General psychiatry adolescents

Our general psychiatry programme for adolescents aims to provide help, support, and relief to young people 12 - 18 who suffer from a range of psychiatric disorders.

Who will benefit from this programme?

The general psychiatry programme caters for young patients with a wide range of symptoms associated with psychiatric illnesses such as major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders.

Our adolescent programme

The treatment programme in the adolescent units is a fully holistic one. We focus on treating each adolescent patient in the full context of what is going on in their life - including family, school, friends, community, and anything else that needs to be taken into account.

This programme is designed to help young people learn how to self-regulate in any environment they may need to, using sensory strategies and practical skills. There is also an experiential aspect to this programme, allowing for real life learning with the support of qualified therapists.

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Because of the sensitivities in dealing with underage patients, a pre-admission assessment is often required. The team will assess whether admission is right for the young person, and whether we would be able to effectively contain and treat the adolescent in a way that is beneficial to their mental health going forward.

What to expect

The treatment programme

The programme consists of a combination of individual and group therapy, skills development, mindfulness, therapeutic, relaxation, and leisure/social activities.

The programme consists of the following:

  • Individual therapy

  • Family therapy where required

  • Mindfulness

  • Leisure/social activities

  • Group therapy

  • Skills development

  • Therapeutic relaxation

The multidisciplinary treatment team

The multidisciplinary treatment team comprises of professionals with a specialist interest and expertise
in adolescent development and psychiatry, and includes:

Nursing staff




Social workers

The dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) model

Dialectical behaviour therapy, more commonly known as DBT, is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy used in psychotherapy. It’s highly effective, and helps to treat many mental health disorders such as depression, substance abuse disorders, borderline personality disorder, and many more.

The main theory behind DBT is that people are often more likely to react strongly or in a way that is concerning only in particular situations. These emotional situations occur mainly in relationships with family, romantic partners, or friends. Among other things, DBT teaches people with these intense arousal levels how to manage their stress, their distress, and their emotional reactions in order to cope better with these often destructive emotional surges.

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Take a self-assessment

Our adolescent self-assessment is designed especially for young people, and can help you to understand more about how you're feeling and help you find the assistance you may need.

Complete self-assessment

We offer mental healthcare for a range of disorders

Disorders treated in the adolescent programme

The adolescent programme offers mental
healthcare for a range of disorders.
Understanding more about these disorders can help you to know when you may need help.

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Get in touch

As part of our commitment to providing the best and safest care to all of our patients, we listen. If you have anything you'd like to ask us, or need assistance accessing our services, please get in touch.

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