CBT for Adolescents in Berkshire

I offer psychological assessment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment for young people that are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and a range of presenting difficulties.

How Can I Help?

Are you looking for person-centred care to meet your teenager’s mental health needs? If you are fed up with a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, then I can help. I am a BABCP-accredited Psychotherapist that provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adolescents in Reading and Berkshire. I also offer a remote Telehealth platform for video sessions that can take place in the comfort of your own home, or even at school.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide a specialised service for young people that are experiencing difficulties at a challenging time in their life (up to age 18 years). The NHS is unfortunately very stretched during the current times, so it’s helpful to know that you have other options available.

I am a member of The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), and have worked with young people for most of my career. Your child’s concerns are taken very seriously, whilst also balancing the needs of their wider support network. I understand the importance of maintaining trust and providing a safe space to promote a strong working relationship.

Young people are coping with a context that is entirely different from the generations before them, meaning that they are facing different struggles to those that mum and dad, or grandparents may be able to fully empathise with.

Remember that reaching out for support is not a sign of ‘bad parenting’ or ‘failing’ in your role. Seeking help from a specialist when you are unsure how to proceed is quite the opposite – you are enabling your teenager to gain more knowledge, coping skills, and resources; helping them to manage their mental health moving forwards.

What is the Aim of the First Meeting?

It is important that a young person feels able to open up during their assessment, and is able to be as honest as possible. This will help their therapist understand how best to support them. Depending on your teenagers age, they may prefer to attend their assessment with or without a parent in the room – I encourage the option that feels most comfortable for them.

They might find it helpful to talk about (with guidance from their therapist):

The overall aim is to understand the nature of any difficulties, and what may be maintaining them. It’s important to collaborate with the young person on how we can take steps towards something that is meaningful to them in therapy, involving the wider care team where appropriate.

Your teenager is always entitled to ask questions about the treatment that they are offered. In fact, it’s encouraged!

They Could Ask:

What Do Previous Clients say?

“I am so grateful for all that you have done for [my daughter]; she has seemed to weather tiredness, work accumulation, and any emotional issues with much more resilience and pragmatism. It has been a really noticeable change.

Thank you, thank you Ellie. You really are changing lives for the better with what you do”.

– Joanna W

If you are looking for a CBT for adolescents in Berkshire, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.