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Dr Az Hakeem
Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry & Medical Psychotherapy / Service Line Lead for Psychotherapy
Dr Az Hakeem

Dr Az Hakeem

Dr Az Hakeem is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at Universal College London (UCL) Medical School. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a Professional Patron, Founder and Trustee for The Shaw Mind Foundation, a Mental Health Charity whose aim is to raise awareness and reduce stigma in relation to Mental Health.

He is one of the small number who has trained as both a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Consultant Psychotherapist, and prior to working in the private sector he worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, within central London, teaching hospitals affiliated to UCL.

With his rare dual training, Dr Az Hakeem offers assessments and treatment as a Psychiatrist or Psychotherapist or a combined approach (Medical Psychotherapy). He is based at The Priory Hospital Roehampton where he offers outpatient consultations, day treatment or inpatient treatment if needed and also has an out-patient clinics in Central London at 10 Harley Street and at Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.

As well as the specialising in the areas outlined below Dr Hakeem also specialises in sex and gender issues. 

Position at Priory

  • Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry & Medical Psychotherapy since 2013
  • Service Line Lead for Psychotherapy since 2015
  • Professional Patron, Founder and Trustee, The Shaw Mind Foundation (Mental Health Charity)
  • Honorary Clinical Associate Professor UCL Medical School


  • Dr Hakeem was born in North Wales and educated at Rydal School before studying Medicine at University College London. He completed House Officer posts in Medicine and Surgery at London and Glasgow teaching hospitals. He also completed Senior House Officer training in Psychiatry on the Royal Free Hospital training scheme and gained membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Dr Hakeem completed Higher Specialist Training in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at The Tavistock and Portman Clinics alongside a Kleinian full training analysis.
  • Following his individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy training he then trained as a Group Analyst at The Institute of Group Analysis, London (IGA) and completed an MSc in Group Analysis at Birkbeck University for which he was awarded a distinction.
  • Dr Az Hakeem worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist  in General Psychiatry & Psychotherapy at Camden & Islington and in Forensic Psychotherapy at The Portman Clinic where he worked for 12 years until 2012.
  • During 2012 he completed a one year sabbatical in Sydney, Australia where he was also a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. 
  • In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to Psychiatry Dr Az Hakeem was awarded Fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists. 
  • After over 15 years working in the NHS, Dr Hakeem now works exclusively in the private sector. He is a Staff Consultant at The Priory Hospital Roehampton.
  • In 2017 Dr Az Hakeem became part of The Shaw Mind Foundation for whom he is a Professional Patron, Founder and Trustee. The Shaw Mind Foundation is an exciting mental health charity working synergistically with schools and workplaces along with other existing mental health charities to increase awareness and reduce stigma in relation to mental health.

Research interests

  • Dr Az Hakeem has conducted research in a number of areas and is considered a world expert in the specialist application of psychotherapy for conditions relating to gender and sexuality. He has previously been a Clinical Lecturer with The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and in 2012 along with his research team devised the GPSQ, an outcome measure for use in Gender Dysphoria assessment and treatment.
  • He continues to engage in research and publications with colleagues involved in research in a number of different centres worldwide.
  • Dr Az Hakeem is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL Medical School

Clinical articles and research papers

Dr Az Hakeem has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist for the media working both on-screen and off-screen for a number of TV programmes in both the UK and Australia and has been the on-screen weekly Resident Psychiatrist  for GMTV, Big Brother On The Couch, Wife Swap The Aftermath, and in Australia on Weekend Sunrise .

He has previously had a monthly column in Red Magazine and has authored several papers in peer reviewed publications, in addition to publishing his book TRANS: Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria in 2018.


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  • Welsh

I specialise in ascertaining which specific type of therapy would be useful for a particular patient, given their presenting difficulties and their particular mindset and personality, and linking them with therapists who are able to provide the right type of therapy and who are likely to be a good therapeutic fit; hence yield effective results whilst overseeing any pharmacological treatments which may be helpful alongside.

I offer treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions, and i'm recognised by all the major private health insurance companies.

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Adjustment Disorder
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Alzheimer's Disease
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Asperger Syndrome
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Autism and Learning Disability NHS Service
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Bipolar Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
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CAMHS Eating Disorders
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Cannabis Addiction
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Cocaine Addiction
Conduct Disorder
Depression in Seniors
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Drug Rehabilitation
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Eating Disorders
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Exercise Addiction
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Gender Dysphoria
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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Oppositional Defiance Disorder
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Parkinson's Disease
Perinatal Depression
Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders
Pick's Disease
Plastic Surgery Addiction
Porn Addiction
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Psychiatric Intensive Care Units - (PICUs)
Psychoses (CAMHS)
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Relationship Problems
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Secondary Addiction Care
Secure Services
Selective Mutism
Self Harm
Sex and Love Addiction
Sexual Dysfunction
Shopping Addiction
Sleep Disorders (Insomnia)
Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD)
Spice Addiction
Stimulant Addiction
Tourette's Syndrome
Transcultural Mental Health Issues
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Traumatic Brain Injury
Treatment Resistant Depression
Uncommon disorders in the elderly
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Priory Connect
  • a. MBBS Medicine University College London
  • b. Royal Free Hospital Psychiatry Training Scheme
  • c. Specialist Registrar Training The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • d. Higher Training in Forensic Psychiatry (CCST)
  • e. Higher Training in Psychotherapy (CCST)
  • f. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training, The Tavistock Clinic
  • g. Forensic Psychotherapy Training, The Portman Clinic
  • h. Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) Training, The Anna Freud Centre
  • i. Advanced Mentalisation Based Therapy Training, The Ana Freud Centre
  • j. MSc Group Analysis (Distinction), Birkbeck University London
  • k. Group Analyst (M.Inst.GA) The Institute of Group Analysis
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