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Team members

The Oaktree Clinic have a dedicated team of highly experienced consultants operating across a range of disiplines. Click on each disipline below to view the consultants.

Neuropsychiatry & Liaison Psychiatry
Dr Meetu Sonsati
Expertise: General Adult Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, Perinatal & Neuropsychiatry

Dr Meetu Sonsati has a wealth of experience and skill in assessment and management of patients with psychiatric disorders. Her special interest is in treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders including adult ADHD, Epilepsy & Non epileptic attack disorder, sleep disorders, functional movement disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, conversion disorders.

‘I have a vision, that we will one day accept mental health issues just as we do any other physical health problems. I want to aid that by creating a service that is open, seamlessly integrates both these areas of medicine without forgetting that psychiatry is unique, in that we look at the person as a whole rather than just a diagnosis. I believe in the holistic approach and therefore use the cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytical approach in assessment, treatment and care. I passionately support the campaign against stigma of mental illness.’

Professor Swaran Singh
Expertise: Psychosis, Somatisation, and Deliberate self-harm, Cultural and ethnic factors in mental illness, Mental health law

Professor Swaran Singh originally trained as a surgeon in New Delhi before moving to psychiatry following his work with children traumatised in ethnic conflict. He has been involved in three major mental health reforms in the UK, developing & implementing early intervention in psychosis services, improving care pathway for Black & ethnic minority groups, and developing youth mental health services. He has published over 150 scientific papers & book chapters, advised Governments in Europe, Canada & Australia on mental health reform. His research work has been reported worldwide in national; and international media outlets including BBC, CNN and TIME magazine.

“Psychiatry and mental health care has done more to alleviate human suffering than many other branches of medicine. Working in the field of mental health is also intensely stimulating and rewarding, both intellectually and clinically. The final frontier of human knowledge is the working of the mind and the brain. We know a lot more now about the causes and cures of mental disorders, and yet there is so much more to find out. Each human being has their own unique strengths and abilities; and in psychiatry we can combine the objective science of medicine and the subjective art of healing in a deeply human and humane manner”.

Dr Alfred White
Expertise: Neuropsychiatry, Liaison Psychiatry, Occupational Health, Brain Injury

Dr. Alfred White undertook his senior training in Birmingham and obtained his MD in 1981. He was appointed an NHS Consultant in 1978 and started the Liaison psychiatry unit at University Hospital, Birmingham. He acts as a Medical Advisor for the General Medical Council and has been an Examiner and now is a Royal College of Psychiatrists assessor. His other interests include Liaison Psychiatry, especially head injury and medical negligence. Dr White also has extensive experience in the medico-legal field and has a large practice. He enjoys assisting with civil cases.

‘I love psychiatry — it is all so interesting! I particularly enjoy the interface between medicine/surgery and psychiatric conditions. My main research project (MD thesis) was on burns and other trauma. Currently I have a weekly psychiatric Occupational Health Clinic, see patients at the Brain injury Rehabilitation Unit and am involved in the live donor transplantation service. I see medico-legal cases with trauma, medical negligence and employment being my special interests’.

Substance Misuse Psychiatry
Dr Gautam Bettegowda
Expertise: General Adult psychiatry, Substance Misuse psychiatry

Dr Bettegowda is a highly skilled Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry with specialist accreditation in Substance Misuse. In addition to management of drug and alcohol related problems, he has experience of treating a wide variety of mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, Schizophrenia and mental health issues related to work stress and relationship problems. His special interest is in treating mood disorders.

‘I believe that each patient is unique and so work with and treat every patient according to their psychiatric, psychological and social needs. One of the achievements I treasure is being trusted and liked by my patients, whose feedback, that they find me friendly, empathic, non-judgemental & non-discriminatory has been a source of pleasure to me through my career.’

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Minnie Joseph
Expertise: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Dr. Minnie Joseph is a Senior Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience in this field. She undertook her training in England and has since then worked in both, NHS and private sector. Dr. Joseph also has 13 years of inpatient experience and was the medical director of Woodbourne Priory Hospital for 8 years. In addition to her psychiatric degree, Dr. Joseph also has expertise in psychological therapies like Eye Movement Desensitisation, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Social Learning Theory, Systemic Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

‘I am indeed very fortunate to be able to work in a field that gives me so much satisfaction; the human mind is both, fascinating and powerful. The more skilled I have become the more I have realised how important it is to pass these skills on to my patients so that they can be empowered to be the architects of their own destiny. I feel very passionately about this and therefore use my expertise to offer personalised treatment plans for each person I see.’

Dr Anupama Iyer
Expertise: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Dr Anupama Iyer is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in this field. She undertook her dual training in Learning Disabilities and Child Psychiatry in the UK and has since then worked in various inpatient settings and is currently the Medical Director at an independent hospital under the Priory-PiC group of hospitals. She has expertise in assessment and diagnosis of various neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD, ASD and Tourette’s Syndrome and is trained in the use of specialist diagnostic instruments like the DISCO. She has also trained as an Expert Witness for court.

