Dr Ghazala Afzal, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Ghazala Afzal

Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

I’m appointed as a visiting Child Psychiatrist at Nightingale Hospital London and at the Priory Hospital, Southgate. I conduct my Private Practice in Adolescent & Family Psychiatry, from my offices in Harley Street, Lissom Grove and Chelsea. I also provide Medico–Legal Assessments.

I hold full registration and License to practice from the General Medical Council in UK and have a license to practice in New York State, USA.

I am a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry MRCPsych, and hold a Diplomate in Psychiatry and Neurology, and Child Psychiatry, conferred by the United States Specialty Boards.

I have been approved by Secretary of State UK under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act as a Specialist in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

I was appointed as an Appraiser by The Independent Doctors Federation for GMC Relicensing and Revalidation of Doctors.(2013 –  2015)

In the past, I was Medical Advisor to the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry at Nightingale Hospital London, May 2000-2007

I was an NHS Consultant at the West Lambeth Community Care Trust (now part of South London and Maudsley Trust) in Child Protection Services 1995 -1997 and Adolescent Services between 1997-1999. I Trained and worked in New York, USA between 1968 to 1989, and in UK since then.

My training in the UK was at Maudsley Hospital, Tavistock Clinic, and Royal Free Hospital.

Professional Organisations Memberships:

  • Royal college of Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association- Distinguished Fellow
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • British Medical Association
  • Independent Doctors Forum

My professional experience:

I have experience and training in 3 different countries and cultures, Pakistan, USA, and UK.  This affords me a wide range of approaches to best treat my patients. My training in the United States and the United Kingdom was well rounded  in the  diagnoses and use of multiple treatment modalities, i.e. psychoanalytic approaches, group and family work, medication and CBT.

I love my work, each person presents a challenge, ‘what is the problem, how can they be helped?’ I wanted to apply a similar approach in society for charitable purposes. I set up a UK Registered Charity, Concern for Mental Health, to help people suffering from a mental illness. Our work centres on consulting with ailing Psychiatric Institutions, teaching and training Mental Health Professionals and creating innovative programs that fit in naturally with the local ethos and culture, campaigning to reduce stigma around mental illness.

My personal statement:

I take a full overview of all aspects of a young person’s functioning, including the biological, psychological, and social factors to complete my assessment.

I specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling, behaviour, a change in functioning affecting children, adolescents, and their families. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The diagnostic formulation and treatment plan is made, the recommendations are discussed with the child / adolescent, their family and is communicated to the referrer.

An integrated treatment approach is used, involving individual, group or family psychotherapy, medication or consultation with other physicians or professionals from schools, courts or social welfare agencies as needed. When the problems cannot be managed at home, school, or the community, or there are fears for the safety of the young person, I organise inpatient or Day Therapy treatment in hospital allowing for recovery and rehabilitation

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

I have a wide understanding of development, psychology and pathology. I lecture on diverse topics related to my work and interests at national and local hospital meetings in the USA and UK, and have publications and presentations related to these topics:

  • Depression in young children and adolescents
  • Epidemiological study and follow-up of individuals with Mental Retardation and autism, The Frequency of Fragile X Chromosome in this group: Research with Professor Michael Rutter
  • Comparison of instruments HBS (Wing) & ADI [Rutter] in the diagnosis of Autism.                                     
  • DSM IV Diagnostic International Field Trial of Autism
  • Family Therapy & Attachment Theory(with Dr John Bingham and Professor Issy Kolvin )
  • Children of Homosexual and Heterosexual Single Mothers
  • In depth  case study: ‘Sexual Development of the Adolescent Daughter of a Homosexual Mother’
  • Psychiatric Aspects of Trans-sexualism, Transsexual Parents and their children(with Professor Richard Green )
  • Social and psychological Implications of Genetic testing, Amniocentesis.
  • Issues for parents related to the  death of a child due to  Genetic Disease
  • Discipline and Aggression in Average Families (with Dr Judith Kestenburg)
  • Primary Prevention and parenting, a Model Public School program for Toddlers.
  • Entrancement of the Mother with her Young Baby: Implications for the Sibling.

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