or with other professionals who work with the young person or family.


Treatment options are carefully tailored to the needs and circumstances of the young person and their family. 

This may include appointments with the psychiatrist or an associate clinician after agreed cross-referral. 

All management plans are devised in conjunction with the young person / their family and are reviewed regularly to ensure the best progress. 

Associates offer a range of therapeutic approaches.

Potential therapies include:

  • Counselling/ Talking Therapy 
  • Family Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medication
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Problem solving counselling
  • Art Therapy
  • Therapy involving play