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Dr Natasha Bijlani
Consultant Psychiatrist - Adult

Dr Natasha Bijlani

Dr Natasha Bijlani is a general adult psychiatrist, who can treat patients between the ages of 18 to 65 years.

Dr Bijlani has been based at Priory Hospital Roehampton as a self-employed private psychiatrist since 2006 and also offers consultations in Central London near Sloane Square.

In September 2018, Dr Bijlani was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) as a mark of distinction and in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to the core purpose of the Royal College of Psychiatrists throughout her career.

She has over 30 years’ experience in treating adults with mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions such as alcohol and recreational drug dependence, bipolar affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, relationship issues and stress, as well as stress due to employment issues. 

Dr Bijlani has a particular interest in women’s mental health issues and pregnancy-related mood disorders such as postnatal depression, anxiety and psychosis.

She has an interest in public education and promoting good mental health to help reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric illness. She makes regular contributions in the media and presentations to general practitioners and other medical colleagues on a range of mental health subjects.

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Dr Bijlani was previously Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS for Wandsworth ACT Team, St. George's Hospital, Tooting, London between 2003 and 2006 and prior to that was Specialist Registrar for Eating Disorders, General Adult Psychiatry, Women's Service and Mother and Baby unit at Springfield University Hospital, Tooting. She was also the editor of the Women in Psychiatry Special Interest Group (WIPSIG) Newsletter of The Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2003 to 2009.

Dr Bijlani obtained her medical qualification at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London in 1987 and continued to train in psychiatry at St. Bartholomew’s to obtain membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1993.

Following completion of senior psychiatric training at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, London, Dr Bijlani worked as a consultant psychiatrist for a specialist psychiatric team (in assertive community treatment) from 2003 until 2006. Here, Dr Bijlani was responsible for the care of patients with longstanding and complicated mental disorders.

Training and NHS roles include:

  • ACT
  • General adult psychiatry
  • Women’s service
  • Eating disorders

Administrative and management experience includes:

  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council (Registration number 3254266)
  • Executive Committee member of Women in Psychiatry Special Group (WIPSIG), Royal College of Psychiatrists (resigned in autumn 2009)
  • Editor of Women in Psychiatry Special Interest Group Newsletter (June 2003- February 2009)
  • Life member of the British Indian Psychiatric Association (BIPA)
  • Co-clinical Tutor at Priory Hospital Roehampton for medical students from UCL and Royal Free Hospitals from 2007-2015
  • In the academic year of 2007-8, Dr Bijlani  was commended as being “a particularly helpful or inspiring tutor” by medical students
  • Member of Independent Doctors Federation 2011 onwards
  • Member of Chelsea Clinical Society 2016 onwards
  • Clinical Lead, Therapy Services at The Priory Hospital Roehampton from 2011-2015
  • Clinical Lead, Private Acute Services at The Priory Hospital Roehampton from 2015-2017
  • Medical Scrutiny of Mental Health Act forms for all inpatients admitted to The Hospital Roehampton from 2017 onwards

Research interests

  • M. White, N. Bijlani, R. Bale and T. Burns, (2000) Impact of Counsellors in primary care on referrals to secondary mental health services, Psychiatric Bulletin, 24, 418-420.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists, OP66, Mentoring and Coaching, Nov 2008 (co-authored with Drs Rosalind Ramsay and Alan Swann).
  • Pulse Clinical “Insomnia” by Dr Julian Spinks, 23 Feb 2011, pg 17-18.
  • N. Bijlani (2013) Sleep, tiredness, lack of energy: heart sink symptoms, Clinical Focus Primary Care Volume 7, issue 1: 51-60.
  • I have been a regular contributor to the newsletter published by The Women in Psychiatry Group (WIPSIG) of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Clinical articles and published papers:

Languages

  • English
  • Fluent Hindi
  • Basic Urdu
  • Basic Sindhi

Most patients I see invariably get referred for psychological therapy so that they can learn to use skills to help them overcome their current difficulties or past trauma, as well as gain additional ways of dealing with future circumstances that could prove troublesome. I refer to a variety of psychotherapists to help you with this task and therapy can include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), supportive counselling, anxiety management techniques and relaxation training amongst others. Family and couple/relationship therapy can also be arranged if required. In addition to individual therapy, I am able to refer patients to attend a selection of psychological group therapies as a day patient at Priory Hospital Roehampton.

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