The Bristol Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Clinic for Young People

The Bristol CBT Clinic for young people

The Bristol Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Clinic was set up by Dr Kate Donoghue in 2020. Both she and her colleagues are passionate about helping young people with anxiety and low mood, make positive and lasting changes. Drawing on CBT as a highly effective model of treatment, young people are supported to develop strategies for managing problems and for working out new, more helpful perspectives on their world.

Dr Kate Donoghue

Dr Kate Donoghue is the Director of Bristol CBT Clinic. Since qualifying with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she has worked with children, young people and parents for 25 years.

Up until September 2020, Kate led a specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Clinic within an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Within this Clinic, she assessed and treated hundreds of young people with psychological problems including a wide range of anxiety disorders, depression, low self esteem and a variety of other emotional and psychological difficulties.

In addition to her clinical experience, Kate provides group and individual CBT supervision to CAMHS mental health professionals and accredited and trainee CBT therapists. She has taught and provided supervision on the University of Reading CBT Diploma Course.

Kate provides consultation, local CBT training and workshops and has undertaken CBT research projects under the supervision of internationally renowned Child Clinical Psychologists. As a registered mental health specialist with the UK Sports institute, Kate also provides CBT support to young elite athletes who experience mental health problems. Over the last year she has provided support on the World Class Programmes in Judo, Pentathlon, Triathlon and Swimming.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Sheffield, 1995
  • Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Kings College London, 1999
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Education, University of Hull 1989
  • Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Fully accredited Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Dr Kate Donoghue

Affiliate Clinical Psychologists and CBT Therapists working for Bristol CBT Clinic

Dr Kate Donoghue has recruited a number of other Clinical Psychologists and CBT Therapists as Clinical Affiliates of the Bristol CBT Clinic. These therapists have extensive experience and knowledge of assessing and treating young people within NHS-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). They have a proven track record of helping young people make positive and lasting changes and follow the highest standard of CBT practice, supervision and training. All affiliates are accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK.

Dr Kate Donoghue

CBT Consultation

The Clinic offers a Consultation Service to Schools, Colleges and Universities wishing to develop an understanding of how best to support and respond to mental health problems in young people. We offer this through phone calls and through one to one meetings either face to face or over Zoom. We also attend education and multi-professional meetings, where a mental health perspective facilitates an understanding of the student’s current difficulties.

As part of the Consultation Service, we provide a range of resources and frontline strategies to support professionals in their work.

“We felt much better equipped to help our students after working with Dr Donoghue” Sixth form college, Bristol

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