Professionals involved in mental health services for teenagers
If your child has a mental health problem, she might see several different mental health professionals with qualifications in areas like psychiatry, social work, counselling, psychology, education and youth work.
Your child might work with some professionals for just a short time and have a longer-term relationship with others.
Here are some of the main professionals you and your child might come across. You might find that the services of different professionals overlap – for example, some psychologists also offer counselling.
If your teenage child needs to see a mental health professional, you want to be sure that you and your child are choosing the right person. You can read more about what to expect from mental health professionals for teenagers
GPs and teenage mental health
Your GP is the first port of call if you’re concerned about your child’s mental health. Many people start by going to their GPs for initial assessment and referral to adolescent mental health professionals, like psychiatrists or psychologists.
Many young people are happy to see their family GPs, but others might like to see different doctors. It’s worthwhile finding a GP who has a special interest in adolescence and one your child feels comfortable with. Some GPs have also done additional training in mental health.
When you find a GP you and your child feel comfortable with, you can get to know each other and talk openly. A GP who has your child’s detailed medical history can make a diagnosis much more easily and recommend the best treatment options.