About Me

I am a retired Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, with over 35 years’ experience in the NHS, 23 as a Consultant. I am also a qualified Family Therapist. My skills are with children aged 0 to 18 and their families, with almost any presenting problems. As a psychiatrist, I am used to doing thorough assessments, and prescribing medication. As a Family Therapist, I am used to exploring issues through talking, either with several people from the same family, or one person. When doing individual counselling, I tend to adopt a “Rogerian” approach— person-centred counselling#. I will readily refer to colleagues for more specialist individual therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I can be flexible about venues and appointment times: for instance, I can offer home visits and Saturday appointments if appropriate.


Qualifications

Basic medical qualification: MB, BS 1979, awarded by the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London

Paediatric qualifications: DCH (Diploma in Child Health) 1981; MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) 1983

Psychiatric qualification: MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) 1991

Family Therapy qualification: Advanced Clinical Diploma in Family Therapy 1996, awarded by the Institute of Family Therapy, leading to membership of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, via the Association for Family Therapy. 

Experience

I have been an NHS Consultant in Child &Adolescent Psychiatry since 1995, working almost exclusively in outpatient CAMHS.  I retired in 2014, and then worked intermittently in various Locums until July 2018.

# Person-Centred Therapy: following the client’s lead in the flow of the conversation, and developing the client’s own understanding and skills to their benefit.