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The Priory Group: Stress clinics across the UK

The Priory Group

The Priory Group is Europe's leading independent provider of treatment and care for mental health conditions and psychological and psychiatric services. At the Priory, their highly skilled, multidisciplinary team assess your individual needs and develop a tailored programme of activities and therapies that can help you to manage and reduce the stress in your life.

The Priory Group prides itself on providing clients with complete transparency and the highest standards of care. The Priory Group's purpose is to work with individuals, their families and their care teams to create a personalised programme of treatment, care and education. Each programme is based on four key principles: empowerment and autonomy, dignity, physical healthcare provision and social interaction and is designed to maximise potential, increase self-esteem, promote independence and improve quality of life.


Priory Group employees are passionate about providing the highest standards of care and education in safe, positive, flexible environments that enable each individual to achieve his or her maximum potential.

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The Priory Group bases its success on providing patients with:

  • Individual treatment programmes that meet the specific needs of the patient

  • Flexible evening and weekend appointments

  • Expert consultant-led care

  • Caring therapeutic environments aiding the healing process

  • Rapid access to a wide range of therapists and psychologists

  • Quality assurance across the board through our accreditation with the UK's mental health regulators

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The Priory Group's environment and facilities

All Priory hospitals are maintained to the highest standards and provide comfortable accommodation in friendly atmospheres. Their high staffing levels ensure that each patient achieves optimum quality of life. They have extensive facilities for residents with mobility difficulties. All hospitals have controlled access systems and integrated alarm systems. At Priory hospitals the on-site chefs offer freshly prepared meals that accommodate all dietary requirements.


Understanding stress

Stress is part of everyday life and is created by the situations you find yourself in and by your own ambitions. The right amount of stress brings out your best and keeps you alert. However, too much stress can drive you to 'burnout'. Burnout is a condition that develops when you work too hard for too long in a high-pressure environment. You become physically and emotionally exhausted. It can affect anyone at any age, and not just high-powered executives. However, over-conscientious perfectionists are most likely to suffer burnout. They are highly competitive and impatient. They've got high expectations of themselves and of others, but cannot share out work and responsibility. They're used to being in control, and are unlikely to ask for help when things go wrong. Priory Group specialists treat patients who have suffered from stress and they are skilled at providing programmes to help patients manage and reduce the effects of stress on their lives.

What are the signs of stress and burnout?

  • Insomnia leading to tiredness

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Depression

  • Having too much caffeine or alcohol

  • Low productivity accompanied by feelings of low achievement and regular absence 

  • Being accident-prone

  • Being cynical and defensive, and finding fault

  • Headaches, backache, indigestion, weight loss or gain, shortness of breath, regular or lingering colds

  • Ulcers

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • High blood pressure

  • Angina, heart attacks and strokes

  • Migraines

  • Drug and alcohol addiction

  • Asthma

  • Diabetes


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How is stress and burnout treated?

The effects of stress will vary between individuals. For example, you could be suffering from depression or drug addiction, so you may need a short course of medication. You may be offered therapy to help you change your attitudes and behaviour, and to help you develop a lifestyle and strategies for coping better with stress. You should try to avoid stressful people and situations, and you may even need a period away from work.


Stress clinics and therapy centres

The Priory Group currently has 18 therapy centres across the UK. Whilst most centres are within the Priory Group acute hospitals, there are also satellite therapy centres in central London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Canterbury.


Residential services

Out-patient services






The Priory welcomes patients from the NHS and the independent sector. They accept referrals from GPs, consultant psychiatrists, CAMHS, general adult psychiatry services, drug and alcohol services, and psychotherapists. The Priory also accept self-referrals for their addictions treatment programme via a free addictions assessment.


The majority of referrals are made through the patient's GP. A referral can be made to the appropriate hospital's Admissions Office by telephone, email, fax or in writing. The Admissions Office then passes the patient's details on to the appropriate consultant psychiatrist. The Priory accepts 24/7 referrals. Urgent or out-of-hours appointments and admissions can be arranged immediately by telephoning the appropriate hospital.


To make a referral please contact the relevant hospital.


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Contact details

Tel: 0845 277 4679









  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Individual treatment programmes
  • Quick access to an extensive range of therapists and psychologists