I combine the best available scientific knowledge with experience and well-honed clinical judgement to deliver individually-tailored care. Every person is unique. Even if the symptoms are the same, they will affect each person differently. Some of this may be because of our individual coping styles, some of it may be because of our biological make-up. This means people will also respond to treatments, whether medications or talking therapies in different ways.
In my experience, it is not just the illness that holds my patients back but the things it stops them from doing. Disorders like depression and anxiety can stop us from living fulfilling lives; they impact on our relationships or make us take time off work. I will work with you to help you get back to the things that are important to you and help you achieve the things you want to.
I think of my patients as partners in our consultations and will actively involve you in treatment decisions. After all, you know your mind and body better than anyone else. There are often a range of options that can help you achieve the things you want to. We will work together to identify the treatment that could help you the most.
Conditions I Treat
Depressive disorders including dysthymia
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder
Alcohol problems and drug addictions
Psychotic disorders including schizophrenia
Interaction between physical and mental disorders:
Mental complications of physical disorders
Health anxieties and persistent physical symptoms
Pain syndromes including fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and joint hypermobility
Psychiatric assessment and diagnosis
Individualized treatment plan agreed with the client
Psychological formulation, medication recommendations and referral for therapy
Consideration of physical conditions in the management of psychiatric conditions
Second opinions (extra fee may apply)
Teaching and training to primary care and non-mental health professionals
A psychological formulation can help to make sense of how and why a person has developed certain emotional difficulties. It is a process that takes into account past and ongoing relationships, life events, current difficulties and coping mechanisms. It is a bit like telling me your story, with me reflecting on how your experiences have shaped the way you are feeling now. Together, then we develop a theory of how and why your difficulties arose which can provide you with a deeper understanding of your difficulties. If we agreed that you would benefit from talking therapies, then a formulation can also help identify particular things to focus on in therapy or even which type of therapy might be best suited to you. If you were interested in developing a formulation as part of the consultation please let me know in advance as it will require two full hour visits.