Sequoia Therapeutic Community

The Sequoia Therapeutic Community offers a day psychotherapy programme for those with longstanding emotional difficulties – mainly, but not exclusively, with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

WHAT WE DO

The Sequoia Therapeutic Community opened at NAViGO’s Harrison House site in September 2015. Community members are expected to attend from 10am to 3pm for three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday).

Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are structured, psychologically-informed environments. They are places where the social relationships, structure of the day and different activities are all deliberately designed to help people’s health and wellbeing.

In TCs, people with various longstanding emotional problems spend time and engage in therapy together in an organised and structured way – without drugs or self-damaging behaviour – so that a new life in outside society is made possible.

The model used for the Sequoia is based on the work undertaken by William Tuke (who founded The Retreat in York). Tuke believed people needed to be given meaningful support and valued roles in order to be released from the asylums of the time.

The Sequoia offers an intensive 24-month psychotherapy programme where learning can come from understanding one another, and supporting each other in the process of change and mutual recovery. Therapy comes from whole-hearted participation in the whole programme. Sequoia also offers a 24 months half-day ‘leaver’s programme’ after the community members reach the end of the two-year period in the main programme.

Service users spend a substantial amount of time together as a community, including cooking and eating together, whilst supporting each other to face their own personal challenges.

There are a range of therapies employed by the Community which include:
• Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
• MBT Analytical Small Group Therapy
• Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
• Art groups, stress managements and others

The Sequoia strives to work towards the core values identified by the Community of Communities (regulatory body at the Royal College of Psychiatrists).

WHO WE ARE

A small but dedicated team of five staff oversee the Sequoia Therapeutic Community. This includes three social workers, one of which is also the Senior Operational Lead for Acute Services. We also consist of a Health Care Worker, a part-time Consultant Psychiatrist and a volunteer who was once a NAViGO community member.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE SEQUOIA PERSONALITY DISORDER SERVICE?

Because the Sequoia Therapeutic Community is a very intensive psychotherapy programme, from its nature it is a specialist tertiary service that can be accessed only through other secondary mental health services. In other words, for the service user to access Sequoia programme, they need to be open to either acute or community mental health services

For access to the mental health services and more information, please get in touch.

Call: (01472) 256256 option 3 for mental health
Email: NAV.MHSinglePointofAccess@nhs.net

(Emails sent to this address will only be responded to within office hours, Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm. If you require immediate assistance, please use the phone number listed above.)

We welcome referrals to our services from healthcare professionals and GPs via our Single Point of Access.

NAViGO Single Point of Access

(01472) 256 256 Option 3

NAV.MHSinglePointofAccess@nhs.net

Emails sent to this address will only be responded to within office hours, Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm. If you require immediate assistance, please use the phone number listed above.

Please note these contact details should only be used to make a referral to the service, if you would like to speak directly to someone from within the service, please use the contact details listed below.

Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate risk or danger. If you are not already accessing our services and require emergency assistance for a mental health crisis, you can contact the NAViGO Single Point of Access 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Call: (01472) 256 256 Option 3

Already accessing NAViGO Services?

If you are already accessing a service within NAViGO and need to speak with someone about your care and treatment, please contact either your Care Coordinator or Lead Professional for whom you should have been given contact details.

Alternatively, you can contact the wider team who provide your services. To find contact details for all the NAViGO services, please click here.

New to NAViGO Services?

If you require help and support for mental health issues, your first port of call should be your GP or other health care professionals who may refer you to one of our services.

If you are not already accessing our services and require emergency assistance for a mental health crisis, you can contact the NAViGO Single Point of Access 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Call: (01472) 256 256 Option 3

Email: NAV.MHSinglePointofAccess@nhs.net

(Emails sent to this address will only be responded to within office hours, Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm. If you require immediate assistance, please use the phone number listed above.)