North Yorkshire NHS Adult Autism and ADHD Assessment service
An NHS-funded service
We provide an Autism and ADHD Assessment Service which is free at the point of service, for people from the following CCG areas of North Yorkshire:
- NHS Vale of York CCG
- NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG
- NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG
- NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot refer yourself to the North Yorkshire Autism and ADHD Assessment Services. A referral has to be made by a health or social care professional.
Assessment for ASD and ADHD for people with learning disabilities
We also provide assessments for people aged 18 years of age and over who have a moderate to severe learning disability, and who are suspected by their GP or Consultant Psychiatrist of having a disorder on the Autistic Spectrum or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
We will work collaboratively with secondary learning disability and mental health services to provide training, and case management support for
patients with complex needs requiring an assessment. To apply for an assessment, please download the referral form below.
You can also take a read of the documents below to find out more about the assessment process.
What does the service offer?
- Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Assessment and diagnosis of ASD
- Screening for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Assessment and diagnosis of ADHD
- A limited number of sessions to help you make sense of your diagnosis
Getting an Assessment
- If you think that you or a family member has Autism or ADHD you should contact your GP. Your GP can refer you for an assessment as they have access to the correct referral form.
- If you are working with a Social Worker or with the local Community Mental Health Team you can contact them. They can refer you for an assessment.
If you already have a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD then you will not be able to access our NHS-funded service, which is for assessments only.
Our Wellbeing Hub
As part of our post diagnostic support for our clients who have received an Autism or ADHD diagnosis, as part of our post diagnostic support, we are now offering our Wellbeing Hub.
This includes one to one sessions with an Assistant Psychologist, for you to talk about ways you can improve your wellbeing such as healthy eating, weight loss, or stopping smoking. Additionally, you can access useful resources from HealthWatch York.
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Professionals seeking to refer to the Assessment Service?
If you are a GP, Social Worker or Community Mental Health Team member within the above four CCG areas, please complete our referral form on a computer or laptop here and email it to us at email@example.com
For further information about this service please call us on 01904 412 551
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We’re a York-based specialist mental healthcare provider, supporting people who require expert therapy to improve their mental wellbeing.
We specialise in tailored care which is personalised and effective, providing:
- Psychological assessment and therapy services locally, regionally and nationally
- Neurodevelopmental assessment and therapy services for adults, autistic children and young people, and children and young people with ADHD
What is Online/Video Therapy?
Our online therapy service allows us to offer help and support to people not able to access our York-based service face-to-face. Online therapy is a developing area for counselling and psychotherapy, and is also known as webcam counselling, e-therapy, web therapy, internet therapy and distance therapy. This service allows you all the benefits of face-to-face sessions with a therapist, via your personal computer and from the comfort of your home.
Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgmental way in a private, confidential setting. They can help you with your current difficulties, past experiences or anxieties about your future with the aim of helping you improve the quality of your life and relationships.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Any one of us can experience something that we find traumatic. This could be something recent that has happened to us or it could be from our earlier years. Either way, around 30% of people who experience something traumatic go on to develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events can vary widely, from road traffic or other accidents, involvement in military combat, near death experiences, or some form of abuse as a child or adult.
PTSD is a name given to a range of symptoms that someone may experience. Often, when we experience a situation that is traumatic, we may at first feel quite numb, but later experience symptoms such as:
- Nightmares or frightening thoughts
- Re-living the traumatic event, often termed ‘flashbacks’
- Avoidance of reminders of the event and of talking about it
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Hyper vigilance and alertness to possible danger
- Problems with concentration and memory.
These are all symptoms of PTSD and are usually very distressing to us.
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:
- Inattentiveness – most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
- Hyperactivity – there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
- Impulsiveness – people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.
Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.
What therapies do you offer?
We offer a range of individual and group therapies in line with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance. All of our therapists are highly trained, experienced and committed to continued professional development. Many therapists have training in more than one therapy modality, and are therefore in the best position to offer tailored, individualised therapy to meet your needs, drawing from the most up to date, evidence-based interventions.
Our therapies are usually delivered face to face, in relaxing therapy rooms. However if you are unable to come to The Retreat for your appointments, whatever the reason, we may be able to offer you an appointment via video link, using a secure platform called VSEE.
How do I access the service?
All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment.
To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 01904 412551.
Is the service confidential?
All our services are confidential, and our therapists and clinicians follow professional codes of conduct which include principles around confidentiality. This means we will not disclose information about you to a third party without your consent, unless we had significant concern for either your safety or the safety of someone else. We would make every attempt to discuss this with you if the situation arose.
Can I get involved in The Retreat?
We welcome representation from people who have finished their therapy or support within our services. There are a number of ways you can get involved, from joining us at information sharing events, helping us raise the profile of our services through the media, or consulting with us to help develop new service or recruit new staff. Please contact us for more information.
Get in Touch. Talk to us.
If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.