The Camden Parents’ Wellbeing Service

We are a small team of counselling and clinical psychologists and trainee psychologists providing psychological therapy to parents who are Camden residents or parents with GPs in the borough of Camden. We are based in child, adolescent and adult mental health services in Camden across NHS and Camden Council contexts.

The aim of our interventions is to improve the mental health of parents, with the intention of this having a positive impact on the care and mental health of their children. Our work may involve individual therapy, and couple and family work, where appropriate. We also offer consultations to professionals within and beyond our host services.

Parents living in Camden or those with a Camden-based GP. To work with one of our psychologists, parents’ must be accessing one of the services listed below.

  • Camden iCope
  • Camden Children’s Centres
  • Camden Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
  • Families in Focus

Once you have been referred to a psychologist, you will be invited to attend an assessment session. You are welcome to bring anyone along to the session whom you may feel helpful to you, e.g. partner, friend, mental health professional. After assessment, a decision will be made about whether psychological therapy treatment will be offered to you within our team.

If treatment continues, the goals for the intervention will be agreed between you and the clinician and the intervention will be targeted at achieving these goals. You will be seen on a fortnightly basis, with treatment reviewed after every six treatment sessions. The treatment models offered within our team include: systemic (thinking about family dynamics), narrative and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. Depending on the context, sessions can be offered in clinics, in community sites, or in parents’ homes.

  • High service user satisfaction rates
  • Flexibility, timely allocation decisions, and short waiting-lists
  • Consultations and training offered to professionals
  • Utilising a systemic approach enables us to address and keep in mind all the key aspects in the service user’s system and wider network, including family members and professionals who may be involved

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