EMERGE Leeds: Complex Emotional Needs Service

EMERGE Leeds: Complex Emotional Needs Service is the new name for the service previously known as the Leeds Personality Disorder Managed Clinical Network. Our rebrand has been undertaken in collaboration with our service users and staff and is an acknowledgement that diagnosis, labels and the language of mental health can have a real impact. You don’t need (or have to agree with) a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ to access our service.

We are a city-wide, multi-agency and multidisciplinary service that aims to work effectively with people who are experiencing complex emotional needs and interpersonal difficulties.

We see people who may, as a result of complex trauma and adverse life experiences, have developed ways of coping and surviving that can cause them harm and distress, and we provide a range of different services to meet the needs of people at different stages of their personal development.

These are:

Care coordination
Men Listening in a Support Group

Young Adults Pathway

A service for young adults aged 18-25 in Leeds with complex emotional needs or with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Care coordination of over 25s

A service for adults aged over 25 with complex emotional needs or a diagnosis of personality disorder who are at risk of long-term hospital admission, or who are being discharged from (or within) long-term hospital placements.

Our group work programmes
Group therapy session in circle

Journey Programme

The Journey programme helps people to develop a better understanding of what they do in their daily lives, and how their life experiences might affect this. It helps people to take part in purposeful activity and gives people a chance to learn about themselves and others in a different way. The programme is led by our occupational therapists.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups are designed to help people learn new skills to help them cope when they feel suicidal or want to use self-harming or life-threatening behaviours to manage distress.


Support for professionals
A man and woman sat in discussion on a sofa.
Case Consultation

A service for colleagues working with individuals with complex emotional needs, or those with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Case Consultation can be offered to any professional working in Leeds who would like support to think about how they can most effectively assist the people they work with.




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