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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 Rashi Negi
Expertise: Older Age Psychiatry

Dr Rashi Negi has a wealth of experience and skill in assessment and management of patients with psychiatric disorders in older adults. Her special interest is in neurodegenerative conditions like dementia and related disorder. She also has a keen interest in clinical research, holds honorary status as research fellow with Keele University and also is a regional lead in ‘dementia and neurodegenerative conditions’ for clinical research network (NIHR). She also is a clinical fellow, teaching medical students, with Keele medical school.

“What I like about my specialty is the interface between physical and mental illnesses and how these both affect each other. This gives me an opportunity to care for my patients more holistically and comprehensively. I passionately support the campaign against the stigma of mental illness and sincerely hope that with our effort in this direction, there will be better assessments and treatments for these conditions.”

 

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 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 Nick Zygouris
Expertise: Psychology, CBT

Dr Nick is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer at London South Bank University. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He has over 15 years of experience working as a Psychologist in Mental Health Care.

Dr Nick offers diagnostic and psychological assessment for a wide range of psychological conditions. Therapy is tailor-made and takes into account your individual preferences, needs, and lifestyle. Drawing from his extensive training, he uses a range of established treatments, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He utilises current psychological research coupled with established psychological theories in all aspects of his practice including medicolegal reports and his role as an Expert Witness. Dr Nick specialises in working with people who have been unsuccessful and disillusioned with past therapy experiences. He trains Clinical Psychologists and oversees the clinical practice of other mental health professionals.

Ms Yvonne Drew
Expertise: CBT: Especially with anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, stress, addiction, eating disorders, bereavement, relationship problems, anger.

Yvonne Drew is a dedicated psychological therapist benefitting from knowledge skills and experience gained from working within mental health and substance misuse services. Yvonne specialises in the assessment and treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, health anxiety, generalised anxiety, low self esteem, stress, addiction, eating disorders, bereavement, relationship problems and anger. Yvonne is qualified in providing evidenced based psychological interventions which include Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).

“Positive psychological health and wellbeing are important at every stage in life. The benefits of good psychological health are wide ranging and significant to work, study, leisure and relationships. I am passionate about helping people to enhance their psychological health as I believe that everyone deserves, and therefore should have, the opportunity to reach their full potential across all areas of life”

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.’

Administration
Saba Saaed
Expertise: Office Manager

Saba joined the Oaktree team in September 2017. In the time since, she has overseen many changes to the office and its various systems. Though Oaktree is in a permanent state of growth, Saba has managed to stay a-float and calm under pressure. Her friendly manner, problem solving skills and firm grasp on her working environment has made her an essential part of the Oaktree team.

Amber Bashir
Expertise: Reception

The newest member of the Oaktree team, Amber’s the cheerful warm voice you are most likely to hear when you call into Oaktree. If you are not quite sure about something, Amber will be able to answer any of your queries. Oaktree knows that mental health assessments can be scary, but Amber will make you feel at ease with a smile and a cup of tea.

Ashley Robak
Expertise: Administration, Social Media

Ashley joined the clinic in June 2016. He spends his time alternating between general office correspondence and growing our burgeoning social media presence. If you heard about Oaktree via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it is most likely Ashley’s fault.

Varun Deshpande
Expertise: rTMS Technician

If you have decided to go down the Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic stimulation route, you are most likely going to encounter Varun. He will be able to guide you through your treatment, answer any of your questions, and keep you at ease.