Secure personality disorder services for women

St Andrew’s delivers a dedicated service for women with personality disorder (PD), with an extended pathway to open rehabilitation.

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Our specialist programmes are tailored to the complex treatment needs of people living with PD, and are designed to accelerate their return to a community setting. We engage patients in an intensive series of behavioural and cognitive therapies delivered in group and individual settings within a therapeutic environment.

Gender-specific care with dedicated treatment models and leading specialist experts help to achieve the best possible outcomes for the women in our care.

Our service is driven by specialist PD psychologists and psychiatrists and supported by a full multidisciplinary team (MDT).

 

Our service at a glance

  • PD specialist MDT and experienced staff
  • a service for women (gender-specific wards) aged over 18 and an adolescent service
  • tailored regimes for co-morbid diagnosis
  • assessment and treatment of complex and challenging behaviours
  • psychosocial therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and schema focused therapy
  • a pathway to community re-integration
  • skills training through individual and group therapy
  • personally tailored therapy programmes.

 

Our unique delivery of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Our DBT programme started in 1997 and was the first to be used in a secure setting.  DBT is a manualised CBT approach designed for women with complex needs. It integrates elements from CBT with strategies of accepting reality as it is 'in the moment' (Mindfulness).  Our programme* includes:

  • twice-weekly skills training groups
  • weekly individual therapy sessions
  • unscheduled skills coaching
  • consultation with the therapists delivering the treatment.

* We use a DBT-informed model of care in our low secure female service in Essex

 

Delivering therapy around the clock

Our clinical environment is designed for patients to receive a therapeutic learning experience 24-hours a day. We can adapt the learning environment to provide patients with increasing autonomy as they progress, to support their transition to step-down and community living.

 

CQC and Quality Network feedback

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