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Psychiatric assessments for children & teenagers

A psychiatric assessment is a diagnostic process used to identify mental health concerns in children. It uses evidence-based methods to find the cause of a child's difficulties, evaluate symptoms, and determine the appropriate support to set them on a path to improved mental health.

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What can a psychiatric assessment diagnose?

A psychiatric assessment can diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health issues in children, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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A psychiatric assessment is a powerful tool that provides valuable insights into a child's mental health, so we can design effective treatment plans to empower them to reach their full potential.


If you are concerned about your child, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We'll help identify the cause and guide you in providing the support they need.

What happens in a psychiatric assessment?

Your child's psychiatrist will work with them to understand their mental state and wellbeing. This includes observing behaviour, discussing thoughts and feelings, and evaluating cognitive and emotional functioning. Information about family and personal history is also gathered to provide appropriate treatment recommendations.

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What happens after the assessment?

1

Receive your child's report

After carefully evaluating all the information gathered during the assessment, your child's psychiatrist will make their conclusion. You will then receive a comprehensive psychiatric report by email. This will include a clear diagnosis (where one can be given), and personalised treatment recommendations.

2

Start treatment

Your child's psychiatrist may suggest additional treatment options, such as referral to another healthcare professional or medication. We are happy to help you arrange these treatments privately or through the NHS to ensure your child receives the best care possible.

3

See what's working

If you feel that a treatment or service isn't effective, please let us know. We want to ensure that your child receives the best care possible, and it may be that a different approach or another assessment is needed. Your GP can also assist in finding a more effective treatment.

Give your child the best chance for success


Seeking professional help is the first step to creating a plan to take control of their issues, build resilience, and learn important skills to help them thrive.

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FAQs

A psychiatric assessment for a child or teenager costs £895.

The price includes an assessment and a detailed written report, which will consist of a diagnosis (where one can be given) and a personalised treatment plan.

Your child's psychiatrist will make an evaluation and write a detailed clinical report. This can take up to 15 working days.

The report will consist of a diagnosis (where one can be given) and a personalised treatment plan.

Sessions usually last between 60-120 minutes, depending on the type of appointment required.

All of our psychiatric assessments are conducted by a consultant psychiatrist.

Yes, both options are available, subject to availability. We have clinics across the UK. More information about our clinics can be found on our location page.

No, your child doesn't need a GP referral to receive a general psychiatric assessment.