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.
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:
- 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
- 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:
- Women’s Hour – BBC Radio 4 – Stigma of depression (Jenni Murray) June 2003.
- LBC News Radio, Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show, Seasonal Affective Disorder – Sept 2007.
- ‘Update’ (Journal for GPs) “Depression & Bipolar Disorder – Expert answers to burning questions” – August 2007, pgs 9-11.
- Daily Mirror “Beating Addiction – Why we get hooked on drugs”, Judy Yorke – 4 Sept 2007, pg 34.
- The Independent, “Winter may herald SAD epidemic for millions”, Emily Dugan – 17 Sept 2007, pg 21.
- Daily Mail “After that soggiest of summers, the winter of discontent”, David Derbyshire, 18 Sept 2007, pg 24.
- The Daily Telegraph, Features section, “A sinister web of sex and perfection”, Judith Woods, 21 Sept 2007, pg 24.
- Daily Mail ‘The SAD truth about those winter blues” Rachel Ellis, 25 Sept 2007, pg 49.
- First (magazine), “Cocaine is my secret pleasure – Fact file” by Dr Natasha Bijlani, 24 Sept 2007, pg 33-34.
- Closer (magazine), “I hope my darling wife Joanne is at peace with Natasha” (Natasha Coombs suicide), 29 Sept – 5 Oct 2007, pg 22-23.
- Glamour (magazine) “What every woman should know about antidepressants”, Hannah Ebelthite, Jan 2008, pg 111-120.
- Edge – From the Institute of Leadership and Management (magazine), “All work and no play”, Steve Coomber, Dec/Jan 2007-08, pg 20-25. (I provided an expert opinion on page 25).
- Zest (magazine), “Five early warning signs”, Feb 2008, pg 50-51.
- Men’s Health (magazine), “Joy Provision”, March 2008, pg 66-67.
- The Mail on Sunday, You magazine, “Things you don’t know about ……… Rehab”, Judith Woods, 30 March 2008, pg 23.
- easy living (magazine), October 2009, pg 75, “Therapists on the Couch – the depression doctor” (A profile of my work as a psychiatrist).
- Best (magazine), “Young, gorgeous and plastic….” 27 Sept 2011, pg 26-27.
- BBC News Website, “Does too little sunlight give us all the winter blues?” Philippa Roxby, 12 November 2011.
- “Community Channel” TV interview on eating disorders and body image issues in men, broadcast on 30.01.2012.
- Beat the NEW* Blues....( that’s our never ending winter) by Susannah Butter. Evening Standard 25 March 2013.
- Sky News Sunrise, guest appearance for interview with Eammon Holmes on SAD, 26 March 2013.
- How dangerous are study drugs, really? We ask the experts by Lucy Miller 09th May 2014 14:54:34.
- Tesco Living; “How to beat insomnia” .
- Daily Mirror, “Why the bikini is not just for the itsy-bitsy” Siobhan McNally, 19 Aug 2014, pg 34.
- Mother and Baby magazine, Oct 2014, Becky Howard, Bump and Birth Antenatal Care, pg 36.
- BBC Focus Science and Technology magazine, Issue 275, December 2014, How to beat the winter blues.
- Lilian Anekwe, pg 57-60.
- The Times, “How to cope when Christmas isn’t so perfect” by Anna Maxted, Saturday December 20 2014.
- Radio interview; BBC Midlands, Sunny and Shay Grewal show, 7 January 2015 on how to cope with a new relationship following bereavement.
- The Independent (Saturday magazine) “The Conversation” by Oscar Quinne- an interview about me and my work, 14 Feb 2015.
- The Guardian newspaper , “ Teetotaller numbers rise in UK with one in five adults not drinking” by Amelia Hill, 13 Feb 2015.
- The Express, “Older and wiser? A personal insight into ‘new later motherhood” by Kate Baily, 10 May 2015.
- Capital Radio news bulletin Dr Bijlani commenting on the potential dangers of sexting and cyber bullying, Monday 11 May 2015.
