Ariel Ward – Female Personality Disorder

Ariel Ward is Cygnet Hospital Coventry’s 16 bed specialist inpatient personality disorder service. The service provides a behavioural approach and an intensive DBT programme focused on generalisation of skills.

Our comprehensive occupational therapy pathways support service users to enable and empower them with regards to self-care, productivity, vocational and leisure activities (creative, culinary, horticulture, music).

Ariel Ward also offers a highly specialised service for individuals with a personality disorder and co-morbid disordered eating. Women with this dual diagnosis can often be hard to place and treat as many existing services across the country either focus on the personality disorder or the eating disorder.

Both aspects will be treated simultaneously at Cygnet Hospital Coventry, with the appropriate specialist therapeutic input provided. This will include the ability to undertake naso-gastric or peg feeding, if required.

Service user profile:

  • Female, aged 18+
  • Primary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Subject to a section of the Mental Health Act or informal
  • Demonstrate commitment to engage
  • May have co-morbid diagnoses including depressive disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • May exhibit behaviours including self-harm, suicidal thoughts/acts, self-neglect, interpersonal difficulties, substance misuse or fire-setting

Psychometric measures:

  • The Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (KIMS)
  • General Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD)
  • Patient Health Questionnaire (Depression)
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS)
  • Rosenberg Self-Esteem Questionnaire
  • Barratt Impulsivity Scale
  • State Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI-2)
  • Emotional regulation scale
  • Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI-2)
  • DBT ways of coping check list
  • Inventory of Altered Self Capacities (IASC)

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