‘I have undertaken dual training in Learning Disabilities and Child Psychiatry to be able to work with young people with developmental disorders who have been both my area of expertise and my passion. I have felt privileged in working with young people and their families at improving the quality of life and optimising the potential of young people at a very malleable time in their lives. I believe that the delivery of flexible, person centred and evidence based therapies influences positively the trajectories of young lives.’

Dr Suma Ujrebail
Expertise: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Psychotic Disorders

Dr. Ujrebail was appointed as an NHS Consultant in 2014 having developed and commenced the CAMHS for children and adolescents with learning disability in Walsall. She has a wide range of clinical experience in assessment and treatment of Children & young people with emotional problems of varied complexity using evidence based psychological treatments including CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic interventions and pharmacological treatments. Apart from being a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, she has a PG diploma in psychological medicine from Cardiff University.

‘I enjoy Child psychiatry; and am passionate about tackling emotional problems early to help our children achieve their potential whilst enjoying their childhood. I always take a child centred approach with respect for patients’ and parents’ values and opinions. This has been the key factor in my successful rapport and a good therapeutic relationship with my patients. I believe in a holistic approach and therefore use evidence based interventions working closely with parents, schools, GPs and paediatricians as appropriate to achieve the best outcome for the child.’

Older Adult Psychiatry
Dr Tarun Kuruvilla
Expertise: Older Age Psychiatry

Dr Kuruvilla is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in memory assessments, early diagnosis and early intervention for Dementia. He has a special interest in brain scans with access to the latest scanning technology such as 3 Tesla (high resolution) MRI and PET (both glucose and amyloid) scans which facilitate ruling out or the very early diagnosis of Dementia. He is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) as a Principal Investigator for several clinical trials for newer treatments for Dementia and is joint clinical lead for Division 4 of the NIHR: West of England Clinical Research Network. He also does medico-legal reports having extensive experience in mental capacity assessments such as capacity to appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), capacity to manage finances, Court of Protection reports, capacity to make a Will, etc.

‘As we get older it is common to get age-related memory problems. However, advancing age is also the biggest risk factor for developing a Dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, if you are experiencing memory problems it is worthwhile getting a comprehensive assessment because if it does turn out to be Alzheimer’s disease, the prognosis is good if we catch it early and there are treatments that can slow it down. My life mission is to dispel the stigma and fears around Alzheimer’s disease because if diagnosed early it is seen a chronic disease condition rather than as a life limiting condition and with the appropriate treatment and support one can have a good quality of life and continue to live in one’s own home.’

Dr Kavita Das
Expertise: Older Age Psychiatry

Dr Das is a Consultant Psychiatrist, with more than ten years of experience in assessing and treating the full range of mental health problems & psychological issues. She is a specialist in Old Age Psychiatry. She currently works in NHS and Private sector.

Dr Das has special interest in treating memory problems (Adult of all ages), Alcohol & Substance Misuse in Older People and Physical & Mental Health issues in Older People with forensic history. She also assists and reports on medico-legal issues in old age; Consent& Capacity assessments, Certificates of Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Testamentary Capacity.

“What an absorbing Speciality! I have enjoyed the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of ageing. To consolidate my interests in inter-disciplinary perspective of ageing, including the implications of ageing on wider health, social and policy processes, I have completed my Masters (MSc) in Gerontology from Kings College London. My original piece of research was in Older People & Offending.

I am a firm believer in “prevention of diseases and maintaining health”. I enjoy integrating evidence based knowledge and skills of “Ayurveda Nutrition & Lifestyle Practices” in day today clinical practice.”

Learn more about Dr Das at her website.

Forensic Psychiatry & Medico-legal
Dr Alfred White
Expertise: Neuropsychiatry, Liaison Psychiatry, Occupational Health, Brain Injury

Dr. Alfred White undertook his senior training in Birmingham and obtained his MD in 1981. He was appointed an NHS Consultant in 1978 and started the Liaison psychiatry unit at University Hospital, Birmingham. He acts as a Medical Advisor for the General Medical Council and has been an Examiner and now is a Royal College of Psychiatrists assessor. His other interests include Liaison Psychiatry, especially head injury and medical negligence. Dr White also has extensive experience in the medico-legal field and has a large practice. He enjoys assisting with civil cases.

‘I love psychiatry — it is all so interesting! I particularly enjoy the interface between medicine/surgery and psychiatric conditions. My main research project (MD thesis) was on burns and other trauma. Currently I have a weekly psychiatric Occupational Health Clinic, see patients at the Brain injury Rehabilitation Unit and am involved in the live donor transplantation service. I see medico-legal cases with trauma, medical negligence and employment being my special interests’.