- The Times, “Teenage sexting could lead to depression in later life” by Rosemary Bennett, Monday 11 May 2015.
- BBC News website, Depression risk to sexting children, warns psychiatrist, Monday 11 May 2015.
- The Daily Mail, Sexting and online bullying is fuelling teenage depression by Sophie Borland – 11 May 2015.
- Channel 5 News 6.30pm Interview by Matt Spencer on Possible mental health effects of sexting and bullying, 11 May 2015.
- The Daily Mail, “Why are so many young women taking heart pills to calm their nerves? Beta blockers can reduce anxiety for extreme worriers” by Antonia Hoyle, 9 November 2015.
- Natural Health Magazine “The Talking Cure” 1 January 2016.
- ES magazine (Evening Standard) “Where the rich go to dry out” by Charlotte Edwardes, 21 Jan 2016.
- The Sunday Times, Focus “Keeping up with the Kollapsing Kardashians” by Leaf Arbuthnot, 13 March 2016, page 22.
- The Priory Hospitals website, March 2016.
- The Independent, “Why relationships are important to your wellbeing” by Kashmira Gander, 17 May 2016.
- NHVoice “Nurture relationships as they are vital for our wellbeing” by Emma Tiller, 17 May 2016.
- Counsel and Heal Mental Health, “Relationships Key to Your Sanity: How People Around You Affect Your Mental Well-Being” by Brian McNeill 18 May 2016.
- The Telegraph, “Three common menopause myths debunked” by Claire Fox, 25 July 2016.
- The Telegraph, “Advice to help clear the menopause fog” (Advertisement feature Vichy Neovadiol) by Claire Fox, 25 July 2016.
- The Telegraph, “Advice for managing menopause in the workplace” (Advertisement feature Vichy Neovadiol) 1 August 2016.
- Yahoo Style, “Are you ever too old to become a mum?” by Claire Dorking, 13 October 2016.
- The Daily Express and Sunday Express, “Perfect peace: The top tips to avoid a stressful Christmas” by Sarah Ewing, 20 November 2016.
- Stylist magazine, “How to keep the peace and avoid a family bust-up this Christmas” by Amy Lewis, 5 December 2016.
- The Daily Mail online, “Awkward menopause side-effect that no one talks about: One in five women see their cup size increase- often dramatically. And it can be so painful they resort to surgery” by Eimer O’hagan, 11 January 2017.
- Yahoo Style UK “The rise of the sixty-plus birth club” by Marie Claire Dorking, January 19, 2017.
- Huffington Post, “Time For A Reality Check On Reality TV Shows” by Dr Natasha Bijlani, 20/07/2017 17:08
- Netdoctor, “What it’s like to have anxiety when you’re pregnant” by Sarah Graham, 5 September 2017, http://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/body/health/a12182611/anxiety-during-pregnancy/ 6 September 2017 https://ph.news.yahoo.com/apos-anxiety-pregnant-104705278.html
- International Business Times, “Know somebody with a mental health illness? Here's what not to say to them over Christmas”, by Ruchira Sharma, 15 December 2017.
- Metro Lifestyle “Why living by the sea is good for your mental health” 20th January 2018.
- Prima “4 reasons why living by the sea is the best for your mental health” by Katie Avis-Riordan, 23 January 2018
- Metro “Having trouble sleeping? Dry January could be giving you insomnia” by Sirena Bergman, 23 January 2018
- London Evening Standard and yahoo.com “How to help someone who is suffering from an eating disorder” by Alice Howarth , 25 February 2018, and https://uk.news.yahoo.com/help-someone-suffering-eating-disorder-112624022.html
- Xpose.ie “Eating Disorders Awareness Week: 7 tips from a psychiatrist for those in recovery” Press Association 26 February 2018, and https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/eating-disorders-awareness-week-7-tips-from-a-psychiatrist-for-those-in-recovery-829909.html
- Families Penines Issue 43 March/April 2018 “Postnatal depression and anxiety in new parents”.
