Aaban delivers specialist residential, recovery-focused treatment and care services for women experiencing severe and complex personality disorders. Typically, our service users achieve the recovery outcomes that they are currently struggling with in their existing circumstances or living situations.
Personality disorders are defined as impairments in personality functioning (self and interpersonal) and the presence of pathological personality traits. Early attachment difficulties and trauma are often linked to the development of many personality disorders, which can affect how emotions develop into adulthood and lead to dysfunctional and potentially risky behaviour.
Personality disorders are common mental health problems; more so than many people realise. Around 1 in 20 people in the England are estimated to have some form of personality disorder. The severity of these can vary between mild, moderate or severe. (The website for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) gives a comprehensive overview of the various types of personality disorders.)
For many of those affected, their conditions are mild and only apparent in times of great distress (such as grief). However, others may experience more complex and long-term challenges with their mental health that require specialist help from highly qualified professionals, and it’s exactly this sort of support that we provide here at Aaban.
Our treatment and care services are informed by Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT); an evidence-based type of talking therapy that has evolved from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. DBT has been adapted to meet the needs of people who experience emotions very intensely, and helps them to develop ways to manage any resultant distressing behaviour.
Though our treatment follows an established structure, we tailor our approach according to the needs of individual service users. The overarching structure for our care plans incorporates several key strands:
At all stages of our treatment, we encourage every one of our service users to make their own choices, encouraging autonomy wherever possible, helping them to achieve their goals. This approach stems from the Aaban concept; you can read more about these values on our About Us page.
We work with women, all of whom are experiencing some form of personality disorder.
Our service users often display behaviours or symptoms associated with a range of other mental health conditions, including (but not limited to):
These can arise as symptoms of individual personality disorders, but can also sometimes develop as reactions to other outside factors or situations.
We aim to make the referral process as efficient as possible to ensure individuals receive appropriate care.Click Here