Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma

Location: Maudsley Hospital
Mode: Outpatient
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, counsellors, CMHTs, GPs, GP consortia

Key areas: Body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, specific phobia


Our centre is the leader in both research and clinical treatment of anxiety in the UK. We treat people whose main problem is an anxiety disorder, especially obsessive compulsive disorder (including hoarding), body dysmorphic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social phobia. We work with people to free them from their anxiety disorder and to improve their quality of life.

We provide cutting-edge CBT treatment for anxiety disorders. Many of these treatments have been developed by our own teams, have been very effective in randomised-controlled trials, and are subject to high levels of quality control. All of our therapists receive clinical supervision to ensure the quality of our therapy. We have an active patient user group who advise us on both research and service provision.

CADAT now offers intensively delivered CBT for perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, i.e. women experiencing OCD during pregnancy or in the first postnatal year. Women referred by this route will receive 12 hours of CBT, typically 4 intensive sessions delivered over a two-week period, with up to 3 hour long monthly follow-ups. Please note this is an outpatient service and patients are required to travel to the Centre for the 4 treatment sessions. Referrals accepted under this service will be prioritized for treatment.

To make a referral to the perinatal service, use the online system here using the care option ‘OCD’. Please note that if not already in place, we will seek funding from the local CCG prior to assessment and treatment.

To discuss potential PERINATAL referrals, or if you have any queries about the service please email fiona.challacombe@slam.nhs.uk or call 020 3228 3696 (Thursday or Friday). For all other enquires please contact our main office number 0203 228 2101.

You can read more about all of CADAT services by clicking on the following KCL webpage link: www.kcl.ac.uk/cadat




Case study - Paul

Paul’s Story

I’d often be embarrassed in social situations, and when I’d blush I felt like other people knew about it…The treatment taught me to confront the social situations I found difficult. Part of the therapy was to put myself in experimental situations with others…

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