Dr James Arkell, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr James Arkell

Consultant Psychiatrist, General Psychiatry

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • FRCPsych
  • MA Hons (Cantab)
  • Diploma in CBT
  • Certificate for systemic practice with family and couples

My professional experience:

I studied medicine at Cambridge University and University College London. I trained in psychiatry at The Maudsley and Royal Free Hospitals and have worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. Until 2014 I worked as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in Kensington and Chelsea, and had been there since 2007. I have worked both in general psychiatry and in eating disorders. I support occupational health at The House of Commons and also British Airways seeing pilots and MPs. I also hold an honorary contract at the Royal College of Art where I support the student counselling service. I am an honorary lecturer at Imperial College Medical School. I teach psychologists and medical students, supervise trainee psychiatrists and have mentored for newly appointed NHS consultants.

My personal statement:

Through working in both the private sector and NHS I have experience in treating the full range of mental health problems from mild stress through to severe and enduring mental illness. I endeavour to combine an informal style with rigorous diagnostics and use an integrated approach addressing the biological, psychological and social aspects of illness. I work with both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches using my background in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and working with families. I work closely alongside psychotherapists and GPs valuing the containment that this golden triangle of team work can achieve.

I take an interest in the interface between mental health and the arts, setting up a series of events involving The Royal College of Psychiatrists and The Almeida

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