My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
MB BCh BAO, University College Dublin
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych)
Memberships and professional body affiliations:
Elected Member of the Forensic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Member of the Neuropsychiatry and General Adult Faculties of the Royal College
Member, Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry
Member, Independent Doctors Federation
Licence to Practice, General Medical Council Specialist Register (3622760), Adult Psychiatry
Approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act, as having expertise in psychiatry
My professional experience:
I am a senior consultant psychiatrist, with expertise in supporting recovery from a broad range of psychiatric and psychological conditions. I graduated from University College Dublin Medical School in 1986 and completed specialised psychiatry training at the world famous Maudsley Hospital in London, where I have worked as a consultant for 20 years. I was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011, for promoting developments and standards in mental health care.
My clinical experience is extensive and varied. I have expertise in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, perinatal mental health problems, OCD, personality difficulties, self-harm and psychosis. I have worked in both in-patient and community settings within the NHS.
I specialise in treating stress-related problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), having worked at the Maudsley’s Traumatic Stress Service for over 8 years. I subsequently developed a special interest in treating psychological consequences of being stalked.
I have a particular interest in neuropsychiatry, medically unexplained conditions and functional neurological disorder, having trained at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square in London.
I have extensive experience in medico-legal settings, working with legal teams to provide professional assessment and opinions. I provide evidence in court as an expert witness.
My current NHS role is within a forensic psychiatric setting, where I assess and treat patients with complex presentations, spanning both mental illness and personality difficulties. I act as Lead Consultant for the service.
I have worked in private practice for over ten years in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
My personal statement:
By providing a safe and secure space to explore your concerns, I can help you come to an understanding of your symptoms and their causes. I will provide a balanced and holistic approach to your care by considering medical, psychological and social factors that may be contributing.
Following an initial assessment, I will formulate a tailored treatment plan with you and explore a range of treatment and support options, including the role of your family, friends and employers, if appropriate. My aim is to support your full recovery as quickly and effectively as possible.
Medication may play an important role in treatment, but I will focus on the benefits of psychological and practical support by considering the involvement of psychologists and therapists with whom I work, to provide wrap-around care.
Please get in touch to have an initial chat about how I can help you.
Additional Information about my research, publications and interests:
I remain up to date with advances in treatment through continuing professional development, my work with the Royal College and as an active researcher and teacher.
I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ (GKT) School of Medicine and Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. I have over 50 published research papers in academic journals. My early research was in PTSD and perinatal psychiatry and I have also published widely on stalking, service development and novel treatment strategies to improve recovery. A list of publications is available on request.
I train and supervise medical students and junior doctors and recently won the Innovation in Clinical Teaching award from GKT. I appraise my consultant colleagues, am a recognised Educational Supervisor and support developments nationally in my role as elected member of the Forensic Faculty of the Royal College. In addition, I have an international approach to clinical care and development and have taught in Somaliland, Ireland, America and Australia.