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Paul salkovskis 1


Clinical Director: Professor Paul Salkovskis, Consultant Psychologist
Clinic Lead: Joy McGuire, Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Specialist Clinic Administrator: Helen Wickenden


We are pleased to announce the opening of a new NHS clinic in Oxford on 24th April 2019.


This clinic will concentrate on treating anxiety related problems initially (including OCD, hoarding disorder, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, hearing voices, complex trauma, psychological problems related to chronic illnesses, etc). We will consider looking at other problems on a case to case basis. As a training clinic we may have interns from time to time (see below).
The people we will see will usually have accessed their local services previously but, for whatever reason, the treatments they have been offered have either not helped, or have not helped lasting way. However, it is not a requirement that people will have had previous therapy.
We will be offering psychological therapies based upon those recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for specific problems. This usually involves a specialist course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) specifically designed for the problem the person is experiencing and the ways it affects them. It is very common for people to have more than one problem, and each person's story and situation is unique. We aim to work alongside people to understand their problems and to develop a psychological treatment programme specific to individual needs.


We accept referrals made by any NHS health professional for adults living in the UK who are experiencing the kinds of problems listed above. In some instances, we may be able to offer therapy for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years.
The responsible local funding authorities must formally authorise this referral, using a specific form, which we will provide. If you would like to pursue a referral the first step is to discuss this with your GP or other health professional who is responsible for your care for advice.


Once a formal written referral, with authorisation of funding, is accepted we aim to offer an assessment meeting within 18 weeks. A typical assessment meeting takes around 2-3 hours and involves a combination of talking about the problem and completing questionnaires about your experience of the problem. We may also ask you to complete questionnaires before attending the assessment meeting.
Please note that the health professional referring should not discontinue offering routine care after making a referral to us.


All our lead therapists are highly skilled and experienced. We will offer the most appropriate therapist to meet your needs, based upon availability. Professor Salkovskis maintains an overview of the clinic and those seen in it. Each person's situation and treatment plan will be discussed with him regularly. We are a training clinic, so from time to time the lead therapist will be joined by an intern, that is, an advanced trainee CBT therapist. Interns will work along side lead therapists and may conduct some sessions separately, but always under close supervision.
This is an NHS clinic; we are unable to offer therapy on a privately funded basis.


Following assessment, we will be able to discuss treatment options which may involve attending our clinic in Oxford for a mutually agreed number of sessions. In some instances, this may involve treatment being offered at home for some sessions of "outreach" work. This is an option we consider if, due to an individual's problem, they experience significant difficulty leaving their home or travelling. We may also recommend support or treatment elsewhere, if we feel this would better meet the person's needs.
We can only progress with assessment and/or treatment once formal authorisation, in writing, is given by local funding authorities.
We will seek to liaise closely with local services during assessment and treatment. We are keen to do this so that once people have completed treatment, they can receive ongoing support, should they require it, from health professionals closer to home.

Unfortunately, we are unable to engage in any discussion about specific cases in detail until our clinic is open to accept referrals.

In the meantime, you can find answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQ section.