My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology
- Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act
- On Specialist Register of GMC as Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry
My professional experience:
I qualified in Medicine from Guys & St. Thomas’ medical school and went straight on to specialise in psychiatry, first at South London & Maudsley and then onto the Royal free/UCL for higher specialist training. I have been very privileged to have trained in centres of excellence at London training hospitals and thus have achieved a wealth of experience.
I currently provide a link/triage service for Nuffield Health.
During two decades of practising in mental health I have the experience of assessing, diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of conditions.
I have worked in the NHS as a consultant at the Chelsea & Westminster since 2009 before moving onto the West London Mental Health Trust until 2017. There, I led a ‘crisis’ team and liaison service, an assertive outreach team specialising in psychosis and latterly a recovery community team.
I now practice privately.
I accept referrals from patients, GPs, Occupational Health departments and employers. I am able to communicate fluent in French and conversational Spanish.
Any information disclosed will remain confidential, usually only released with patient consent.
My personal statement:
I am very privileged to be able to form close relationships with my clients and use a collaborative approach to addressing their mental health needs. I offer integrative treatments, which are evidence-based in the first instance, but also emphatic and negotiable.
I have access to extensive psycho therapeutic interventions as well as pharmacological if needed. I aim to incorporate a traditional approach of identifying biological, psychological and social aspects but also endeavour to treat holistically. This may encompass complementary therapies if so appropriate.
I see myself as having a pioneering approach to psychiatry. I have already introduced personalised medicine into my practice, in the form of pharmacogenetic ‘Myogenes’ testing, which allows a more targeted and informed approach to medication choice.
I am also one of the only consultant psychiatrists in London using leading medical device, ‘Alpha-Stim’, a safe and extremely well tolerated FDA-approved treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain management. With over 150 clinical studies to support its use and 30 years’ experience, this leading cranial electrotherapy technology is likely, in time, to become routine clinical practice, as it provides a highly effective alternative to medication. Alpha-stim looks set to get NICE approval for the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder in the near future following a successful study in the NHS.
On a personal note I enjoy regular Pilates, Tabata, cycling and the arts. I also love to travel.
Languages spoken: French and conversational Spanish.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
I have 10 original authorships including, papers & abstracts in peer-review medical journals.
I lecture to GP colleagues and tutor on the GP training rotations attached to Imperial medical school, this enables me to make our new generation of GPs aware and competent in identifying mental health needs and when to refer on to specialist care.