I am a Consultant Psychiatrist. I qualified as a medical doctor in 1997 from University College London Medical School, specialised in General Psychiatry and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2002. I further specialised in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Oxford and received my Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2005. I went on to work as a consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the next eight years, where I gained a special interest in the developmental aspects of trauma in children and how this contributes to adult mental disorder and especially substance dependence.
I currently work with adults for a Substance Misuse Service in North Somerset and for the Adult Veterans Trauma Service in Bristol. I have academic ties to Bristol University and Imperial College London, where I am leading teams developing clinical research with the drug MDMA. I am the founder and president of the UK conference, Breaking Convention.
In my private practice I use my experience of developmental child psychopathology to carry out assessments for the family law courts and provide psychiatric care to teenagers and adults with post-trauma symptoms.