We offer access to a team of specialists on the unit.

We also provide access to:

  • Education Base;
  • Occupational Therapy Groups;
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy;
  • Dietetics;
  • Clinical Psychologists;
  • Medical team;
  • Specialist nursing and activity groups;
  • Advocates.

Sometimes there are group meetings.

Education Base

Our education base provides schooling from specialist teachers whilst young people stay at Thorneywood. Click to find out more.

Occupational Therapy Groups

The Occupational Therapist will meet with you and complete an initial assessment of your needs. Following this you may make some treatment goals together. Some young people struggle with daily activities such as cooking, dressing and accessing the community or going shopping. The OT will support you to achieve what you want to and help improve your confidence and self-esteem through individual and group work.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating BPD. DBT is offered to any young person deemed appropriate through the weekly reviews regardless of diagnosis.


A dietitian can meet with you and assess specific nutritional needs and provide a meal plan to manage this. A dietitian will meet with a young person dependent on need. This service can be obtained following referral through the weekly ward rounds.

Clinical Psychologists

A clinical psychologist has knowledge of the psychological difficulties that can impact on young people and families, and things that may help.

They draw on psychological theory and research to inform their work, and  have experience in a number of different psychological therapy models.

These are some things a Clinical Psychologist can help with:

  • Help young people and families develop an understanding of difficulties;
  • Develop problem solving skills and coping strategies;
  • Encourage useful skills and good relationships;
  • Build on strengths and resources.

Medical Team

Our medical team will help manage your mental and physical health and form an important part of team discussions when looking at these two issues together.


Our nurses receive specialist CAMHS training ensuring they are skilled in this particular area of mental health. The nursing team provide care and support 24/7 for young people and provide 1:1 sessions with young people to discuss concerns, difficulties and how life is going.


The advocate can support you to be involved in decisions about your care and understand your rights.


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