Non-urgent advice: Your assessment

The assessment allows us to consider:

  • Is Complex Needs Service a good fit for your needs at this time?
  • Have you experienced pervasive and long-term difficulties which are commonly associated with personality disorder?
  • Do you feel able to engage in group therapy and is group therapy likely to benefit you?
  • Are you motivated to make changes to your life at present and do your current circumstances allow you the time and energy to meaningfully engage in therapy?
  • Are you willing to work towards changing any unhelpful or destructive coping strategies?

Non-urgent advice: What does the assessment cover?

The assessment will cover:

  • your current difficulties including mental health symptoms and experiences
  • your feelings, thoughts and behaviours
  • your physical health and wellbeing
  • your social circumstances: housing, finances/debt, employment, support network, if you are a parent or carer, your culture and ethnic background, gender and sexuality (where relevant)
  • your personal and family history including relationships
  • your use of drugs or alcohol
  • past experiences, especially of similar problems and previous treatments
  • risk assessment
  • your goals for therapy – what you wish to work on or changes you wish to make

The assessment is usually completed at one of our main bases in Oxford and Aylesbury, via Microsoft Teams video call or over the telephone. Assessments take place over a number of sessions and will be completed by a Complex Needs Service therapist.

All therapy in our service is group based. If you and your assessor think that our service is the right place for you, your assessor will discuss with you which group may best meet your needs and you will be placed on the waiting list for one of the following:

  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) Group
  • Cognitive Analytic Group (CAT) Group
  • Transactional Analysis (TA) Group
  • Skills for Change (SFC) Group
  • Therapeutic Community (TC) Visiting Group

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Page last reviewed: 6 July, 2021