About

Private Kent psychiatrist helping with low mood, high anxiety, emotional problems, behavioural difficulties and poor mental health

I am a consultant psychiatrist in private practice in Canterbury, Kent and London.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specialising in disorders of the mind. Because of my medical qualification I can help you with talking therapy but also prescribe medication (which a psychologist cannot). Combining psychotherapy and medical treatment means I can help you get well sooner.

A consultant is the highest grade of doctor in the UK. After medical school, you can either train as a GP or apply for specialist training, which typically adds another 7-9 years before you can be appointed as a consultant. Specialisation means that I will be able to to make diagnoses that your GP can’t and prescribe treatments that your GP isn’t familiar with or unable to provide. For you, this is about you getting an accurate diagnosis and the treatment that is exactly right for you.

I used to work full time in the NHS, but I grew frustrated with the bureaucracy and the long waiting lists. I left to concentrate on private practice and clinical rather than admin work. For you this means you can see me without delay, right when you need me.

Diagnosis

Diagnoses and conditions I commonly see are:

  • Mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, phobias/fears, for example of going out (agoraphobia), of confined spaces (claustrophobia), of being sick (emetophobia), health anxiety and others
  • Adult ADHD
  • Aspergers and other Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis and schizophrenia
  • Weight management and obesity
  • Addiction, alcoholism, drug misuse
  • Gambling
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Chronic fatigue and psychosomatic disorders

Treatments

For a lot of conditions there is more than one treatment. Because I am a consultant psychiatrist who also has a good training in psychotherapy, I can advise you on what exactly is likely to work for you.

The most important kinds of treatment are with medication (psychopharmacology) and talking therapies (psychotherapy).

Medication:

While your GP is likely to be limited to just a few antidepressants, I can advise you on the full range of medications available, including the most modern antidepressants, mood stabilisers, antipsychotics or anxiolytic medication (medications against anxiety). Medication is also available for problems such as adult ADHD, addictions or insomnia. A lot of these medications will not be available directly through your GP, but often with my specialist supervision your GP is then allowed to prescribe it for you on the NHS. In other cases patients are happy to take my private prescriptions to a pharmacy of their choice. I also work with a service that delivers prescribed medication to your door (within 2 to 4 hours in London; outside of London free next day delivery is available and requests for international deliveries can be catered for).

Psychotherapy:

Sometimes psychotherapy is sufficient and very often you get the best results through a smart combination of medication and talking therapy. I am CBT trained to the the same standard as clinical psychologists in Germany, but I also use elements from other psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, DBT, ACT and role play. I also work together with a number of very good psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors, including for psychoanalytic and EMDR treatment. When I send a patient to another therapist, I usually try to remain involved to ensure you always make the best possible progress.

Sometimes it’s easier to receive both medication and therapy from the same person, sometimes it’s better to split these two roles. Together we will work out what is best for you.