Dr Stephen Westgarth: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland: Dr Stephen Westgarth
A Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland specialising in managing emotional and behavioural disorders, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Dr Stephen Westgarth, MB BS MRCPsych PgDipCBT, qualified as a medical doctor from Newcastle Medical School in 1993 and undertook further medical and psychiatric training, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2000. He holds a permanent Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry post in the NHS. He is also Medical Director of Child Psychiatry UK, a private practice of medical specialists who deliver high quality care to young people with mental health and emotional problems.
Dr Westgarth assesses and treats children and young people up to 20 years of age. He has a special interest in managing emotional and behavioural disorders, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He was awarded a Post-graduate Diploma in CBT from Durham University in 2009.
Assessment and treatment of child psychiatric disorders
As Medical Director Dr Westgarth meets with each new referral personally. He undertakes a full assessment and after listening carefully develops the best plan to help. No two assessments are the same but the following areas are explored:
Concerns and details about the problems
A full history is taken including screening for all mental illnesses, educational and social situation, details about early development, physical health problems and any family history of mental health difficulties
When necessary a physical examination may be undertaken – this examination is usually chaperoned by parents, is brief, non-invasive and painless. Most young people find it fun
Who else has tried to help, what else has been tried, and what are your goals?
Armed with this information Dr Westgarth will reach a diagnosis or explain if there are other ways of understanding the problem, and will propose a plan for treatment. He will let you know what choices there are and seek your preferences.
Dr Westgarth will discuss with you who is best placed within the Child Psychiatry UK team to offer you the most expert therapeutic help. He may undertake therapeutic work personally, or refer to other Child Psychiatry UK team members. If Dr Westgarth is not undertaking therapeutic work personally he will meet with you to review progress periodically, and refine the management plan as necessary.
Depending on the circumstances Dr Westgarth and the Child Psychiatry UK team use a range of therapies including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBTi for insomnia
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Motivation Enhancement Therapy
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Sensory Integration Therapies
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Triple P Parenting Programme (enhanced)
Webster Stratton Parenting Programme
If you have a question about, or a preference for, a particular therapy Dr Westgarth is happy to discuss it in detail.
How much does it cost?
Initial consultation (1.5-2 hours), treatment plan and psychiatric report - £450
(Extensive case summaries very rarely will incur additional costs)
30 minute follow up consultation - £100
Dr Westgarth accepts payment from individuals and all recognized health insurance companies
These are guide prices. The exact tariff will be confirmed before an appointment is made.
Expert witness in child psychiatry
Dr Westgarth is available to receive instruction for expert witness work at an hourly rate of £200.
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