How I work...
I provide a completely confidential and professional service. Referrals from healthcare professionals or self-referrals are accepted. Please make sure you send us the referral letter or any relevant reports prior to the assessment.
I meet with the parent/carer(s) and the child or the young person together and will also arrange to meet with the parent/carer(s) and the child/young person individually. During family consultations, I make sure that each individual is given space to talk. In most cases, I complete the assessment over two sessions. The sessions last for about 50 minutes unless an extended session is arranged. In some instances, for example where ADHD or ASD is being considered, additional specialised assessments such as ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) maybe recommended. If blood tests or an extensive physical examination are required, I will ask the patient's GP or another paediatrician colleague to do these. I am also able to arrange blood tests to be done privately.
If the consultation is with regards to an adult, the assessment can be complete over one session.
At the end of the assessment, I discuss my findings and explain the options for treatment. We agree on a management plan together.
The most relevant psychological therapy will be planned either individually for the child or the adult, for the family as a whole, or a combination of both. The sessions often take place on a weekly basis to begin with and the length of treatment and frequency of the sessions will differ according to the treatment. Occasionally medication is appropriate and I may recommend it. However, I will first discuss this in detail with you and enable you to consider the potential pitfalls and to weigh up the pros and cons of this course of action.
I work closely with other specialists such as paediatricians, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians and I make appropriate referrals when necessary.
School reports or direct contact with educational professionals are often illuminating. With your permission, I will obtain reports from your child's school following the initial assessment session if necessary. I am also able to attend school meetings or arrange further telephone discussions with the schools or other professionals.
If your visit is for a consultation or a second opinion, I will prepare a written report, a copy of which will be made available to you. If you have any queries about your report, you will be able to email me for further advice.
I am happy to do consultations via video conference. Sometimes, it is important to respond to referrals immediately and this enables me to arrange a consultation promptly and to provide a service for my international consulters.
The initial appointment session is £250 and follow up appointments are £160. All fees are to be paid at the time of appointment or full details of your insurers made available prior to appointment.
Should you wish to cancel, please call the practice as soon as possible, providing at least 48 hours of notice to avoid the full cancellation fee.
I provide psychiatric assessments and reports for the courts. I carry out assessments for personal injury, compensation cases, family law matters (e.g. care proceedings, disputed custody, residence and contact arrangements) and youth and crown court matters (e.g. fitness to plead, assessment of capacity) involving children with emotional, behavioural or neurodevelopmental difficulties. I take on both privately funded cases and legal aid funded cases.