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The Priory Hospital North London

Located in a secluded part of Southgate, The Priory Hospital North London specialises in the treatment of mental health problems, including addiction rehabilitation and Obsessive Compulsive and related disorders. The hospital opened in 1986 and has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care. 

Acute mental health treatment

The Priory Hospital North London’s general mental health service treats a range of conditions such as stressdepressionanxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder for inpatients and day patients. We offer a range of therapeutic interventions including Trauma Reduction therapy along with medical interventions.

Specialist therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.

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Addictions Treatment Programme (ATP)

The Priory Hospital North London’s ATP service offers treatment for both substance and behavioural addictions, including treatment for alcoholismdrug addiction, gambling, sex, relationships and shopping. We provide:

  • FREE ASSESSMENT to explore the problem in more detail without obligation to continue into treatment
  • Day care at new reduced rates following inpatient care
  • FREE weekly aftercare support for 12 months post completion of the 28 day programme
  • FREE family support during and post treatment
  • Medically managed detox

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Adolescent unit - Young people's mental health services

The Priory Hospital North London provides expert care and treatment for young people who may be exhibiting behaviours such as:

  • Self harming
  • Social withdrawal
  • Trauma and abuse issues
  • Psychosis
  • Depression

We help young people between the ages of 12 – 18. Our inpatient service is an age appropriate facility, situated in a secure area of the hospital. There are 20 beds with en-suite single room accommodation and comfortable communal areas.

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Specialist service for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

We treat both adults and adolescents with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other related disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Treatment is offered on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

This service is commissioned by NHS England as a highly specialised service. Privately funded individuals and patients with health insurance are also able to access the service (please check your policy).

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We ensure the individual needs of all our patients are taken into account throughout treatment. Our programmes are designed to maximise self-understanding and engagement.

Facilities we provide at this hospital include:

  • Single occupancy bedrooms with en-suites
  • Relaxing living areas
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens
  • Peace and tranquility with a nearby lake and park for a place to unwind
  • A restaurant with catering to suit your dietary needs
  • Housekeeping
  • Easy access from the M25, London’s major airports and from Central London via Southgate tube station

Within the multi-disciplinary team at The Priory Hospital North London we have two Academic Readers: Dr Marc Serfaty and Professor David Veale associated to two high profile university research centres, University College London (UCL) & Kings College London (KCL) respectively. 

By upholding links with these well-established academic centres, The Priory Hospital North London is up to date with the latest psychological research and our patients can benefit from leading expertise in mood, anxiety and trauma, as well as Obsessive Compulsive and related disorders.

Free Addictions Assessment

The Priory is pleased to offer you a free confidential assessment for all addictions.

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Programme options

Treatment for most programmes is usually provided on an inpatient basis, typically lasting between four to six weeks. However, the programme can vary in duration and content to suit individuals’ personal circumstances and lifestyle commitments. Inpatient care is followed by day care with varying intensity to suit our patients' need.  It may be appropriate to refer on to secondary care and come back for day care afterwards.

Group therapy provided at The Priory Hospital North London includes: 

  • Mindfulness
  • Equine Therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Music & Art Therapy 

Family group

Our family group, which runs weekly, provides information and support to family members and is designed to:

  • Help improve the quality of family life
  • Help families understand some of the facts and dispel some of the myths about addiction
  • Allow family members to learn from the strength and experiences of others
  • Involve the family during treatment which helps with relapse prevention after completion of the programme

Trauma reduction programme

What is the trauma reduction programme?

A weeklong intensive day care or inpatient therapy programme, designed to deal with traumatic childhood issues, often presented in the background of addicts. These traumas (which do not need to be sexual or physical) can create recurring dysfunctional relationship dynamics with the patient and others. This is called co-dependency.

The core model used is based on the work of Pia Melody which looks at the five core symptoms of co-dependent patterns:

  • Self-esteem
  • Boundaries
  • Reality
  • Intimacy
  • Moderation/Containment

Family and social norms that are anything less than nurturing in childhood create a 'shame core'. Children carry shame from their major caregivers acting as a pollutant to healthy relationships with self and others.

In the Workshop we offer, our therapists act as an advocate to help participants acknowledge their reality and start to give the carried shame back. Starting the re-parenting process which includes teaching effective boundaries, self esteem and moderation.

The treatment can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and can crucially help to prevent relapse.

Trauma worships are enhanced by therapy before and after – a very minimum of three therapy sessions either side of the workshop are required.

Who is it aimed at?

  • The Trauma Programme is designed to help anyone with co-dependency/attachment disorders and is therefore not limited to patients with an addiction.
  • People who, despite recovery from their addictive process, continue to have significant distress around self worth and happiness. This, left untreated, could lead to relapse
  • This is also a treatment course for those who were children of addictive parents, and who consequently as adults may have dysfunctional relationships.

How does it work?

Participants learn to identify and address family of origin issues which have taken place over many years. The programme enables the individual to resolve some of the grief, shame and anguish associated with their early traumatic experiences, thereby allowing the individual to participate and function more fully with self and others.

Where does it come from?

The Priory Hospital North London has developed this programme based on Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy which is widely used in the USA. The approach uses an eclectic mix with elements of psychoanalytic, gestalt, family systems, transactional analysis and rational emotive therapy, with concepts from Erikson and Rogers.

How do I refer onto the programme?

In the first instance please contact our Intake Co-ordinator on: 0208 882 8191, extension: 221, who can arrange a free assessment with a senior therapist. Alternatively, please send us an email to: 

More information

We provide premises for OCD and BDD self-help groups which meet monthly at The Priory Hospital North London: 

The OCD support group - meets on the first Sunday of every month from 7pm - 9pm. They offer support to OCD sufferers, carers family and friends. 

The BDD support group - meets on the third Sunday of every month from 4pm - 6pm. The group is led by clinical psychologist Martin Anson and is open only to the BDD sufferer. 

Attendance to both groups is FREE! 

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Our Services

Our Specialists

The Priory boasts a diverse team of practitioners. Committed to providing the best treatment to each and every one of our patients, they pride themselves on placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey. This approach ensures that you are allocated to the best expert for your needs and benefit from a truly bespoke treatment programme.

For detailed biographies on individual experts, including their backgrounds, specialisms and qualifications: Please click here to view our specialists

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Referrals & Admissions

The majority of referrals made to a Priory hospital are through a patient's GP. A referral can be made by telephone, in writing, via email or via fax. To make an enquiry, please call 0800 840 3219.

Corporate/occupational health

Any company wishing to make a referral, or member of staff wishing to be admitted to a Priory hospital, will need to be referred by their company occupational health doctor/ nurse. Where an occupational health nurse has been the employee's point of contact they should liaise with the company doctor to arrange a referral, if this is required.

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