Psychiatry In LeedsPsychiatry is the medical practice concerned with the study of the mind and the way it affects behaviour and wellbeing.
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 & Depression
  • ADHD Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Autism Diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Medico-Legal Reports
  • Medico-Legal Reports for Asylum & Immigration
  • Mental Health in the Workplace – Specialist Occupational Psychiatry Assessments & Opinions for Employees and Employers
  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Specialist Occupational Reports

Psychiatrists

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drdavidprotheroe
drdavidprotheroe

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.


For enquiries or bookings please contact info@towerclinic.co.uk

anna-kucharska
anna-kucharska

Dr Anna Kucharska MD, MRCPsych equivalent, PhD

Consultant Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist, Specialist in ADHD/ASD Assessments, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Anna Kucharska is a Consultant in Child, Adolescent and Adult 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. She is also able to conduct Adult ADHD/ASD Assessments.

Dr Kucharska has responsibility for the assessment and treatment of children and adults 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, Adult ADHD/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.

Specialisms

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Fees
Initial Consultation Adult (60 minutes) £325.00
Follow up Consultation (60 minutes) £200.00
ADHD Adult Assessment (2 – 3 sessions). £1000 (initial consultation fee of £325.00 is paid in advance then the rest can be paid by instalments)
Adult Asperger’s Assessment (x 3 sessions) £1200
Adult ASD Assessment (x 3 appointments). £1000 (initial consultation fee of £325.00 paid in advance then the rest can be paid by instalments)

Initial Consultation Child (60 to 90 minutes) £350.00
Follow up Consultation (60 minutes) £200.00
ADHD Child Assessment (x 3 sessions). £1200 (initial consultation fee of £350.00 then the rest can be paid by instalments).

Bipolar Assessment £900.00
Report Writing e.g. employment £100.00 per hour
Ad-hoc Letters £20.00
Private Prescription £20.00

All consultations include a written report to your GP. Please request a copy of your report, should you wish to have one.

Referral Letters

Please obtain a GP referral where able but please note that this is not necessary for a self-referral.

Please complete the Tower Clinic online Referral Form – or Contact Us page – or email info@towerclinic.co.uk

drdavidprotheroe
drdavidprotheroe

Dr Maciej Danilewicz, MBBCh, PgDipCT(Oxon), PgDipPsych(Cardiff)

Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Helping adults and adults with learning disabilities remained the main area of professional focus of Dr Maciej Danilewicz for almost 15 years. His experience acquired through working in general adult psychiatry hospitals, addiction rehabilitation centres and forensic units (low, medium, and a high security) is combined with the Postgraduate Diplomas in Clinical Psychiatry (Cardiff University) and Cognitive Therapy awarded by the Oxford University.

Being dually qualified in Clinical Psychiatry and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy gives Dr Danilewicz detailed knowledge of pharmacological treatments and various modalities of psychotherapy that translate directly to a unique ability of creating tailored treatment plans and in some cases not necessarily involving treatment with medications.

Dr Danilewicz is an expert panel member at Myogenes, a pioneer in providing pharmacogenomic testing (also known as personalised medicine) in the United Kingdom. Treating psychiatric disorders using personalised medicine accelerates effectiveness of therapy and mitigates some of the medication related side-effects. DNA testing enables practitioner to achieve 80% accuracy in the choice of psychiatric medication.

Specialisms:

  • Adult psychiatry
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Medico-legal Reports
  • Personalised medicine (pharmacogenomic testing)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Recognition, management and treatment of substance misuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Structured assessments

  • International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE)
  • Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)
drdavidprotheroe
drdavidprotheroe

Dr Miz Abbas MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Abbas is a medical doctor specialising in Psychiatry. She trained in Medicine at St Bartholomew’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, qualifying in 2006. She trained in psychiatry in London, Leicester and Leeds. She has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2011. She became a consultant psychiatrist in 2015.
Dr Abbas works as a NHS Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at St James University Hospital in Leeds. Her main interests and experience are in assessing and managing patients who present in mental health crisis both in community and hospital settings. In addition, her work includes managing patients with a combination of physical and psychiatric difficulties.

