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Treatment Services for Children, Adolescents, Parents and Families

The Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT) provides psychotherapy to children and adolescents and their parents or guardians to address the following types of concerns:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Difficulties with Social Relationships

Approaches to therapy are selected to match the presenting problem. These often include cognitive behaviour therapy, tailored to the child’s learning style. We adopt a family-centred, strengths based approach to intervention.   

Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents

**Please note that our wait list for assessment services is currently closed and that we are not accepting new referrals for this service due to our already lengthy wait list!**

Older child assessmentCommon Reasons for Referrals

Parents often call the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT) if they are concerned about their child’s excessive fears, irritable mood, or social adjustment difficulties. These concerns may be noticed at school or in the family home. Sometimes these adjustment difficulties take the form of oppositional or aggressive behaviour. While at times, the child may be asking for help, it is more common that it is the adults in the child’s life (parents, teachers, relatives) that notice something is amiss, and outside help is needed.

Intake process for children and families

Due to the nature of our centre we are unable to provide services for all presenting issues. Please see Service Exclusions for details.

children servicesWhen you contact us seeking services this is the sequence of events:

  • The Centre Coordinator will take the information necessary to enter you into our database and will pass on that information to our Centre Assistants.
  • Within a week a Centre Assistant will contact you to ask more detailed questions about the difficulties your child has in order to determine if our services seem appropriate for your needs. If you are a teenager and you are contacting us directly, we will make every effort to respect your wishes about parent involvement.
  • If we think we can help, your name will be put on the Centre wait list. If not, we will provide you with the names and contact details of other services.
  • Once a Centre clinician becomes available, he/she will contact you to schedule a diagnostic assessment which will involve you and your child, and you will also be forwarded a package of questionnaires to complete and bring in at the first assessment session.
  • Treatment can usually start the following week, unless after the assessment we think you would be better served by another mental health care service.
  • You will be provided with a copy of assessment and discharge reports, which you can share with other professionals as you choose.

How long is the wait

The wait time varies depending on the time of year, the type of problem for which you are seeking services in relation to the expertise of the clinicians and supervisors currently able to take cases, and other factors. We invite you to check in with us regularly about your status on the wait list and we also encourage you to investigate other services as well. Please know that providing timely services is an utmost priority for us and we are actively pursuing every means we can to reduce wait times.