Outpatient facility will provide access to mental health support ‘on the high street’
The Priory has reported a ‘tsunami’ of inquiries from people seeking help for depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, among other mental health conditions.
To ease the pressure, psychotherapists from its world-famous Roehampton Hospital will lead a team at the new mental wellbeing clinic in Wimbledon Park.
Priory Roehampton hospital director, Steve Clarke, said: “Similar to our wellbeing centres in central London, the aim is to put therapy ‘on the high street’ so it is as easy to access as going to the gym.”
The clinic will also offer a ‘pathway’ to the Priory Hospital for those in need of more-intense support, while patients already receiving therapy there will be offered the Wimbledon Park clinic as an alternative location.
The Priory has invested £100,000 in the new outpatient therapy centre near Wimbledon town centre
The Priory Wimbledon Park Clinic in Arthur Road, formerly known as Arthur House, will offer people access to therapy at appointment times to suit them, in discreet surroundings specially designed to make people feel relaxed.
Based within a few metres of Wimbledon Park Tube station, the clinic will provide therapy for a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADHD, trauma, social anxiety, eating disorders, grief and bereavement counselling, and addictions.
The service, which will be CQC-registered, opens this month and offers a combination of remote and face-to-face one-to-one therapy, using a range of specialist therapy techniques and treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
Day care group therapy will also be available from September.
Clarke said: “We know there are long waiting lists for therapy across London and the UK, and this clinic will go some way to meeting that demand.”