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, perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder


Our services is a leader in both research and clinical treatment of anxiety disorders in the UK. We are an outpatient clinic which treats people whose primary problem is a specific anxiety disorder, as listed above. CADAT now also offers intensively delivered CBT for perinatal OCD and anxiety disorders, and we prioritise treatment for these women during pregnancy or in the first postnatal year.

We work with people to free them from their anxiety disorder and to improve their quality of life. We provide cutting edge cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety disorders, including trauma-focused CBT for PTSD. The CBT treatments we offer are those recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Our services are particularly suitable for people with severe anxiety disorders, or those who have not made sufficient progress with CBT locally, or where the local secondary care services are not well developed for people with severe anxiety disorders.

Many of these treatments have been developed by our own team, have been very effective in randomized controlled trials, and are subject to high levels of quality control. All our therapists are accredited CBT therapists and receive clinical supervision to ensure the quality of treatment. We have an active service user group who advise us on both research and service provision.

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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