Anxiety & Mood Disorder Treatments

Intensive Treatment Programmes

If you've already had treatment in the past but feel you now need more intensive therapy, our day treatment programmes could be perfect for you. Also ideally suited as a step down from inpatient treatment, or as an alternative to an inpatient hospital stay but with a similar intensive treatment approach. With a range of therapeutic treatment groups and individual therapies for adults treating conditions such as anxiety disorders, OCD, panic disorders, depression or bipolar disorder.   

What difficulties can we help with?

Many people feel a treatment programme which is more intensive than individual therapy is needed to progress towards full recovery and to achieve meaningful goals and life changes. We offer an intensive day treatment programme, with a range of specialist therapeutic treatment groups, and individual therapy which can be integrated with advanced medication management as required. This is because unlike many other treatment programmes, we offer a true team approach drawing from a range of specialist expertise to devise a tailoired treatment plan focussed on your specific needs.

Who the intensive treatment programme may be helpful for

You may already be having individual therapy but feel a more intensive approach will help you make further or faster progress. Some may want to attend our intensive treatment programme as an alternative to inpatient care or may be stepping down from an inpatient admission and need additional support to manage this transiton. For some, attending the full-day programme may be the best way forward, whilst for others a half day programme may best meet their needs and we can discuss these options with you.

Conditions Treated:

  • Depression
    • Single Depressive episodes
    • Recurrent Depressive episodes
    • Dysthymia
    • Cyclothymia
  • Anxiety disorders
    • Phobias
    • Acute stress related conditions
    • Anxiety related dissociative states

Conditions Treated Contd: 

Before you start the intensive treatment programme

You will have an assessment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea with one of the clinical team in which you will have the opportunity to talk about your current difficulties and what you have experienced in your life that may have led you to seek help at this point. Recommendations for which aspects of the programme will best meet your needs will be discussed and agreed with you. If together we agree the treatment programme will be helpful for you, it is usually possible to start the programme within days.

If treatment requires approval from a healthcare insurance provider, we are covered by all the major firms and can liaise directly with them to smooth the administrative process to minimise any delays.

What the intensive treatment programme will include

You will be supported in you treatment by a team comprising healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds (known as a multi-disciplinary team), who meet regularly to review treatment progress and plans. The team can include psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapist, dietician, family therapist, consultant psychiatrist, nurse, and clinic manager. You will have a Key Worker who will meet with you regularly to develop a care plan which sets out your goals for treatment, and to support you as you progress through treatment. You will be able to attend a range of groups and have individual therapy if needed as well as regular psychiatric reviews as required.

Attending the groups

Our group programme is currently running remotely due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, though we are planning a phased return of in-person groups once it is safe to do so. Even if you wish at this stage just to devise a treatment plan ready for when face to face meetings do resume, please do feel free to get in touch at this stage for a no obligation discussion.

Our current timetable

This timetable is illustrative of a typical intensive treatment programme that you could expect to embark upon, including groups, keyworking session, Psychiatric review, and individual therapy. We regularly update our programme so please contact the clinic for an up-to-date programme timetable.






09:30 – 10:30

Group Psychotherapy


Psychiatric review appointment


Group Psychotherapy

10:30 – 11:00






11:00 – 12:30

Integrative CBT

Key work session

Compassionate Mind

Individual Therapy

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

12:30 – 13:30






13:30 – 15:00

Schema Therapy





15:00 – 15:30






15:30 – 16:30





Mindful Reflections

Group Outline

  • Group psychotherapy provides a safe space where you can discuss your thoughts and emotions in an organic and flexible way. The group has an open format which allows you to bring any topic you wish to explore. Part of the therapeutic process is to receive and offer feedback to your peers, which will help you gain further understanding of the issues you bring. The focus of this session is to support you in improving your self-esteem and increasing your self-awareness, by exploring any underlying emotions you may experience; ultimately helping you create a more balanced and fulfilling relationship with yourself.

  • Changing one’s emotional and mental patterns can be challenging. This is because there are obstacles that stand in the way, for example fear of the unknown, existential fears or constant self-criticism. In this group, participants learn to utilise a combined range of evidence based principles to identify the foundations of these obstacles. Identifying the obstacles is the first step towards change.

    Such obstacles can effectively colour our entire outlook, be it on ourselves, on the world around us or on the future. They can be purely intellectual, purely emotional in nature or can be anywhere in-between. The obstacles can be deep rooted and can appear so familiar they feel like a friend. Yet, if we accept these familiar obstacles we expose ourselves to undue anxiety, emotional distress and personal limitations.

  • Art psychotherapy, also known as art therapy uses creative processes like drawing, painting, collage and sculpting to provide an accessible way to communicate and contain thoughts and feelings that are too difficult to express with words alone. You do not need to have any special skill in art to make use of art psychotherapy which makes this an accessible form of therapy for all ages. The focus is not on aesthetics.

    Sessions involve some talking and thinking together about the art, the art making process and the triangular therapeutic relationship between the patient, the therapist and the art. These sessions are underpinned using psychodynamic and group analytic methodologies.

  • This group will be teaching and practicing various mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, with curiosity, non-judgement and acceptance.

  • (DMP) is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage creatively using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP sees the way we move as important to communication and expression as words. The underlying principle of DMP assumes that your mind and body are interconnected and that any changes that happen in the mind effect the body and vice versa.

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an integrative therapeutic approach originally developed by Marsha Linehan.  At Schoen Clinic we teach the core skills used in  Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness to help manage episodes of emotional dysregulation and resultant harmful behaviours.

  • Compassion focused approaches are particularly designed for people who struggle with anxiety, low mood, shame, and self-criticism/self-attack. This group focuses on understanding the science underlying the nature of human beings and why we can struggle with our tricky brains and emotions. It helps build resilience through a range of practices to support a more encouraging, warm, supportive and compassionate relationship with ourselves as well as others.

  • Based on the Minded Institute 8 week yoga therapy course, this group aims to enhance the functioning of your nervous system to improve well-being and improve self-awareness through the practice of mindfulness The sessions will include a combination or asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath work) and mindfulness. No yoga experience is necessary.

  • Schema Therapy is  an integrative and rich model of therapy combining CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and other experiential theories and approaches. Its focus is on unmet needs and attachment relationships in childhood.

    Schemas are complex patterns or templates comprising of memories, emotions, cognitions, behaviours and bodily sensations. They are self-defeating, emotional and cognitive patterns established from childhood and repeated throughout life, and cause psychological and emotional pain.

  • Finding My Voice is a group looking at how we communicate honest and direct thoughts and opinions in an appropriate way. Using themes related to styles of communication, the group explores and identifies some of the underlying factors influencing how we relate to others, and understanding the connection between self-esteem and assertiveness.

  • In this group you can mindfully reflect on your week and notice any lingering or unresolved issues that may come up. By acknowledging your emotions and gathering your thoughts, you can then set some goals and intentions on how to proceed with your therapy. This process promotes greater understanding of your therapeutic journey, provides motivation and increases your self-awareness.

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Funding your treatment

There are two options to fund for your intensive treatment programme; you can either self-fund or go through your private medical insurance. We are covered by all the major healthcare insurance companies such as BUPA, AXA, Cigna, WPA, Vitality and Aviva, and can usually apply for recognition by others as required if yours is a smaller provider.

Quality assurance

We are fully registered as a healthcare provider by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

Our highly specialised outpatient clinic in the heart of Chelsea

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is a highly specialised private day clinic in the heart of Chelsea, London treating young people (11 years+) with eating disorders and adults (18 years +) with anxiety and mood disorders such as depression, OCD and panic disorders.