Psychiatry In LeedsPsychiatry is the medical practice concerned with the study of the mind and the way it affects behaviour and wellbeing. A psychiatrist, a fully trained medical doctor, monitors illness on other physical conditions such as problems with the heart or high blood pressure.

As many mental illnesses or disorders can be effectively treated with specific drugs, much of the treatment may be based on medication management. Where medication alone is insufficient, a psychiatrist may suggest a combination of medication and psychotherapy or counselling to treat the mental illness.

Some of the more common psychiatric conditions include:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stuttering


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Gareth is an accredited specialist in adult and old age psychiatry and has held consultant and senior administrative posts in both the NHS and the private healthcare sectors. A law graduate with a diploma in occupational medicine, he now works in full time independent practice, providing occupational health assessments to a wide array of referring agencies and providing reports for courts and tribunals. He specializes in reports for personal injury, clinical negligence, employment tribunals and capacity assessments (including testamentary) and has a regular commitment with the multidisciplinary occupational health team at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He consults from The Tower Clinic in Leeds as well as Cleckheaton, Middlesbrough and Newcastle, occasionally seeing patients in London and Manchester.

All appointments are arranged through his PA, Jane on 01609 778730.


Dr David Protheroe MBChB, MMedSc, MD, MRCPsych

Dr. Protheroe qualified as a medical doctor in 1987 and has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in both the UK and Australia since 1998. He is accredited in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry; working in both the general hospital setting for the NHS and Yorkshire Private Psychiatry Clinics. He is also an accredited Practitioner in EMDR, a specialised form of psychotherapy that can be used successfully to reprocess traumatic memories.

Dr. Protheroe sees patients aged 18-70 years. He works with BUPA, AXA PPP and other major insurance companies and self-funding patients. He treats a wide range of conditions and psychological problems including different forms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological problems associated with physical illnesses and medically unexplained symptoms for example fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

If you wish to make an appointment with Dr Protheroe, please contact his secretary by email at


Dr Anna Kucharska MD, MRCPsych equivalent, PhD

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Anna Kucharska is a Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist currently working as part of a multidisciplinary team treating a wide range of mental health difficulties for pre-school and school age children. She has more than 20 years’ experience in practicing psychiatry.

Dr Kucharska has responsibility for the assessment and treatment of children with complex mental health problems, particularly specialising working with children with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Eating Disorders. She is trained in diagnosing Autistic Spectrum Disorders using the diagnostic tools ADI-R and ADOS, is a trainer in the Cygnet programme which delivers training for parents with children with ASD, and recently became medical appraiser.

Dr Kucharska has a warm and engaging manner and a wealth of experience and we are delighted to be working with her.


  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Childhood ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Medication reviews
  • Fears & Phobias
  • School Problems
  • School Exclusions & Expulsions
  • Self-harm


  • Associate Specialist RC Psych
  • PhD
  • GMC registration 4595363

Professional Registrations

  • British Medical Association
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Member of National Autistic Society (NAS)

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Family Therapy
  • Solution Focus Therapy

We offer a comprehensive assessment package designed to enable parents, carers, young people and other professionals to gain a better understanding of a child’s needs.

The child is central throughout the process and as such we endeavor to put their needs first.

Following the assessment and diagnosis where appropriate, a comprehensive report is compiled which includes advice and strategies pertinent to the child.

Our team comprises of highly experienced professionals including:

  • Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist

The comprehensive ASD assessment will include the following services:

  • Screening questionnaires will be sent to the family before the
    assessment is commenced
  • Families will attend an initial appointment with Dr Anna Kucharska Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in order to obtain both a medical and family history of the child.
  • This will take approximately 90 minutes and will determine if the child should have a full ASD assessment
  • A detailed early years developmental history will be conducted by will be conducted by Dr Anna Kucharska. This will take approximately 90 minutes.
  • An Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) will be performed by Dr Shripati Consultant Clinical Psychologist

A speech, language and social communication assessment will be administered by Annette Smith, Independent Speech and Language Therapist. The assessments are dependent upon the age of the child and include standardised tests, informal assessment and observation.

An Occupational Therapy assessment will be conducted by Jayne Murray, Occupational Therapist. This will include a
home and school visit assessing fine motor, sensory processing difficulties and access to childhood occupations.
Assessments often include joint professional working. This enables professionals to work together to formulate a professional opinion on a child’s strengths and areas of need as well as reducing
unnecessary assessments.

On completion of the assessment, a multi-disciplinary diagnostic decision will be made.

The child’s parents or carers will then attend an appointment where the outcome of the assessment is discussed with them and a comprehensive assessment report is provided.

Please note that a cognitive assessment is occasionally indicated and this can be arranged for an additional fee.
The cost of assessments start at £2500. Any follow up appointments will be charged separately.

If you wish to make an appointment with Dr Anna Kurcharska, call The Tower Clinic on 0113 2672067.


Dr Ankush Vidyarthi MBBS, DCP, MRCPsych

Dr Vidyarthi is a medical doctor specialising in Psychiatry. He completed his medical degree in 2001 and was elected as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2008.

Dr Vidyarthi sees patients aged 18 to 70 years.

He currently works as a NHS Consultant Psychiatrist at St James University Hospital in Leeds and also provides consultant input to the regional Chronic Fatigue service.

He completed his training in Psychiatry from Royal Free Hospital training scheme in London. He then completed higher specialist training in Psychiatry from Leeds, and was awarded CCT in General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. He has special interest in neurosciences and is the author of neurosciences resource for the masters in clinical psychiatry students. He has published five books for medical students including international best seller for PLAB exam.

His clinical expertise includes mood disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress, traumatic disorders, PTSD, medically unexplained symptoms, mental health consequence of physical illness, chronic fatigue.

To make an enquiry for an appointment please visit Website and complete the Enquiry Form.

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