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Dr Radha A. Bhat

Dr Radha A. Bhat MBBS, D.P.M., M.D., FRCPsych, MAcadMEd, MA, M Inst Group Analysis Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Hon. Senior Clinical Lecturer Dr Bhat is a Consultant Psychiatrist registered with the General Medical Council on a Specialist Register for child and adolescent psychiatry. She is part of the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) team at The London Psychiatry Centre. She has extensive experience in dealing with children and adolescents with complex and serious psychiatric problems, including eating disorders, psychosis, depression and ADHD. Dr Bhat uses a psychodynamic (individual and group) approach and psychopharmacological treatments, as appropriate. With over 30 years’ experience as a consultant, Dr Bhat has worked in areas with significant social deprivation, making excellent links with special schools, looked after and adopted children’s teams, and substance misuse and youth offending services. Currently, Dr Bhat is a locum Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust on the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Assessment Team In this role, she works closely with the multi-disciplinary teams working with a number of young people with complex mental health needs and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr Bhat has a history in teaching and examining students at a number of esteemed educational institutions, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, University of London and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has participated in a number of research projects, with research interests in ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. She is currently carrying out research in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. Languages: Hindi/Urdu Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Konkani....

Miri Sizak-Cohen

Miri Sizak-Cohen, Child and adolescent clinical psychologist, London

Miri Sizak-Cohen BA, (Hons), MA (Clinical psychology) Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist Ms Sizak-Cohen is a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Health Professions Council (HPC). She has over 25 years of experience working in community, residential, mental health and hospital settings. Ms Sizak-Cohen works with children, adolescents, and adults, presenting mental health, behavioural, developmental, emotional and family difficulties. Ms Sizak-Cohen has extensive expertise in assessment and therapeutic treatment using a range of therapeutic techniques including individual, couple, group work and parent’s consultation. She adopts an integrated approach, (psychodynamic, CBT, systemic) to help children and adolescents achieve to the best of their potential, and to enhance family relationships. In her current post in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the London Borough of Hackney, Ms Sizak-Cohen has developed successful parenting programs working as a clinical psychologist and parenting lead. There she has developed a range of parenting groups for parents with children with special needs/disabilities in order to help manage behavioural difficulties and enhance positive family relationships. Ms Sizak-Cohen’s broad experience of working in different settings (children and adult mental health teams hospitals, inpatient and outpatient, and schools) within different cultures, has enabled her to gain deep understanding and ability to work with cultural differences and contexts. In addition to her clinical work, Ms Sizak-Cohen provides clinical supervision, consultation and training to a range of organisations in both the independent and statutory sectors for children, young people and their families. Languages: English, Hebrew...

Dr Naomi Coleman

Dr Naomi Coleman BSc (Hons), MEd, DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist Dr Coleman is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health. She has significant expertise in the assessment and therapeutic treatment of a range of developmental, emotional and behavioural difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, social communication, difficulties of attention and hyperactivity and associated behaviour problems. Offering a bespoke service to meet individual and family needs using a range of therapeutic techniques, Dr Coleman adopts an integrated approach to help children achieve to the best of their potential. Dr Coleman studied Neuroscience at Sussex University, which served to shape her understanding of the links between the brain, personal experience and behaviour. She then went on to complete a Masters in Educational Psychology at Manchester University with a specialist focus on child development, education strategies and individual learning styles. Her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London focused on understanding mental health difficulties within individual and social contexts to help manage psychological distress. Her academic, research and clinical experience in the following years have provided an extensive knowledge base to help improve children’s emotional, social and academic wellbeing and development. For example in a previous post, Dr Coleman jointly set up and developed a busy and successful parenting service working as a Clinical Psychologist and parenting lead for the London Borough of Ealing. This included specialist work in tailoring and delivering a range of targeted parenting groups for mothers and fathers of 0-18 year olds, to help manage behavioural difficulties and enhance family relationships. A community psychology approach was also used to develop supportive structures in the wider social context. Furthermore, as a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team in Barnet, Dr Coleman regularly offered consultation to parents and schools as well as individual or group work with young people and their families. Dr Coleman has also specialised in a Neurodevelopmental CAMHS team assessing and supporting young people and their families with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and ADHD. Whilst holding an awareness of the uniqueness and complexity of the individual in her clinical practice, Dr Coleman’s own personal experiences have helped to foster a deep understanding of the impact of suffering and loss in the family. For example, following personal chronic family illness and bereavement of a sibling with three young children, she became a founder and continuing...

Lucille Balcombe

Lucille Balcombe, Registered Mental Health Nurse

Lucille Balcombe MSc, RMN Registered Mental Health Nurse Lucille is a registered Mental Health Nurse who has specialised in child and adolescent mental health for 23 years. She has a strong track record in successful outcomes with children, young people and their parents through her direct clinical work, and is seen as an expert in parenting and family group work. In her senior role within a multi-disciplinary CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) team based in North London she is Lead Nurse, acting in both a teaching and advisory role. She is also accountable for the assessment and direct treatment of care to children and young people in her current role within the NHS. Lucille provides optimum treatment of disorders such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), anxiety and depression, using a range of modalities including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). In carrying out clinical assessments of young people and their families Lucille utilises highly advanced analytical and interpersonal skills, providing expert opinion to a huge range of professionals. Lucille worked with a group of health professionals to develop an MSc in Transdisciplinary Working in child mental health at Brunel University, and during this time was Associate Lecturer. She was asked by Young Minds to join them with City University in developing an MSc in Inter-Professional practice (CAMHS), seeing it through the process of validation. After completion she later taught as a Visiting Lecturer....

Dr Su Sukumaran

Dr Su Sukumaran MB ChB, DCCH, MRCPsych, LLM Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Su Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 1999, and has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental Disorders; the psychological aspects of physical illness; the impact of adult mental illness on children and families; and Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and Parent Training. She read Medicine at the University of Liverpool and worked in Adult Medicine and Paediatrics before undertaking General Psychiatric training at Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospitals, followed by Child and Adolescent Psychiatric training at St Mary’s, Paddington. Dr Sukumaran was then appointed as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Imperial College) in Ealing CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), where she built up the Neurodevelopmental Team. A career and maternity break followed, during which she moved to Hong Kong, where she obtained a Master of Laws in Human Rights. This has given her a deeper understanding of health as a basic right in itself and its interconnectedness with other human rights. Since her return to London, Dr Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Paediatric Liaison and community CAMHS teams in Barnet. She is active in teaching medical students and trainees in Psychiatry and other disciplines, and regularly consults to colleagues in Primary Care, Education and Social Care. She maintains her interest in Human Rights and in particular, children’s rights, through her membership of the Special Committee on Human Rights of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Child Rights Alliance for England. Other voluntary-sector experience includes work with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and charities for the homeless, fostering and adoption, and for families of children with special needs. Dr. Sukumaran’s broad experience means that she adopts an integrated approach, combining physical, developmental, emotional, family and wider community perspectives. She works closely with multidisciplinary colleagues and other children’s services, such as schools and Paediatricians, whenever possible. Languages: English, French, Tamil and Malayalam...