Our aim is to create therapeutic community. The structural framework of the community, with its rules and predictable routines, provides external containment which can gradually be internalised.
Community Housing and Therapy (CHT) is a registered charity that runs therapeutic communities which help people who are experiencing severe mental ill health gain a foothold in the world by positioning themselves in relationship to the other and to language, and finding stabilisation in relation to the community rather than to their symptoms.
We believe that all sufferers of mental ill health, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have access to psychotherapy and not just be treated with medication.
CHT treats around 150 patients a year. Most people admitted to our programmes have a psychosis, or what is known in psychiatry as a personality disorder, or complex trauma. Many have served in the armed forces and been homeless.
CHT’s staff team comprises of approximately forty five psychotherapists/trainee psychotherapists, and we run a comprehensive Post Graduate training programme in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is accredited by Middlesex University.
CHT also has an international network of over 1,000 professionals in 65 different countries.
Since its foundation CHT has developed a particular therapeutic community style through a critical engagement in Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, and by reflecting on the philosophical foundations of community through a consideration of Heidegger's notions of dwelling and being-with.