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What we do

We are a specialist outpatient service for patients with complex needs including personality disorder.

Our specialist unit offers treatment to adults with severe and enduring mental health problems. These difficulties often take their origin from early on in life e.g childhood/adolescence. Such individuals largely do not benefit from brief focused treatment and require something of much longer duration that engages them as a whole person.

What to expect

We offer assessment, consultation and treatments individually tailored to each patient.

An important part of our approach is an understanding that patients with personality disorders and other severe mental health problems need a significant length of treatment to provide sufficient containment for a developmental process to take place.

Most often, we offer twice-weekly individual psychotherapy for two years, followed by the possibility of group therapy for a period of several years. We liaise closely with referrers throughout treatment, but expect that during the time patients are in the unit, there is only limited active use of other services.

How to access this service

We accept referrals from GPs and mental health professionals involved in the patient’s care.

NHS e-Referral Service

To locate the service on the NHS e-Referral Service, enter the following in the search fields:

  • Organisation of Site Name field: Tavistock and Portman
  • Service name: Adult Complex Needs – Tavistock & Portman NHSFT          
  • Priority: Routine
  • Speciality: Mental Health – Adults of all ages
  • Clinic Type: Anxiety/Depression/Stress: Mild/Moderate
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