Children and their families are sometimes nervous about a meeting
with a psychiatrist. This might be because they are worried about
what I might say, or they may be apprehensive about discussing uncomfortable
feelings. I am very much aware of these difficulties and always work
hard to put all parties at their ease. I am here to help and understand
rather than judge or reprimand. My role is to use my knowledge of
child development, psychology and mental health to make sense of the
current problems and find a way forward.
First consultations usually last up to 90 minutes (with the exception of multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments which may take longer). If a follow-up appointment is needed it will almost certainly be shorter. A parent or responsible adult will always accompany the child or teenager to the appointment with the rare exception of some teenagers over sixteen who choose to come alone. I always encourage the involvement of parents where possible. Children and young people always have the option to spend part of our meeting without their parents present. During our time together we will discuss the current concerns as well as aspects of the family history and the child’s developmental history. If you have any previous reports it is helpful to bring these along.
At the end of the session I will be in a position discuss my recommendations regarding the next steps. After an initial consultation I will write a letter to the referring doctor summarising our discussion, diagnosis and recommendations and provide you with a copy.
Before the consultation I will need a referral from another doctor,
usually your GP. This is important as your GP will have an overall
view of your child’s health and may need to be involved in any ongoing
treatment I might recommend. Most insurance companies require a GP
referral and it is best professional practice to operate on this basis.
You can arrange an appointment via Tracey my PA. She will provide you will all the relevant details you need and answer any of your queries.
London consultations are held in Bloombury at The Child and Family
Practice, 60 Bloomsbury Street.