Dr Abbas sees patients aged 18 to 65 years. She has specific clinical expertise in depression, mood disorders, anxiety, disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders. She also has a special interest in mental health in the workplace and offers specialist occupational psychiatry assessments and opinions for employees and employers on a range of work-related matters.

Dr Abbas offers:

  • Psychiatric assessment and diagnostic clarity for individual self-referrals, private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
  • Bespoke treatment plan (including advice and recommendations for medication and psychological therapy if required)
  • Specialist occupational psychiatry reports
  • Medico-Legal reports for Asylum and Immigration and Employment Law
  • Other medico-legal and specialist psychiatric reports
drdavidprotheroe
drdavidprotheroe

Dr Amir Sajjadi

Dr Sajjadi is a Medical Doctor and has been working in the NHS for the past 14 years and as an NHS consultant for over 6 years. He holds a Medical Doctorate (MD), a Master’s of Medical Science in Psychiatry (MMSc), and is a member of Royal College of Psychiatrist (MRCPsych). He is also an Approved Clinician and is recognised under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act as having specific expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.

Dr Sajjadi has been assessing and treating NHS patients with memory problems for over 10 years. Dr Sajjadi has first hand experience of being a caregiver for a family member with Dementia. He developed special interest in memory problems. His works and research have been mainly focussed on delay and prevention of memory problems. His desertion was a systematic review on vitamins and cognitive functioning. He has been co-author of books and has publications in peer reviewed journals on the specific topics of delay and prevention of memory problems. i.e. “B vitamins and dementia”, “Lifestyle Change and the Prevention of Cognitive Decline and Dementia“ and “Recent developments in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”.

Many older adults worry about their memory, but few consult their doctors. According to the latest research, there are 12 modifiable risk factors which can prevent or delay up to 40% of dementias. Many of memory problems can occur in middle age people. Early investigation and treatment can reduce the chance of developing Dementia in older age. It is never too early or too late in life, to prevent or delay dementia. Interventions should be individualised and consider the person as a whole, as well as their family carers. It is possible to identify your risk factors – many of which are under your control – and advice how to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The sooner you start the better, because the subtlest cognitive decline can start 40 years before a diagnosis – but it is never too late. By measuring your cognitive function now, you can track improvement as you make positive changes.

Dr Sajjadi’s main clinical interests are:

  • Prevention and delay of memory problems
  • Dementia (Alzheimer, Vascular, Mixed)
  • Psychiatrist reports, Capacity assessment and lasting power of attorney
  • Anxiety, OCD, phobia, and stress-related disorders
  • Depression and bipolar disorder

Dr Sajjadi communicates in English and Farsi (Persian)


Psychiatric Nutrition

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drdavidprotheroe
drdavidprotheroe

Dr Sara Pugh

Hello, I’m Dr Sara Pugh and I help people improve their mental and metabolic health using psychiatric nutrition.

“A powerful way to change your hormones or brain chemistry is through food, because that’s what they get made from in the first place”

I help you discover the connection between your mental or physical symptoms and your diet, and to give you the information and inspiration you need to take control of your health.

I did my specialist AAFP accredited medical ketogenic diet and nutrition for mental health training with Dr Georgia Ede MD in the USA. Dr Ede is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist specialising in nutritional and metabolic psychiatry and insulin resistance.

WHY is your body malfunctioning?

WHAT is on offer beyond medications or operations to help restore it to good health?

HOW do some people easily lose weight, overcome mental health problems or reduce/pain inflammation on certain diets?

WHICH hormone or chemical imbalances can lead to weight gain, pain or depression, even when you eat ‘healthy’?

If you have a persistent health problem, the first place to look is your diet and supplements, in detail.

