Traumatic Stress Service
Who we are
We are a national specialist service which works with people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated conditions.
You can find more in-depth information about the service and the treatments we provide here
Who is the service for
This service is for people over the age of 18 year (there is no upper age limit) who live, or have a GP, in Sutton, Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston or Richmond.
You can find out more about the eligibility criteria here.
Conditions we treat
We cover the following conditions:Post-traumatic stress disorder
Where to find us
Building 2, Springfield University Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
Telephone: 020 3513 6911
Fax: 020 3513 6144
Our opening hours
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Who you might see / our staff
Our core team is made up of three full-time clinical psychologists and a team administrator. We also have an assistant psychologist who works part-time on our research and training projects.
Our core team is:
Dr Pippa Stallworthy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sharif El-Leithy, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Abigail Pain, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jenny Rahemtulla, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist
Dr Zoe Chessell, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
Jenny Birch, Assistant PsychologistBartholomew Tenerowicz, Team Administrator
What you can expect
Once your referral is accepted we will write to you to offer you an assessment appointment. We ask you to confirm by phone or in writing that you can attend.
Assessments take place at the clinic at Springfield Hospital, Tooting, with a Psychologist. This will usually take 2-3 sessions of 1-1.5 hours. The assessment involves finding out about you and your experiences, and asking you some questions about the problems you are having. They might ask you a little bit about your current living situation and any treatment you have had in the past.
It is not usually important in the assessment to go into a lot of detail about the traumatic events but they might ask you to briefly tell them as much as you feel comfortable to say.
At the end of the assessment, the psychologist will discuss your case with the team, and then arrange to meet again and give you feedback about your diagnosis and treatment options. This is a chance for you to ask any questions and for the psychologist to explain to you about what treatment may involve, so you can decide if it is something you would like to try.
After the assessment we write a letter back to your GP and your referrer, telling them about the assessment and about what our plan for treatment was. If it was agreed that treatment in our service would be suitable for you, your name will then be placed on our waiting list for treatment.
If, when you come for an assessment, you need any special arrangements made, e.g. an interpreter, or you would prefer to see either a male or female therapist, please let us know prior to the assessment and we can organise it.
Access to the TSS is via written referral, and should include an assessment letter from the referrer that includes background and personal history, trauma history and current mental state.
The service accepts referrals from Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services within the Trust. Referrals from outside our Trust catchment area are also accepted where funding is agreed.
Other useful information
NICE Guidelines for PTSD
Mind: Understanding PTSD
Royal College of Psychiatrists: PTSD Leaflet
Women’s Aid – Domestic Abuse
Refuge – Domestic Violence