Mental Health Recovery Pathway – Structured Intervention Support
As of December 2021, the PTP service is oversubscribed and unable to take further referrals.
The service offers opportunities for psychotherapeutic treatment with a team of psychoanalytically trained practitioners working in the area of psychosis. The Project is committed to strategies of stabilisation and the management of persistent symptoms.
The therapeutic work we offer is long-term, giving clients time and space to articulate distressing experiences and cultivate robust and enduring solutions.
The Psychosis Therapy Project takes place at the Despard Road centre, 48 Despard Road, London N19 5NW. The centre can be contacted on 020 7263 3397.
A low fee applies to access the therapy service. Referrals can be made via the online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychosis?
The term “psychosis” is generally used to describe states of mind characterised by experiences such as:
- Hearing voices
- Seeing or sensing things that other people don’t
- Experiencing unusual beliefs and paranoia
- Experiencing invasive ideas or bodily sensations
- Major depressive episodes
These experiences can be frightening and overwhelming. They are much more common than most people think.
What kind of therapy does the Psychosis Therapy Project offer?
The Psychosis Therapy Project is a specialised psychoanalytic service customised to the needs and aspirations of individuals who experience psychosis. There is no focus on delving into the past and no interest in uncovering or “unpicking” anything.
The service provides a safe, non-judgemental and strictly confidential therapeutic space where individuals can articulate their experiences and cultivate enduring strategies. Therapists are there to help clients develop their own understanding of the experiences they bring to therapy, with a view to alleviating distress, anxiety and depression. This involves engaging in a conversation that can help people in the management of persistent symptoms so that they may feel more resilient and self-assured. In the long term, individuals can develop new ways of relating to themselves and their experiences, including strategies of self-acceptance and self-respect which will lead to improved self-esteem. Thanks to this kind of therapy, individuals experiencing psychosis are likely to feel less vulnerable and less isolated. They will feel safer and more self-confident.
Isn’t psychoanalysis a bit old-fashioned?
No. Although psychoanalysis was developed in the late 19th century, it has continued to develop and inform therapeutic work. Today it is practised by thousands of clinicians around the world. Although psychoanalysis was not initially developed as a treatment for psychosis, psychoanalysts have made numerous contributions to the theory and treatment of psychosis.
How do I make an appointment to see a therapist at the Psychosis Therapy Project?
We welcome candidates on psychoanalytic training courses as well as qualified therapists wishing to acquire (more) clinical experience in the area of psychosis. We also welcome the participation of experienced analysts who would like to take part in the didactic ambition of the project and become involved as supervisors.
To inquire, call the Project Manager, Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz, on 020 7263 3397.
GAME, a board game to support stewardship, or taking care of, co-designed at PTP, has been recently licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
There are no winners or losers, a celebration of curiosity, connectedness and peer to peer support.
Try it any time at the Despard Road centre – feedback and ideas welcome!