Helping children and teenagers with anxiety and low mood make positive and lasting changes

Helping Young People

Many children, teenagers and students, struggle with every day low mood, worries, fears and panic. The more these symptoms are ignored or avoided, the worse it gets. Over time, these difficulties when left untreated, can impact on a young person’s social, school/University and home life. They can also start to affect confidence and self-esteem. This is when professional help may be needed.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment for children and young people who are struggling to cope with anxiety, low mood and a wide range of other psychological and emotional difficulties.

At Bristol CBT Clinic, we provide highly specialist CBT assessment and treatment for children, teenagers and students. We are dedicated to only working with young people up to the age of 25 years and to offering CBT interventions which are evidence-based and highly effective.

Anxiety Problems

CBT is very effective for generalised anxiety, social phobia, separation anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Low Mood

CBT is recommended for treating Depression, Low self esteem and low self confidence.


CBT is strongly supported as a therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Other Conditions

Eating problems, anger management difficulties, sleep problems, body image concerns, physical health problems and health anxiety also respond well to CBT.

How to get help

CBT appointments to help for young people

If you are wondering if the CBT Clinic can help you, we offer a free, no-obligation 20 minute telephone consultation for young people or their parents.

CBT appointments to help for young people

Your first assessment session will last between 60 and 75 minutes. Together we will develop a treatment plan with clear goals.

CBT appointments to help for young people

CBT sessions are offered over an agreed period of weekly/fortnightly 50 minute sessions.

As CBT is a time-limited and brief psychological therapy, the average number of sessions tends to be between 6 and 20.

Self help


Our articles section contains a series of tips and ideas to help young people make positive and lasting changes.

New articles are added each month.

View here

Our Young Balanced Minds podcast series, features conversations between Dr Kate Donoghue and young people who have used CBT to help them with their mental health problems.

View here

The Bristol CBT Clinic have created a series of factsheets with information on many of the problems faced by children, teenagers and students. These are also helpful for parents.

View here

We have listed a wide range of resources including helplines, websites and apps. These cover a variety of concerns which may be helpful for children and young people who are seeking support or already engaged with therapy services.

View here

Support for Professionals

The Bristol CBT Clinic has extensive experience of helping other professionals support young people with mental health problems.

We provide high quality CBT Supervision to Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and to CBT Therapists who are applying for or maintaining their professional accreditation. Supervision is also offered to other Therapists who use CBT skills in their work with young people. In addition to Supervision, we provide Training and Consultation. We have many years’ experience of helping teachers and a wide range of educational professionals at Schools, Colleges and Universities. We have also supported professionals working in Social Care, in Foster and Adoption Agencies and in other Statutory and Voluntary Agencies.


Read our latest articles

exam anxiety

Exam Anxiety

Published on 06.05.2022

The what, why, and how of exam anxiety, providing the knowledge you need to identify and support a young person who is struggling

Read more ...

A good night's sleep

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

Published on 21.04.2022

We spend about a third of our lives asleep. So, what happens when we sleep? And how can we improve it?

Read more ...

effect of attachment

Self Injury Awareness Month

Published on 23.3.2022

So why do so many young people self-harm and what can they do to help and support themselves?

Read more ...

BABCP Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic
HCPC Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic
Aviva Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic
Axa Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic
Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic
Bupa Accreditations for Bristol CBT Clinic

Get in touch with us today

Find out how the Bristol CBT Clinic can help you with Supervision, Consultation or Training