Personality and Complex Trauma Team

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The Personality and Complex Trauma Team is also known as PACT for short.

At PACT, we offer psychologically informed interventions and talking therapy for people who are currently living with complex personality difficulties.

We prefer to use the term, personality difficulties, as it best describes the problems that people we work with experience. It helps us to move away from medical labels, if you do not find them helpful to you. These problems often include:

  • Distress and unhelpful emotions
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Difficulties knowing who we are and where life is heading.
  • Low self-esteem

We are a dedicated team of professionals from backgrounds including psychology, nursing, social work, and occupational therapy, who are trained in working with people with personality difficulties. 

Our guiding principle is to work with you, so that together we can help you make positive changes.

Getting started

We will have talked to the professionals who referred you, so already have some understanding of your problems. However, we would like to hear this from you. This helps us gain a greater understanding of the difficulties you may have experienced in your life and how they impact on your life now.  We will always treat you with kindness and compassion and as an equal partner in your care.

The early phase will take up to six sessions. At the end of these sessions we will share with you how we see your experiences. We will then be able to recommend options for your treatment. Together we will formulate a tailor made therapeutic plan for the next stages of your treatment. This might include a specific therapy, or psychologically-informed intervention. The plan is designed to:

  • give you greater control over emotions
  • enable you to have more fulfilling relationships
  • help you find out more about who you are.

Your therapeutic plan might also include practical help. We will provide you with a range of options to access support in improving areas of your life that are important to you, or working out what is important to you.

What is most important to us is that you feel listened to and understood, so you are empowered to make decisions about your treatment.

We look forward to meeting you and working together.

Short mindfulness exercises

mindfulness hand exercise showing in and out breathing techniqueIt’s all in your hands, some short mindfulness exercises you may wish to try:

  • Breathing technique you can do anywhere, no fancy tools required.

  • Breath in as you trace you finger up, and breath out as you trace your finger down.
  • Repeat as many times as you need.
  • Try practicing this while watching  your favourite television programme.

 

 

 

AnothPoster showing the five senses vision hearing smell taste and toucher mindful exercise:

Try to find:

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can touch
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste

Useful Contacts

Lincolnshire’s mental health helpline

Telephone 0800 001 4331 (free service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Samaritans

Telephone 116 123 (free service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Email jo@samaritans.org (response will be received within 24hours)

Website www.samaritans.org

Shout

Text SHOUT to 85258 (free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Website www.giveusashout.org

 

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