How our service can help you
The Personality Disorder Community Service aims to help people with a diagnosis of personality disorder improve their social functioning, reduce their self-destructive behaviours and achieve a greater feeling of wellbeing.
What is a personality disorder?
Personality disorders are longstanding dysfunctional ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that cause distress to the person themselves and to others. The symptoms can be very disabling and confusing, can affect many different aspects of life and make it hard for them to cope and feel content. However, it is important to remember that alongside this, there are areas of strength and ability, and that it is possible to recover aspects of functioning that seem damaged.
What do we offer?
We offer a treatment programme using interventions based on NICE guidance. It is likely to require about a year’s commitment overall. Our service provides:
- Assessment and treatment advice
- Help, advice, support and signposting
- Risk assessment, formulation and management
- Care plan developed with service user
- Daily crisis support
- Medication review and management
- Relapse planning
- Time-limited specialist interventions including:
- Mentalisation-based group therapy
- MOHO based goal setting group
- DBT-based interventions for emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
Contact the service
The Old Town Hall
17 Bridge Street
Chesterton Medical Centre
35 Union Lane
T: 01733 746800
Please note that PDCS accepts referrals only from GPs/medical professionals referring the patient to the Primary Care Mental Health Service in the first instance. The Primary Care Mental Health Service worker will then liaise with PDCS directly. If you are a member of the public, you need to ask your GP to refer you to the Primary Care Mental Health Service. You cannot self-refer. Referrals from teams within CPFT or enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to park and are there parking charges?
Limited free parking at Chesterton Medical Centre. Peterborough clients should use the public car parks, or phone ahead for parking advice.
Is there access and support for patients and visitors with a disability?
Please ring the team before your appointment to discuss any requirements.
How to cancel your appointment
Please call 01733 746800.
Other essential information
- Making Connections Group: Everyone engaging in treatment will be offered a 12-week psychoeducational group, aimed at teaching skills like mindfulness, managing emotional states, relational skills and tolerating distress. Following this, you will have the opportunity to apply for either the CHANGES group or the Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) skills group. CHANGES is an occupational therapy group which helps individuals to look at their current lifestyle including roles, habits and routines, and look at areas for change. Participants are supported to set a goal to improve their lifestyle, and support work is offered to help achieve this goal and to access local community-based activities.