Location: Maudsley Hospital
Length of treatment: 6 to18 months. Short term: 16-24 sessions. Long term: 12-24 months
Referrals are accepted from: GP’s, Seconary and Tertiary Services
Key areas: Borderline personality disorder, self-harm
Our service is for people who repeatedly self-harm and who have chronic interpersonal difficulties. The service has been designed to work with people that other services have found difficult to help and who make frequent use of emergency services or multiple care agencies.
Many of our patients have been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder and also have a range of other mental health problems including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and alcohol or drug misuse. They often have enduring emotional problems linked to severe adverse experiences during their early life.
I’ve had a long history of self-harm… from around the age of nine. There was less of a worry when I was young, but as I got older it increased and I felt I couldn’t manage it anymore. I was living my life from crisis to crisis – self-harm to self-harm. What I was doing became life threatening…