Adolescent and Young Adult Service (AYAS)

Add to CPD

One of very few NHS clinics that specialises in helping young people between the ages of 14 and 25. This service is designed to understand what you as an adolescent or young adult is going through. We also aim to help you come to understand this better for yourself and if your parents are struggling as well, we can meet with them separately.

The service can offer:

  • psychoanalytic psychotherapy 
  • short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP)
  • dynamic interpersonal psychotherapy (DIT)
  • group therapy
  • work with parents

Eligibility criteria


The service will see people who are having problems with, but not limited to: 

  • stress and anxiety
  • phobias, including social phobia 
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • eating problems 
  • problems relating to particular life events, such as parental separation or bereavement
  • anger and aggression 
  • depression and self-harm 
  • dislike of appearance 
  • problems with friends, family and other relationships
  • drug and alcohol issues
  • traumatic events
  • difficulties leaving home
  • difficulties coping with school, work, college or university problems, or unemployment
  • problems following difficult early life experiences, including abuse, neglect or trauma

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs


Referral methods: Email

Please send referral letter by email or contact referral coordinators by telephone.


t: 020 8238 2326


Self-referral if over 18 by telephone or email.

t: 020 8938 2326