Dr Chinwe Obinwa
Expertise: Forensic Psychiatry

Dr Obinwa has practiced psychiatry since 2000 and forensic psychiatry since 2007. She has experience in the management of psychiatric patients within the three levels of secure hospital settings including the community and different categories of prison settings. She has experience in the management of both male and female patients in forensic psychiatric settings. Dr Obinwa leads multidisciplinary teams providing a comprehensive treatment programme for mentally disordered offenders; this includes assessment, treatment in hospital, rehabilitation and on-going community care.

Over the last seven years, she has developed experience in medico-legal work and most of her medico-legal work is in relation to criminal matters. In addition, she has some experience in giving evidence in court and Dr Obinwa regularly prepares psychiatric reports and gives evidence in First Tier Tribunal Hearings (Mental Health).

Dr Laurie Durand
Expertise: General Adult Psychiatry with special interest in Learning Disabilities

Dr Durand is an experienced psychiatrist with dual qualification in law. She specialises in medico-legal practice and frequently acts as a Joint Expert in the Courts. She has been in medico-legal practice since 2002. Her areas of special interest include Factitious Disorders and Child Protection issues, but she is able to assist with a wide range of medico-legal issues.

“I really enjoy medico-legal work and the interface with the legal system. Cases are always unique and often challenging. I find it rewarding to assist clients and the Courts from a professional perspective.”

Psychology
Dr Beena Parmar
Expertise: Working Age Adults with complex longstanding difficulties

Dr Beena Parmar obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Universities of Coventry and Warwick in 2010. Her work has included work with children and adults. She has extensive experience working with adults who have complex mental health difficulties including personality disorders. She has a particular interest in early attachment, personality difficulties and obsessive compulsive disorder. She has a strong interest in offering Compassion Focussed Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.

 

‘I have  a passion for applying psychological principles to help those experiencing distress or difficulties associated with mental health problems, I strongly believe in a considered, compassionate and sae environment that supports individuals to make the necessary changes, to ultimately empower themselves and work through their concerns. I utilise a number of psychological models and seek to use an approach that is most suitable to an individual client’s needs and concerns.’

Dr Karen Barton
Expertise: Adolescents, Adults, Psychosis and Bipolar disorder, Neuropsychological assessment incl. Dementia

Dr Karen Barton is a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with British Psychological Society and Health Care Professions Council. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with people with a wide range of psychological difficulties. For 10 years, Karen helped people manage the complexities of psychosis and bipolar disorder, co-authoring a number of books on the subject. More recently she has worked to assist people struggling with neuropsychological changes; including head injury and neurodegenerative difficulties such as dementia and stroke. She is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practionner. Both can be useful in helping develop a compassionate understanding of any psychological experience, including those in which people are left feeling anxious or depressed. Karen has developed a successful independent practice over the last 10 years specialising in assessment and treatment of complex psychological trauma.

Dr Judith Holden
Expertise: Working age adults and adolescents

Dr Judith Holden obtained an MSc in Forensic Psychology before going on to complete her Clinical Psychology doctoral training in Birmingham in 2003. Her work has spanned primary, secondary and tertiary specialist care services and she has particular interests in complex trauma, attachment and personality issues.

‘My commitment to providing a safe, trustworthy environment in which people can express and comprehend their difficulties and work towards personally meaningful change is key to my approach to psychological assessment and therapy. I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches yet this relationship is crucial to the effectiveness of all of them. A respectful approach, aiming to understand the individual in the context of their lives is also important in my work within the Family Justice system.’

Psychological Therapists
Ms Amelia Sommers
Expertise: Dance Movement Therapy

Amelia Sommers obtained her Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in 2014. Since then she has worked nationally and internationally with a wide range of client groups such as; trauma, addictions and terminal illness, with clients ranging from birth to the elderly. Her specialist interest is to use the arts to restore a sense of hope and freedom to vulnerable women who have been exposed to domestic violence and or sexual exploitation.

‘I love seeing individuals discover their creativity and potential through the arts. In my approach I draw from a variety of theories and art forms to initiate connections between the mind and the body. This can be a powerful tool to access thoughts, feelings and emotions and then learn from them in a holistic way’.

Ms Bilquees Kamal
Expertise: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness

Bilquees is an experienced CBT therapist and Special Education Needs Teacher, with a Masters degree in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and a PGCE in Special Educational Needs within the Further Education Sector. She has extensive experience within the NHS /IAPT service as a High Intensity CBT Practitioner as well as within the private sector and education.

‘I am confident I can provide excellent counseling support to clients with a wide range of emotional health difficulties (including OCD, depression, panic and PTSD), as well as family / marriage problems or stress / anger management. I personally believe in reaching out to the community and providing holistic, person centered CBT therapy that motivates people to resolve their difficulties and teaches life changing skills and techniques. I am also and be able to conduct therapy in Hindi and Urdu and am culturally sensitivity to clients specific needs. The experience of therapy with myself will be confidential, professional, challenging, enjoyable and memorable — with significant positive change.’