Seeing a Psychologist at the CDC

What we do

The Paediatric Clinical psychology service at the CDC, is a specialised mental health service for children, young people and their families who are experiencing significant emotional, behavioural and psychological distress specifically linked to their neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD, Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties) or neuromuscular condition. Significant means that the distress is impacting on several areas of their lives; for example at home, at school/college, and in their wider social life.

We provide short-term, intensive and highly specialised psychological support both face to face at the Child Development Centre or online via our Attend Anywhere platform.  Willl will discuss what will be most suitable for you during your initial contact with the team.

Some of the areas we may support include:

  • Support with managing difficult feelings like anxiety, anger and sadness
  • Adjustment to living with feelings of difference due to Neurodiversity or Neuromuscular conditions
  • Supporting caregivers to understand the needs behind and to positively support, distressed behaviour from their child or young person
  • Providing group based interventions such as Circle of Security, Mindfulness for Young People with ADHD, Parent group for understanding anxiety
  • Be part of the MultidisciplinaryTeam assessment process for Autism in pre-school and school age pathways

How to access support

Our referrals come from members of the Paediatric service; these could be Consultant Paediatricians, other specialist consultants or specialist nurses. We do not accept referrals directly from families or from GPs so if you have a concern that you think we can help with, please speak to the clinician holding your care in the first instance.

Resources

We have created several resources which you might find helpful here:

Signposting Padlet   www.CDCgo.link/services     – regularly updated and has links to a variety of resources and support services including: crisis numbers, parenting, teenagers, self-harm, financial and housing, bullying, gender and sexuality, siblings, young carers, mental health services, sleep, screens, internet and media, continence, domestic abuse, school refusal, parental conflict/separation, bereavement, neurodiversity, Tourette’s/tics, leisure and wellbeing, sensory processing, service families, dieting and eating, self-esteem, counselling

Anxiety Padlet  www.CDCgo.link/anxiety - regularly updated with helpful videos, book recommendations and resources about anxiety

Self-Harm resources www.CDCgo.link/Harm - regularly updated with book and app recommendations and links to free online group for young people, crisis numbers

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