The Specialist Psychotherapy Service offers treatment, consultation and advice to adults aged 18 and over who are experiencing complex mental health difficulties that have not responded to previous treatment.
We are a tertiary service which means we accept referrals from a range of sources and professionals, including SPA, primary care (GPs or IAPT) and secondary care (Recovery Service).
We also provide specialist education and training to both universities in Sheffield, and actively take part in research projects.
The Specialist Psychotherapy Service is split into two specialist teams, the Mood, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychotherapy Service (MAPPS) and the Personality/Complex Trauma Team.
Mood, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychotherapy Service (MAPPS)
This team works with people who are experiencing long-term or recurrent problems related to symptoms that are generally described as:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Anxiety Disorders (for example Social Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
The people we support may be experiencing difficulties in more than one of these areas and will have tried other first line treatments such as therapy, counselling or medication at least once before being referred to us.
We also provide clinical supervision, consultation on complex cases and training to other professionals.
Personality/Complex Trauma Team
This team offers direct psychotherapy to service users living with a diagnosis or traits of Emotionally Unstable or Borderline Personality Disorder, and/or Complex Trauma. We offer advice and consultation to other services and teams in the Trust, as well as contributing to postgraduate training programmes.