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Dr Murali Sekar
Lead Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders

Dr Murali Sekar

Dr Murali Sekar is a consultant psychiatrist, looking after inpatients at Priory Hospital Chelmsford’s Eating Disorders Unit (Springfield Ward). He also runs an outpatient clinic for patients with eating disorders.

Murali currently also works in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist in a community-based eating disorders service. This gives him wide range of experience in helping patients to recover in the community and also in an inpatient setting.

Since commencing his consultant career in 2010, Dr Sekar has always worked in eating disorders. He has participated in research programmes in this area and published articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr Sekar has co-authored a book in the field of eating disorders, which is about the medical aspects and the treatment of these conditions.


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1998)
  • Diploma in Psychological Medicine (2000)
  • Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (2006)
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy ( 2010)

Research interests

Currently working on the concept of Anorexia Nervosa as an anxiety disorder. Has published research articles and authored a book titled: Symptoms, investigations and treatment in Eating Disorders

I take a biopsychosocial approach in helping patients to manage their eating disorders. This is reflecting the onset and maintenance of eating disorders which usually involve all these aspects. My training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and interpersonal therapy help me to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients with eating disorders. I strongly believe in a collaborative approach and invite input from family if the patient is agreeing.

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  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Psychological Medicine
  • Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists
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