Child and Adolescents Psychiatry
Private Psychiatry Services for Children and Adolescents
If you're considering seeking psychiatric help for your child, our experienced clinical advisers are here to support you. They will attentively listen to your concerns, offer valuable advice, and assist you in making an informed decision about your child's mental health care.
We understand that as a parent or caregiver, it's natural to feel uncertain about the specific type of support your child may need. Simply reach out to us at 0333 3390115, and explain the challenges your child has been facing. Our team will provide guidance on the most appropriate course of action for you and your family.
How to Choose a Therapist for Your Child?
The first step in the process is to have a phone call with our friendly and experienced team of assistant psychologists. They will gather relevant information and assess your child's needs. If you decide to proceed with an appointment, we will arrange a session with a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is well-suited to address your child's specific requirements. We prioritize finding the right match, ensuring that you and your child feel comfortable and supported throughout the therapeutic journey.
We offer appointments at various locations nationwide or through online platforms. The duration of sessions typically ranges from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the nature of the appointment and individual circumstances. After the assessment, you will receive a comprehensive report that includes a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and any additional steps that may be necessary. Further treatment, including medication, can be pursued with our team, another provider, or coordinated through your local NHS GP, depending on your preferences and specific requirements.
Preparing for the Assessment
If your child feels apprehensive about discussing their thoughts and feelings with a stranger, they are welcome to bring notes or drawings that express their emotions. These visual aids can be helpful when verbal communication alone proves challenging for a child. It is normal for both you and your child to experience some nervousness before the assessment, but rest assured that we carefully select clinicians based on their expertise and their ability to create a comfortable environment. Therefore, there is no need to worry unnecessarily.
Can I Attend the Appointment?
For children under the age of 18, we kindly request that parents or caregivers attend the assessment alongside their child. The psychiatrist will engage in a conversation with you to understand your child's history and current health. They may also require some time alone with your child to assess their behavior independently, free from parental influence.
Standard appointments typically last between 60 and 120 minutes. However, assessments for specific conditions or complex cases may require more extended sessions. If a longer appointment is recommended, our team will discuss this with you beforehand.
What to Bring to the Appointment?
We will share the information provided during your initial phone call with the psychiatrist. However, it is helpful for you to consider the topics discussed during the call and any additional relevant issues. Making notes in advance can ensure that you don't forget to mention anything important during the appointment.
Your Child's Report
Following the appointment, we will provide you with a comprehensive psychiatric report. The timeframe for producing the report depends on the promptness of any required questionnaires' responses. The report will include a detailed diagnosis if one is apparent, as well as treatment recommendations tailored to your child's specific needs.
If the psychiatrist recommends medication, we advise discussing this with your NHS GP to see if they are willing to prescribe it. In most cases, your GP will issue a prescription upon reviewing the psychiatrist's report. However, there may be instances where they decline to prescribe more expensive medications, such as certain treatments for ADHD.
What Happens After the Assessment?
Following the appointment with the psychiatrist, we may recommend further treatment with a psychologist or psychotherapist for your child. We can assist in arranging private treatment, or you may choose to pursue treatment through the NHS.
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Autism in children and adolescents:
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ADHD in Children and Adolescents:
Behavioral issues in Children and Adolescents:
Self harm in Children and Adolescents:
Depression in Children and Adolescents:
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To learn more about our services or to speak with our team, please contact us at 0333 3390115.