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Personality Disorder Service (Newham)

A specialist mental health team working with service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

People seen in the service often have problems with managing intense and rapidly changing emotions, self-harm and thoughts of suicide, impulsive behaviours, recurrent difficulties in forming and maintaining meaningful relationships, problems with managing anger, not knowing who they are and feeling cut off.

The service offers Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), which is an intensive (twice weekly), evidence-based therapy.  The service aims to help people to reduce symptoms (in particular, self-harming) and to learn the skills to cope better with distressing emotions and relationship problems. 

In essence, we aim to alleviate suffering and increase coping mechanisms so that Service Users can have a future and a life worth living. 


409 High Street,
E15 4QZ
United Kingdom

Opening hours
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
Telephone number

Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) 

The service offers Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT). Acceptance into the MBT Programme is dependent on the outcome of an assessment in the service. The MBT programme has two components; pre-therapy and the 18-month programme. 

Pre-therapy is an educational phase in which Service Users learn about what mentalising is and why it is important, how problems with mentalising can manifest and they can also find out more about the 18-month programme.

Further to the pre-therapy phase, all Service Users have a review appointment.  Service Users might then (depending on the outcome of the review appointment) be offered the 18-month programme. The 18-month programme requires attendance twice a week (one group and one individual session) for 18 months. 

Service Users in the 18-month programme also receive psychiatric reviews and are able to access the Newham Personality Disorder Service phone crisis coaching (Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm).

MBT requires a significant amount of motivation and commitment in order to engage meaningfully and make changes.

The Newham Personality Disorder Service also offers teaching, training and consultation.

Referrals can be made by health professionals.  We do not accept self-referrals.

Referral criteria:

  • People with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) of a degree of severity and chronicity indicating the need for a specialist and intensive treatment programme
  • People aged 18 to 65
  • People with a home address in Newham