Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Service

Location: Maudsley Hospital
Mode: CAMHS Outpatient, CAMHS day patient, CAMHS outreach
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, consultant paediatricians, psychologists, GPs, CBT therapists, GP consortia, mental health professionals

Key areas: Anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, habit disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania


Our service provides assessment and treatment for young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, including body dysmorphic disorder, tic disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, anxiety and habit disorders, including trichotillomania. We also assess and treat OCD related anxiety disorders in young people with a developmental disorder, e.g. high functioning autism spectrum disorders or neurological conditions.

We provide a range of evidence-based care packages, tailored to meet the needs of the young person and their parents or carers.

Many of the young people we see are offered individual CBT, which may involve parents or carers and other family members.

We have an active research programme and are committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the disorders we treat, and developing our treatments to help improve the outcomes for young people with OCD. We offer treatment as part of a trial to the majority of young people we see. Treatment trials provide the same package of care, but under more controlled protocols.

We also offer an extensive programme of training and consultancy in the assessment, treatment and management of different aspects of OCD through seminars, workshops, individual case supervision and research project supervision.

Case study - Trevor

Trevor’s story (Naomi’s son)

When my therapist first said I could live without OCD, it was a shock, but now I feel I’m proving it to myself. A couple of sessions in, I could see things were changing again and I realised I was already getting better…

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