Who is our service for?
We work as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (or CAMHS), supporting children and young people, and the families of children and young people, who have complex mental health needs.
How do we help?
Family therapists are professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists who have done specialist training.
Family therapy is a way of working with families so they can understand and deal better with problems that family members may be going through. The idea of family therapy is to draw on the strengths and commitment that exist in a family to help tackle these problems. Family therapy can improve communication and help family members understand one another better.
If we accept a referral, we then arrange a meeting with the family. This session may last between one and one and a half hours. After this first session, we work with the family members in group and 1-on-1sessions. The sessions involve generating solutions and understandings through language. The focus of the conversations will have been agreed beforehand between the therapist and the family.
As well as the work we do with families, we give advice to colleagues from CAMHS and other child-focussed agencies. This might be on specific families, as well as on their family work generally. We also offer training in the ideas of family therapy to professionals and parents.
How do you access or refer into our service?
We accept referrals from any professional who knows the family.
How do you contact us?
We work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
48 Lodge Road
Tel: 0121-612-6620 or 0121-544-6203