Dr Abrar Hussain is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry (interface between psychological and physical health).
His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, traumatic stress, personality disorders, functional neurological disorders and psychosomatic disorders. He runs a specialist service in the NHS for functional neurological disorders.
He completed his medical training in 2003 in Chennai, India as a gold medallist and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry in London. He was awarded membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. He is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register. He has been the recipient of several Clinical Excellence Awards recognising his clinical expertise and contribution towards the delivery of safe high-quality care.
Dr Hussain believes in a holistic approach using a combination of pharmacological and psychological interventions. He is Accredited in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a type of collaborative therapy based on exploring relationship patterns. He is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful approach for traumatic memories.
Dr Hussain has published his work in scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. He has delivered oral and poster presentations and won prizes for his work. He is invited on a regular basis to deliver talks to clinicians and trainees.
Apart from his clinical work, he is actively involved in a number of other areas. He is a qualified mentor and is active in clinical teaching. He provides post graduate training to psychiatrists taking the Royal College of Psychiatrists examination and is the Course Director for a London based MRCPsych CASC course.
His research portfolio includes the national multi-centre CODES trial for dissociative seizures where he was a Principal Investigator.
He is trained in Quality Improvement processes and is an Accredited ‘Green Belt’ Practitioner. Dr Hussain supports the charity FND Hope UK and is a member of its Medical Expert Committee.
Dr Hussain practices patient centred care and believes in supporting patients in a holistic manner seeing every clinical interaction as an opportunity to deliver excellent care and make a real difference.
Since my first patient encounter in 1998 as a medical student, I have been curious about how much variation there is in the experience of distress, physical or psychological.
Medical textbooks help to define the typical (and sometimes atypical) symptoms and signs of a medical condition and the clinical experience formed over years of training helps to understand how conditions manifest and present. Through my career, I have learnt the importance of remaining open and curious.
Over the years, I have refined my clinical skills and formed my own way of conducting patient consultations, one that is holistic and patient centred.
I am interested in the person behind the patient and in the meaning behind the symptom.
From experience, I have come to realise that time spent listening with an open mind is as powerful as any other clinical intervention. Time is therapeutic.
I have formed the view that diagnostic labels have a very important place in treatment but can also sometimes miss the bigger picture.
The primary motivation that drives me is seeing patients make a good clinical recovery. This is a unique journey for each patient and my role in the recovery is to offer support, motivation and consistency.
You can expect me to be empathic and reflective. I will invest time in understanding what is going on for you and I will share my thoughts with you openly and honestly. I appreciate that talking about your difficulties can be daunting and I will support you in the process.
There is no shame in seeking help for mental health. We are all potentially vulnerable at some point in our lives. No one is immune. Mental illness does not discriminate and no one should suffer in silence.
I hope this helps you to take the first step.
I am an independent practitioner and over the years have collaborated with a number of colleagues who share my passion to deliver high quality care. I believe that collaboration and team working create synergy and momentum.
Dr Amber Johnston
Healthy Mind Psychology
Dr Amber Johnston is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Healthy Mind Psychology Ltd. This private psychology practice consists of Dr Johnston and associates and specialises in an array of clinical needs. After Dr Johnston received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in D.C., she pursued advanced training in both mental health conditions and clinical neuropsychology. Now focused on combining her understanding of neuropsychology and neuroanatomy with emotion regulation to help clients develop a scientific understanding of their emotional struggles, which often involve physical health symptoms naturally. Dr Johnston treats the psychological management of a broad range of health conditions, such as chronic pain conditions, health anxiety, functional neurological symptoms, medically unexplained symptoms, and general mental health struggles. Using tools from empirically-supported treatments such a psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, DBT, and mindfulness-based therapies, Dr Johnston personalises her treatment approach to the client’s specific needs, including close communication with other medical consultants, as appropriate.
Dr Deepak Ravindran
Consultant in Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine
Berkshire Pain Clinic
Dr Deepak Ravindran has 20 years of experience in helping people overcome their pain – in the NHS and private practice. He is one of the few consultants in the UK who possesses dual certification in musculoskeletal medicine and pain medicine. He has been a consultant in pain medicine for the last 10 years in one of the biggest district general medical sectors, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. He is currently the clinical lead for the specialist pain services for all of West Berkshire since 2015. He is on a mission to interrogate the myths and flesh out theories of pain management. He is passionate about adopting a trauma-informed approach to healing pain. Chronic pain especially requires an approach that is not just about medications, injections, and surgery but also supporting health in its entirety—fully integrating self-management alongside expert support care when needed in a preventative approach. The work that Dr Deepak Ravindran performs in his clinical life as a doctor, educator, and speaker—is to raise awareness, empower patients and provide new solutions that enhance lifestyle, well-being and health. His ground breaking book "The Pain Free Mindset" was published in 2021.
Psychodynamic and EMDR Psychotherapist
Still The Hunger
Beverley Hutton is the Clinical Director and Founder of Still The Hunger. She is a UKCP registered psychodynamic and EMDR psychotherapist with several years' experience in senior NHS healthcare management. Beverley has a particular interest and experience working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and trauma, body image disorders and chronic pain management. She is a co-facilitator of weekly therapy groups and monthly Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) groups. Still The Hunger provides a variety of psychological therapy options including psychodynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, CBT and EMDR. They work with Complex trauma and Dissociative Disorders including DID, PTSD, Chronic Pain, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Eating Disorders, Self harm, Depression and Anxiety. They also work in association with the BDD Foundation running a free monthly support group for people with difficulties around body image and skin picking. Members are able to access 24/7 support through their confidential on-line groups.
EMDR Europe Trainer, Consultant and Supervisor
Counselling Psychology Solutions
Simon Proudlock is the Director and Head of Practice at Counselling Psychology Solutions. He has extensive experience having studied and worked in both the UK and US. He was awarded the 2012 Practice Prize Award by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology for Distinctive Contribution to Counselling Psychology for work in Solution Focused Therapy. He is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as EMDR Europe Consultant, Supervisor and Facilitator. Simon works as Consultant Psychologist for Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust. He was instrumental in setting up Tapestry for Resource for Mental Health, the UK’s first Social Relationships Project for individuals recovering from a mental illness. He has previous experience of facilitating Reading’s Link Group supporting individuals with a personality disorder / complex needs for Berkshire Psychotherapy Services (NHS). He also has extensive experience of working with individuals with learning disabilities and mental health needs both in a residential and an employment / vocational setting.