My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
My professional experience:
I am a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with over 20 years experience of working with children, young people and their parents. In Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) the types of problems referred for treatment cover a wide range of difficulties, for example, a child/young persons behaviour is out of control, a child or young person who is emotionally distressed because of bullying, bereavement or abuse, or a mental health conditions such as depression, psychosis, addiction or eating disorder. I have experience in managing this wide range of difficulties.
My personal statement:
My approach in every case is, firstly, to understand what the current concerns/worries are as fully as possible and from there explore and uncover the underlying problem(s). Distress for a parent/child/young person can result from a number of factors, so it is important to explore areas where problems can start: a child’s development, family relations, life at school/college, friendships and life experiences. It is also important to look for signs of mental health problems such as depression which can go unrecognised, in the child or parent, and cause distress.
I would engage you in an open discussion to explore these and any other areas of concern to you.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
My main aim is to help a child/young person to continue, or resume, a healthy development so they can achieve at school/college and socially.