Call us on: 07733 274 522
Call us on: 07733 274 522

Clinical Services

Our services are uniquely responsive to your child and their difficulties. We draw on extensive professional training and experience and are guided by the best clinical guidelines.

Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Phobias

These are some of the most common yet distressing of mental health problems. The Child Psychiatry UK team delivers child anxiety treatment and a wide range of effective evidence based treatments.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD and its variants are often under recognised. Poor concentration, impulsivity and fidgeting are common features, but these can be signs of other mental illness too. A young person with ADHD frequently benefits hugely from the correct treatment. This may include behavioural therapy, school based support and medication. Child Psychiatry UK is hugely experienced in providing ADHD services in an individual and sensitive way.

Behaviour Problems

Behaviour problems are common. They are very disruptive and distressing for the whole family. They can lead to a complex web of emotions and behaviours in children. Child Psychiatry UK specialises in a range of evidence based interventions to manage these difficult problems. We get results.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

CFS/ME impacts on friendships, schooling and family life. It is very worrying and frustrating for all involved when a young person cannot live life to the full. The Child Psychiatry UK team recognises CFS/ME is a real illness and considers that usually an intricate web of physical and psychological components develops around the illness. We use a multidisciplinary team in treatment and individually tailor therapy, often including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), graded activity, systemic therapy and medication.


Children and young people can become depressed. The causes are varied and complex. Sometimes there may be a trauma, a problematic sequence of events, or a biochemical cause. Child Psychiatry UK have the necessary advanced skills to offer treatment services for depressed young people. Our services will also help prevent a recurrence. These skills include expert delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and antidepressant medication.

Children Questioning Their Gender

There has been a sharp rise in children questioning their gender, and it is often most distressing to children and parents alike. Dr Westgarth takes an evidence-based approach to this difficult problem, and respects the sensible conclusions of the Cass review. Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of comorbidities, reflection, thinking space and development of wider identity are key facets of what can help. It is essential for parents to be appropriately involved.


Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are surprisingly common problems for young people. Dr Westgarth and the Child Psychiatry UK team have considerable experience of managing these serious and distressing conditions. Our services follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and are strongly focused on Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Excessive weight gain in children is an increasingly common problem. At Child Psychiatry UK, we pride ourselves in being one of very few services regionally who actively manages these problems with family interventions, motivation enhancement therapy, counselling, CBT and the latest developments in dietetics and exercise. Dr Westgarth was a professional member of the national NICE guideline development panel for managing overweight children (PH47) published in October 2013.

Selective Mutism

Child Psychiatry UK has had considerable success in helping young people with Selective Mutism. Selective Mutism is a symptom which can have many causes. Our approach is to develop understanding and from that a unique management plan. This has been of great benefit to many patients.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a common disorder which may present with unwelcome repetitive thoughts or behaviours. These may be kept secret by the young person due to a sense of shame. Dr Westgarth has a special interest in the treatment of OCD. Our services include possible Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or medication, but as always, we adopt an individually tailored approach.

Social Phobia

Social Phobia/Anxiety may lead to isolation, withdrawal and loneliness. Many young people with this diagnosis feel hopeless. Some turn to unhelpful coping strategies. Social Phobia is often treated very effectively using a combination of approaches, but Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and sometimes medication.

Tic Disorder

Tic Disorders take many forms but can occasionally be severe and distressing. Dr Westgarth and the Child Psychiatry UK team have considerable experience managing this complex range of problems. We undertake a detailed medical history and investigations and ensure both medical and psychological services are available as appropriate. We have much experience in delivering Habit Reversal Training and Exposure and Response Prevention work with young people.

All other emotional, psychological and psychiatric problems

Many young people’s difficulties do not fit neatly into a diagnosis. All of our work is individually tailored to suit the young person, their difficulties, choices and resources. This means that when a young person has a unique difficulty we are ideally placed to develop a rich understanding and deliver a highly effective management plan and service to solve that problem.

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Child Psychiatry UK is a private practice of medical specialists who deliver high quality care to young people with mental health and emotional problems.

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Patient Testimonials

“Dr Westgarth was the first person we had come across who fully understood what we were going through and knew how to help my son. I just wish that every parent of a child with Selective Mutism was as fortunate as we were to get the assistance we had. What a wonderful, kind and understanding man he is. I have recommended him to all parents of children with Selective Mutism.”

Parent of a boy with Selective Mutism