Assessment will involve a standard interview with the young person and parents. Psychometric testing will be used to assess behaviour, emotions, and personality for children and adolescents aged 6 to 21 years.

    The initial assessment session will take 90 minutes.
    Therapy sessions will be 60 minutes duration.


    Family based treatment (FBT) is the preferred treatment for a young person who has anorexia nervosa and sometimes bulimia nervosa. FBT, which is often called the “Maudsley approach” named after the London hospital where it was developed.
    It involves weekly appointments with an FBT clinician and may include the whole family.


    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment approach for a range of childhood disorders including anxiety and depression. CBT aims to:
    1) to help a young person identify and challenge unhelpful thought processes; and
    2) to help the young person learn positive coping strategies to reduce distress.



    Young adults with eating disorders can benefit from another form of treatment called ‘cognitive behaviour therapy – enhanced version’ (CBT-E). CBT-E focused on identifying and challenging the abnormal thoughts about food and body image associated with binge eating and/or purging. This type of treatment is generally provided in a one on one setting.



    Interpersonal therapy helps reduce psychological problems by helping the young person understand their current problems within the context of ongoing personal relationships. Techniques commonly taught include self-monitoring of feelings, identification of the link between feelings and events and communication skills role-playing of real world situations.


  • Behavioural Interventions

    This treatment approach is most commonly used for ADHD, social and behavioural problems. The interventions focus on training social-cognitive skills or altering specific behavioural patterns in order to increasing the rate of positive social contact and cooperation and decreasing the rate of aggression and disruption. Individual child sessions are combined with parent sessions.


  • Mindfulness Based Approach

    Mindfulness is a skills based approach that helps young people develop healthy coping strategies to manage intense distress. Mindfulness skills include mindful breathing, mindful activity and breathing meditations. These skills can help a young person to become mindful of their thoughts and feelings, to become observers, and to tolerate distress.




Crisis Assessment Teams
Psychiatric triage information, assessment and referral.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telephone: 1300 363 746


Lifeline Hotline
Suicide Support and Prevention
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telephone: 13 11 14 OR CLICK HERE