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these, please in touch to see if I can help

  • Are you struggling with brain fog, depression, anxiety, bi-polar, anger or irritability?
  • Do you struggle with your weight, food addiction, bulimia or binge eating?
  • Are you disillusioned or confused about current medical and nutritional advice?
  • Are you on medication you feel is doing you no good or causing weight gain?
  • Do you have/are worried about developing diabetes or dementia?
  • Are you following a way of eating but not getting the health benefits you expected or are experiencing unusual symptoms?
  • Are you interested in a medical low carb, medical ketogenic diet or elimination diet but want to be guided?
  • Do you have another medical condition that you feel your diet or supplements might not be helping or even making it worse?

I am able to construct a way of eating for you to help you achieve your goals as well as take into account any psychiatric, blood pressure or diabetes medicines you might take. Some people find they need to reduce or discontinue their medicines after changing their diets.

I am not a medical Dr so you need to speak to your prescriber about your medication.

My background is biochemistry, my PhD was in molecular mechanisms and I have also been a hypnotherapist since 2012. I know that mental health and food are sensitive topics so I can help you on the emotional front too.

To find out more or book please visit
https://sarapughleeds.co.uk/mental-health-diet/Or call 07765662579

Reviews

“Sara Pugh has been one of the top biochemists and therapists to help me through recovering from chronic anxiety and depression. She has helped me understand why my previous ADHD medications may have caused my condition to worsen over the years.

Her abundant knowledge about the body and mind has been life changing and has helped me to finally find my peace in the middle of the storm! I would highly recommend her services to anyone going through any mental health condition”.
Louisa Kyriacou

I cannot recommend Sara highly enough for advice and support on the keto diet and different types of fasting. As a life long calorie counter and a member of Slimming World for many years, I struggled to get below a certain weight. Feeling demoralised, I decided to take a totally different approach and asked Sara for a consultation and ongoing support.
Sara was with me every step of the way. Her qualifications and knowledge were particularly important, as I knew her advice was based on her in-depth understanding of the ketogenic lifestyle.

Sara provides a personalised consultancy, depending on individual needs, rather than a standard programme.

I now have the skills and confidence to maintain weight loss and enjoy my food so much more. Thanks so much Sara.

Gill Wyatt


MEMORY CLINICS AT THE TOWER CLINIC

Many older adults worry about their memory, but few consult their doctors. According to the latest research (the lancet 2020 report), there are 12 modifiable risk factors which can prevent or delay up to 40% of dementias. Many of memory problems can occur in middle-aged people. Early investigation and treatment can reduce the chance of developing Dementia in older age. It is never too early or too late in life, to prevent or delay dementia. Interventions should be individualised and consider the person as a whole, as well as their family carers. It is possible to identify your risk factors – many of which are under your control – and advice how to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The sooner you start the better, because the subtlest cognitive decline can start 40 years before a diagnosis – but it is never too late. By measuring your cognitive function now, you can track improvement as you make positive changes.

Although when someone is diagnosed with Dementia, there is no cure for dementia, early treatment can significantly reduce the rate of progress of the condition. A study by the Alzheimer’s Society has shown that more than half of people wait for up to a year before getting help for dementia symptoms, because they feel afraid. But an accurate and early diagnosis can have many benefits.

Tower Clinic Memory Clinics provides early dementia detection for anyone who is displaying signs of dementia, or memory problems and can start them on treatment as soon as possible. Upon receiving your query, you will be contacted to check if you would benefit from a private memory assessment. If this service is felt to be beneficial, you will receive further information about the process. You will then be seen (video consultation, or face to face at Tower Clinic) by an experienced Specialist Doctor who will take a full history and perform a comprehensive memory assessment. Following the initial assessment, and depending on findings of this assessment, you may need to have a dementia screening blood test and CT, or MRI head scan which can be arranged via your GP, or privately by us, this would help exclude other causes to memory difficulties. The second appointment with the Specialist Doctor would be to discuss the outcome of your tests, making a diagnosis, start a treatment plan and signposting to post diagnostic help and supports. If you start taking medication the follow up can be arranged either via your GP, or through our service.

If you would like further information – please complete the Referral Form, or the ‘contact us’ page.

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