There are several different types of psychotherapy that have been proven to be effective and are offered by the NHS. Some of these are described below. However, if your CAMHS practitioner thinks that another therapy approach might be helpful, they should explain to you what it is and how it works.
- Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) – CAT therapy helps us to look at patterns of relating, and the effect these patterns are having on how we feel, our problems and our relationships. It brings together ideas from other therapies such as CBT and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy into one. It is an active therapy that helps you to take part in the process of change in your own way. Further information can be found at acat.me.uk.
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) – looks at the way difficulties can be triggered and maintained by events involving relationships with others. It helps you to cope with the feelings involved as well as working out coping strategies.
- Humanistic Therapies – this included counselling approaches which encourage you to think about yourself more positively and aim to improve your self-awareness. Therapists will offer you a non-judgemental space and be guided by what you want to talk about.