Pelham Woods is an inpatient rehabilitation and recovery service for females with mental health needs, personality disorders or mild learning disabilities and who may have a history of challenging behaviours, self-harm, substance misuse problems or trauma.
The service is well placed to serve the South East of England.
Focus on Safety
Our absolute priority is to make sure we operate safe and effective services 24/7 and that all staff understand what is required of them to make that happen. Click here to read more.
Our clinical programmes focus on rehabilitation on-site and in the community, and include programmes that are specifically focused on minimising the risk to self and others and building skills for a safe discharge into the community.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) informed treatment
Individuals are invited to attend four pre-DBT sessions which orients them to the model and the structure of the skills programme. They are then invited to join the skills programme, which includes two groups per week with a key therapist.
Once the individual has been regularly attending and there is a period of stability for eight weeks, they will be referred to a psychologist for trauma-focused work alongside their DBT. The treatment programme is offered in modules, and is facilitated by trained members of the multidisciplinary team.
The multidisciplinary team's treatment programmes run on a 12-week rotation. This enables programmes to be adapted to patients' needs. Previous therapeutic sessions have included:
- Trauma psychological educational group
- Compassion group
- Living together
- Learning about my illness group
- Food for thought
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills group
- Love yourself
- Cooking/café group
- Smoking cessation
- Life skills – budgeting, etc.
- Real work opportunities
- Voluntary sector support
- Sensory group
As part of their treatment programme, patients are supported and encouraged to utilise community facilities. However, on-site, patients have access to the following:
- Supervised gym classes
- Rehabilitation kitchen
- Pool and tennis tables
- Arts and crafts
- Internet café and Skype facilities
- Relaxation and therapy rooms
- Outdoor and indoor leisure areas
- Zumba classes
Enquiries and Referrals
For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form
Priory is ready to take emergency placements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult acute mental health, adult eating disorders, CAMHS and PICU. To make a referral please call us on