Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships

  • MBBS
  • Dip Mgt
  • MRCPsych

Professional experience

Dr Punukollu did his basic medical training in Liverpool and the Wirral before going on to do his psychiatric training in Central London mental health services at Chelsea and Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals. During his training, he was awarded a fellowship to gain experience at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute in the USA.

Dr Punukollu has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Nightingale Hospital since 2011. He sees patients with a range of disorders encompassing both General Adult and Addictions Psychiatry. He previously worked until early 2023, alongside his private practice, in the NHS as a Lead Consultant for Addictions where he also ran an ADHD clinic.

Through his work, he has developed experience in psychotherapy in the form of CBT, psychoanalysis and EMDR and brings elements of these into sessions with patients. He also has expertise in psychopharmacology and regularly attends workshops in the UK and USA to keep his knowledge and skills at the forefront.

Personal statement

Dr Punukollu’s main areas of expertise are Adult ADHD, addictions, trauma, depression and anxiety and sleep disorders.

He is passionate about building relationships with patients and will put in maximum energy towards helping them. He works collaboratively and in partnership with his patients to address their difficulties. Dr Punukollu believes that stigma significantly impacts mental illness and recovery from this. He feels strongly against this subject and tries to aid recovery through psychoeducation aimed at improving insight and reducing self-stigmatising negative patterns of illness behaviour.
In Dr Punukollu’s spare time, he enjoys travelling, especially to Europe, the USA and Asia, playing golf and cooking as well as spending time with family including his two young children.

Additional information about research, publications and interests

  • Publications: Revision Guide for MRCPsych Paper A, Chapter in Novel Psychoactive Substances 2017, Chapter in Clinical Topics in Cultural Psychiatry 2014, numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals e.g. 2021 – A feasibility trial of an intervention in alcohol dependence for structured preparation before detoxification versus usual care: the SPADe trial.
  • Quoted in articles in Huffington Post, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.
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