Complex Personality and Dissociative Identity Disorders

The Kemp Unit is a specialist relational and psychologically based treatment unit for female patients aged 18 to 70 years of age, with complex trauma and dissociative identity disorders.

Our service

Schoen Clinic York offers patients with complex personality and dissociative identity disorders expert assessment and bespoke, outcome- focused treatment packages in a discrete, safe and therapeutic environment. This includes:

  • Specialist diagnostic assessment, formulation and complex care planning.
  • High nursing levels to enable consistently intensive, proactive patient engagement and deliver on the service’s relational security approach.
  • Individualised bespoke therapeutic interventions and risk management approaches.
  • Liaison throughout the patient’s stay with specialist community care in the patient’s local services.
  • Medical treatment can also include stability of co-morbid conditions which commonly de-stabilise during trauma interventions.

Our patients

  • Females aged 18 and over
  • Meet the diagnostic criteria for Complex Personality and Dissociative Identity Disorders, often with a co-morbidity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Has a Care Coordinator from the Community Mental Health Team
  • Detained or informal status
  • BMI above 15 with a stable BMI/physical status


  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Current history of violence or aggression to others
  • Patients with comorbid mild LD/Autism considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Patients with historical forensic sections considered on a case-by-case basis

Our approach

We treat every person as a partner in their care, tailoring our approach to their individual needs and providing an enabling environment for their recovery. We recognise that much of a patients’ recovery will take place within their own community setting and as such start discharge planning from admission, liaising with specialist local care services throughout the patients’ stay and afterwards to seamlessly plan their discharge and onward care.

Care is delivered in a clinically phased treatment approach:

Phase 1: Assessment, formulation, engagement, care planning and safety.

Phase 2: Developing personal understanding, skills and resilience.

Phase 3: Discharge, onward care planning and transferring skills.

Our interventions

We use an intensive relational approach, with 1:1 work and group programmes. In addition, the following therapeutic approaches are used to address specific common areas of difficulty and delivered in ways most appropriate to the patient:

  • International guidance and best practice approaches for managing and working with dissociation
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion experience, regulation and management skills
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for ego strengthening
  • Understanding and coping with dissociation
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Art therapy
  • Specialist trauma and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) therapy

Our outcomes

We, at Schoen Clinic, are internationally renowned for our award winning approach to outcome measurement. We rigorously collect, measure and analyse patient outcome data to drive the continuous improvement of our care and services. Our aim is to give every patient the prospect of a better quality of life and on discharge we expect:

  • Improved quality of life and functioning
  • Reduction in harmful behaviours
  • Improved self-compassion
  • Reduced trauma and dissociative experiences
  • Improved ability to manage emotions
  • Improved relationships and interpersonal functioning

Your referral

Patients need to be referred to the service by a healthcare professional. For patients not currently working with a health professional, we would recommend you visit your GP who is the person best positioned to help you get support.

Meet our specialists

Our team of expert consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, therapists, dieticians and specialist nurses work together as a multi-disciplinary team for the benefit of every patient.
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