Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Service

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

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


This service is part of the OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service - see here for information on Body Dysmorphic Service

Our service provides assessment and treatment for young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, including BDD,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. 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 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.


The Referral Process 

Families, GPs and referrers are welcome to contact us for information. Written referrals should usually come from the local child and adolescent mental health team (CAMHS). We are unable to accept GP referral unless supported by the local CAMHS.

To watch a short video clip about our assessment process please click here: https://vimeo.com/291701379 - (password: assessment)

Find out more about how to refer to our service by using the links below:

After a referral has been received, we will write to the family and offer an appointment for an assessment if the type of difficulty seems appropriate for our clinic. We will ask the young person and family to fill out some questionnaires prior to the assessment. This helps us focus our assessment to best utilise the time we have.

All service users referred to our service will be expected to maintain contact with their local CAMHS. These services will receive correspondence from our team throughout treatment.

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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