Community Forensic Psychological Therapies

The Community Forensic Psychological Therapies Services offers a range of services to male and female residents in South East London who have longstanding emotional, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, usually associated with offending behaviour.

Assessments and individual therapy are offered by registered clinical and forensic psychologists at three outpatient clinics: The Psychosynthesis Education Trust near London Bridge, the William Morris Centre next to the Bracton Centre in Dartford and an assessment-only service in Bromley.

We provide specialist psychological reports for the parole board, the courts and for parents involved in child protection proceedings. We have expertise in risk assessment for violent and sexual offenders and offer assessments, consultation and training for a wide range of agencies.

We offer a varied group work programme at the William Morris Centre and specialist groups are run for adolescent and adult sex offenders in central locations in south east London. In addition, we run a therapeutic hostel for higher risk personality disordered offenders, which is funded by the Department of Health and NOMS (National Offender Management Service) personality disordered offender pathway.

Our staff are experienced and qualified to deliver a range of therapeutic services. The majority are psychological therapists registered with the Health Care Professions Council, although a few of the support staff are graduates or on applied training courses.

More details on the specialist therapy services are provided through the links on the left. All individuals participating in our services have access to our partnership projects with First Step Trust (specialist work projects) and with SOVA (a volunteer led social support service).

Referral criteria

Unless otherwise stated in the more detailed project information, our service is for adults (aged 18 or over, no upper age limit) who are resident in Lewisham, Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.  In order to meet the ‘forensic threshold’, individuals will present with significant offending behaviour – often violent or sexual – whether or not they have acquired a history of convictions.  These behavioural difficulties are likely to be associated with pervasive psychological difficulties.

Accessing help

Referrals must be made in writing (by secure email) and include a minimum:

  • An outline of the reasons for the referral and the presenting problems.
  • Detailed background information regarding the individual’s life experiences and offending behaviour.
  • Referrals are assigned an assessing psychologist who, depending on the circumstances, will offer 1 – 6 sessions, before determining the way forward.  A formulation letter, or report will be provided, and the assessing psychologist can refer the individual on to our individual and group treatment programme, as appropriate.

For further information, or to make a referral, please contact the Psychology Department, Bracton Centre, Bracton Lane, Dartford, Kent DA2 7AF, or email one of the two psychological secretaries.  They, in turn, will liaise with one of the senior psychologists in the team in order to respond to particular queries.  They can be contacted as follows:

Mary Smith:mary.smith@oxleas.nhs.uk/ 01322 297614

Sarah Payne: sarah.payne@oxleas.nhs.uk/ 01322 297151 or 7175