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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service

 Maudsley Hospital

Contact information:

Michael Rutter Centre
De Crespigny Park

Tel: 020 3228 2749


Mode: Outpatient

Referrals are accepted from: Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS

Key areas: emerging traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) / Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), emotion regulation difficulties, self-harm, suicidal behaviour/ideation, eating difficulties, impulsivity, anger, difficulties with relationships, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD.


We are a national service specialising in the assessment and treatment of self-harm and symptoms associated with emerging traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) in young people.

We work with symptoms such as self-harm and suicidal behaviour/ideation, difficulties controlling emotions, impulsivity, anger, unstable relationships and feelings of emptiness. Many of the young people we see within our service also have comorbid difficulties such as PTSD, complex PTSD and/or disordered eating. Some young people we see within our service also present with substance misuse and other high risk behaviours.

Service Values

We are committed to maintaining high standards of care, delivering intensive, effective, evidence-based treatment to help our young people work towards their treatment goals. We work with families and systems to promote recovery in young people.

The full DBT treatment programme includes:

  • Weekly individual sessions with a DBT therapist
  • Weekly group skills training for the young person
  • Weekly group skills training for parents/ carers
  • Phone skills support offered 9-5 Monday to Friday for young people and parents/carers
  • Care-coordination
  • Family work and parent/carer sessions as required
  • Regular review meetings
  • Medication reviews as required

As a National Specialist service, we are dedicated to adding to the evidence-base for DBT, and conduct research and regular service evaluation as part of our practice. Our team also offers consultation and training to training courses, multi-disciplinary professionals and other services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder at our service
As service users are under 18 years old any reference to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) are considered in terms of emerging traits of these presentations.

Accommodation of client’s education and work commitments
We work hard with our client’s system (including school, parents’/carers’ work) to ensure that they can attend skills group which is at a set time and day of the week for 1.5 hours. Timings of individual sessions, family work, parent/carer sessions and reviews are more flexible.

Length of treatment
We currently offer an initial 8-month programme, with the possibility to extend to 12 months if the young person is using the treatment to their benefit, which includes using the treatment to minimise any self-destructive behaviours.

Referral to National and Specialist CAMHS DBT Service
This service accepts referrals from Tier 3 or 4 CAMHS. If a referral is received from Tier 4 CAMHS then the client’s local Tier 3 CAMHS would need to be in agreement of the referral. Clinicians can request a referral form using the number or email above. This service does not accept self-referrals or GP referrals.

Testimonial: Charlie's story

Charlie's story"I was sceptical about the programme at first and thought ‘what if it makes me worse?’, but I do really enjoy it. It’s useful and the skills are quite helpful…We all have different problems, so my individual therapy sessions are personal to me…" Read more