Our clinic offers evidence-based treatment for adolescents, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). CBT is a well-established and effective psychotherapeutic intervention for a range of mental health conditions commonly experienced by adolescents, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, self-harm, and low self-esteem.

Benefits of CBT for Common Adolescent Conditions


CBT is considered a gold standard treatment for anxiety disorders in youth. It has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and in lowering recurrence rates. CBT for anxiety typically involves identifying and changing problematic thinking patterns and behaviours, and it includes exposure to feared stimuli to reduce avoidance.


CBT for adolescent depression focuses on addressing cognitive and behavioural skills deficits. It helps in identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and cognitive distortions. Research supports the efficacy of CBT in reducing depressive symptoms and suggests that it can also lower the risk of relapse when combined with medication management.


CBT for adolescents with ADHD is designed to address the unique challenges faced by this age group. It has been found to be well-tolerated and can lead to clinical improvements. CBT for ADHD often includes skills training and strategies to improve self-esteem, attention, and overall functioning.


CBT, particularly with exposure and response prevention (ERP), is a primary treatment for OCD. It helps individuals confront their fears without engaging in compulsive behaviours, leading to a reduction in OCD symptoms.

Self-Harm and Low Self-Esteem

CBT can be effective in addressing underlying issues that contribute to self-harm and low self-esteem. By working on negative thought patterns and promoting healthier coping strategies, CBT can help adolescents develop a more positive self-image and reduce self-harming behaviours.

Customization and Family Involvement

CBT can be tailored to the individual needs of adolescents, considering familial and cultural factors. Involving parents in the therapy process, through psychoeducation and active participation in treatment sessions, can enhance the effectiveness of CBT and help with the generalization of skills learned in therapy.

CBT is a versatile and evidence-based treatment that can be effectively used to address a wide range of mental health conditions in adolescents. It is a skills-based, time-limited therapy that empowers adolescents to make lasting changes, with the potential for continued improvement even after the completion of therapy.


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CBT & NEUROPSYCHOLOGY CENTRE 1 Anderson Court, Newnham Road Cambridge CB3 9EZ