I qualified as a medical doctor and went on to dual specialise in the fields of medical psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry, eventually taking up two consultant psychiatrist posts at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (the latter in the Family Trauma Team, Specialist Trauma & Maltreatment Service) concurrently. I also have a longstanding interest in teaching and academia, having a degree in medical education, and am a Course Lead at the Portman Clinic and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
In addition to seeing patients for psychiatric assessment and treatment, I have trained in and have experience of working using several psychotherapy modalities including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family and systemic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mentalization based therapy (MBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Additionally, I am trained in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), and use an attachment perspective.
If you are here reading this page, I want to acknowledge that the first step to seeking help and finding a psychiatrist or psychotherapist can feel difficult. I welcome enquiries, and if you would like to have a discussion regarding the possibility of working together, please contact me by email and I would be happy to arrange to speak with you.
A first meeting with me, often called an ‘assessment’ or ‘initial consultation’, carries no obligation to proceed to treatment and offers an opportunity to explore in depth what is causing you to seek help now. I specialise in working with people who have come to realise they are in emotional pain, or are using various ways of coping to avoid emotional pain, and who feel stuck in repeating patterns that now feel extremely difficult to change. The relationships in their life are often compromised in various ways. My approach is completely tailored to the individual, and I work collaboratively.
Alongside clinical work, I am also able to provide supervision to clinicians working with patients with complex presentations and difficulties.
I am a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and hold a full registration with a licence to practice with the General Medical Council.