Psychotherapy Services

The Trust's psychotherapy services provide specialist, evidence-based psychological therapies to clients with personality and complex chronic emotional adjustment disorders. Clients are referred either direct from GPs and other mental health providers or are stepped up from briefer, less intensive interventions provided by local primary care mental health teams. Clients will usually have had a previous mental health intervention, and have a degree of complexity such as personality disorder, poor response to previous psychological interventions or difficulty with engagement.

Some of the common examples of the types of difficulties that our services may be able to help with include:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Chronic and complex depression and anxiety
  • Effects of abuse
  • Severe difficulties relating to others

Clients will receive an assessment or brief initial intervention with a specialist, qualified psychotherapist who will help them to choose a specific type of therapy or suggest other ways of working on their difficulties.

A number of different evidence-based therapies are available:

  • Individual psychotherapy including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Psychodynamic/Interpersonal therapy (PIT)
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Systemic family therapy
  • Intensive therapies for personality disorder: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and therapeutic community.
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) for borderline personality disorder.
  • Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for borderline personality disorder.

Clients are seen by qualified specialist psychotherapists or by trainees working under close supervision.   

The services also offer specialist consultation, supervision, advice and training in relation to psychotherapy and personality disorder.