- Huffington Post, “Is Your Sleep Tracker Ruining Your Sleep? What To Do About 'Orthosomnia” by Natasha Hinde, 29 March 2018.
- Shevolution UK “How To Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder And How To Handle It”, by Sharn Rayment, April 13, 2018.
- The Times, “Rich, hooked: Matthew Mellon’s world” by Helen Rumbelow, 18 April 2018.
- The Ambient, “How to build the ultimate night time routine with smart home tech; The tech that could help you get a better night’s sleep” by Becca Caddy, 25 April 2018.
- Bustle, “When you see a doctor about depression, here’s what to expect”, by Charlotte Pasha, 2 June 2018
- Bustle, “You should never ask a woman when she’s having kids including Meghan Markle”, by Charlotte Pasha 6 June 2018.
- Click.booking.com, “Prioritising staff welfare in hospitality” by Lottie Goss, 12 June 2018.
- The Sleep Council, “The relationship between alcohol and sleep” by Dr Natasha Bijlani, 26 July 2018,
- The Mirror, “Love Island's Megan shockingly claims plastic surgery is 'just like getting your hair done' ” by Amanda Killelea and Kelly Allen, 2 August 2018.
- Yahoo Style UK, “The rise of the 50-plus motherhood club” by Marie Claire Dorking, 21 August 2018.
- netdoctor “ Mental health checklist: 6 things to make you feel better instantly” by Rhalou Allerhand, 10 October 2018: “The psychology behind our obsession with house plants” 17 October 2018.
- Huffington Post “Looking after your mental health over the Christmas period” 27 November 2018.
- The Independent, “How to help someone suffering from a mental health issue this Christmas”, By Sabrina Barr, 18 December 2019.
- BBC Radio Oxford, 18 December 2018, interviewed by David Prever, re: How to cope with stress around Christmas
- Huffington Post “What Christmas Is Like With Depression: 'I Just Want To Stay Home And Sleep', Tips for surviving the festive season from those who've been there”, by Natasha Hinde 19 December 2019.
- Metro “What’s it like to live with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression” by Eleanor Segall, 10 Jan 2019.
- Huffington Post The Blog “Six things to know about supporting a loved one with an eating disorder” by Dr Natasha Bijlani, 13 Feb 2019.
- Patient.info “Why anxiety at night can feel so intense” by Lydia Smith, 18 February 2019.
- The Guardian “Say goodbye to sad- simple steps to reverse winter woes” by Dr Natasha Bijlani, 26 February 2019.
- Sunday Telegraph, Stella magazine, “Are you a midlife Instagram Addict?” 5 May 2019.
- Men's Health UK “Stress: spotting the signs and symptoms and ways to treat it” by Annie Hayes, 20 May 2019.
- netdoctor “How to mend a broken heart: the 6 stages of heartbreak recovery” by Anna Bonet , 5 July 2019.
- The Guardian “Mid-year burnout: does it exist or are we all just permanently tired?” by Elle Hunt, 15 July 2019.
- Fluent Hindi
- Basic Urdu
- Basic Sindhi
- Addiction Treatment
- Adjustment Disorder
- Amphetamine Addiction
- Anger Management
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Cannabis Addiction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Cocaine Addiction
- Drug Induced Psychosis
- Eating Disorders
- Ecstasy / MDMA Addiction
- Exercise Addiction
- Food Addiction
- Gambling Addiction
- Gaming Addiction
- Heroin Addiction
- Internet Addiction
- Ketamine Addiction
- Mental Health Treatment
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)
- Panic Attack Treatment
- Plastic Surgery Addiction
- Porn Addiction
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Self Harm
- Sex and Love Addiction
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Shopping Addiction
- Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD)
- Spice Addiction
- Stimulant Addiction
- Treatment Resistant Depression
- Work Addiction
- Approved Clinician Status renewed
- CCST date (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training)
- MBBS, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London
- Section 12(2) approved