Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (DBT CAMHS)

  • This service is for young people aged 13 to 17 and 4 months who are likely to meet the criteria for an emerging Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (eEUPD) or emerging Borderline Personality Disorder (eBPD).

  • Base: Birches House
  • Service Type: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Service Contact: DBTCAMHS@swlstg.nhs.uk
  • Service Category: Community
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Address: 2 Birches House,  Birches Close, Mitcham, CR4 4LQ
  • Reception hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Reception phone number: 020 3513 4990

About our care

The service is a specialist tier 4 therapeutic provision, so it is expected that young people will have been offered treatment within other children's services prior to a referral.

The main aim of the service is to support young people to work towards their 'life worth living' goals. This is often accomplished by learning skills to:

  • Stop life-threatening behaviours (such as self-harm and suicidal behaviours)
  • Develop emotional insight and regulation
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Improve quality of life (school/employment attendance, trauma symptoms etc.)
  • Tolerate distress and urges to engage in self-destructive behaviours and supporting parent-child interactions

Interventions include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma related CBT
  • Dyadic developmental psychotherapy 
  • Family therapy 
  • Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Emotion regulation therapy 
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy skills 
  • Pharmaceutical intervention
  • Guided self-help for anxiety or low mood
  • Guided self-help for parents for anxiety or behaviour difficulties 
  • Workshops with parents/carers and young people

Who is this service for?

The service is for young people who live in Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston, Richmond or Sutton.

Referrals and access

Referrals are received from health, social and educational providers. All referrals should be sent to Camhsldreferrals@swlstg.nhs.uk using the team's referral form.

Patient information