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Psychological Therapies

Rotherham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers a range of psychological therapies for children aged 5-18 years old and their families. Referrals for therapy are made following an  assessment by other CAMHS staff and discussion with the child/young person and their family. Unfortunately, there is a waiting list but families will be supported by other staff within CAMHS/other agencies whilst they are waiting. There are also some online resources in the ‘Useful Links’ section of this website that may be helpful.

The psychological therapies pathway is able to offer a range of different therapies including Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy and Child Psychotherapy. These may be offered on their own or with another approach depending on the needs of the child and family, their preferences and clinical guidance and the available evidence base. There are several different staff within the pathway e.g. Clinical Psychologists and therapists trained in specific kinds of therapies. More information on the different staff within CAMHS can be found in the ‘Our People’ section of this website. More information about the different kinds of therapy is below:

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

A therapy developed to help people with issues of shame and self-criticism. It helps people to learn how to experience kindness and acceptance towards themselves and others, and to feel safe and capable in a world that can seem overwhelming. CFT is a good approach to working with trauma, anger, worry, pain and depression, particularly where shame or self-criticism is present.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A therapy that supports a child or family to work on their difficulties by learning about the connections between thoughts, behaviours and physical/body responses and the impact these can have on feelings.

Family Therapy

When one member of a family has a difficulty, it tends to impact on everyone in the family. Often, solving a problem or difficulty for a child or young person requires support from family members. Family therapy  is a therapy that helps families work together to improve relationships and support each other in finding solutions to problems arising from mental health difficulties.

Child Psychotherapy

A psychotherapist will help a child or young person to understand and manage difficult feelings by meeting regularly with them and developing a safe, stable relationship in which they can explore those feelings. Sometimes another clinician will offer parent support work alongside the individual work with the young person. Engaging with parents and carers to support the young person’s therapy  and emotional development can greatly improve the long-term effectiveness of any therapy offered.