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Priory Hospital North London

Located in a secluded part of Southgate, Priory Hospital North London specialises in providing expert treatment for a number of mental health conditions, including addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other related disorders. Since its opening in 1986, North London has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of mental health care to each and every one of its patients.

Acute mental health treatment

Priory Hospital North London’s general mental health service treats a range of conditions such as stressdepressionanxiety on both a residential and day patient basis. 

Our specialists are able to offer a comprehensive range of therapeutic interventions including trauma reduction therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), emotion focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), along with tried and tested medical interventions.

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Addiction Treatment Programme

Priory Hospital North London’s Addiction Treatment Programme offers treatment for both substance and behavioural addictions, including treatment for alcoholismdrug addiction, gambling, sexinternet and shopping. Our renowned programme provides:

  • A FREE, no obligation addictions assessment to explore the problem in more detail and enable the development of a bespoke care plan
  • Day patient treatment at new reduced rates, following residential treatment
  • FREE weekly aftercare support for 12 months, following completion of the 28-day programme
  • FREE family support both during and following treatment
  • Medically managed detox

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Adolescent unit - Young people's mental health services

Priory Hospital North London is also able to provide robust care and treatment that has been specifically designed for young people who may be exhibiting symptoms of mental health difficulties such as:

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

We are able to provide tailored support for young people between the ages of 12-18. Our young people’s inpatient service is age appropriate, and situated in a secure area of the hospital. North London’s young people’s facility is comprised of 20 beds with en-suite single room accommodation along with comfortable and welcoming communal areas.

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Specialist service for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

At North London, one of our dedicated areas of service is the provision of world class treatment for both adults and young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)  and other related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Treatment is offered on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and is personalised according to the individual needs and requirements of each patient.

Our OCD offering is commissioned by NHS England as a highly specialised service. Privately funded individuals and patients with private medical insurance are also able to access this service.

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We ensure that the unique needs of all of our patients are taken into account throughout treatment, and all of our programmes take a holistic approach in order to maximise understanding and engagement.

Facilities we provide at this hospital include:

  • Private en-suite bedrooms
  • Relaxing living areas
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens
  • A nearby lake and park enabling a peaceful place for patients to relax and unwind
  • On-site restaurant with bespoke catering, tailored to suit individual dietary needs
  • Housekeeping
  • Situated within easy distance of the M25, Central London via Southgate tube station and London’s major airports

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. 

North London is also a fully functioning teaching hospital, receiving medical students from UCL as part of a rotational programme, where they are given the opportunity to shadow leading clinicians in the field of mental health care. We are extremely proud to contribute to the wider training of young doctors and assist in the development of the mental health experts of the future.

By upholding strong academic, clinical and professional links with these well-established research centres, we ensure that our dedicated team at North London are up to date with the very latest thinking within the mental health arena. As such, each and every one of our patients are able to benefit from leading expertise in the areas of mood, anxiety and trauma, as well as OCD and young people’s mental health.

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

Fees and Funding

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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