Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist with over 12 years of experience, and I offer private appointments in central London and online. I provide a specialised intervention combining approaches from psychiatry and psychotherapy.

My Approach

I am dual-trained as a General Adult Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist, in addition, I am an experienced researcher currently finishing my PhD.

I believe that experiencing difficulties is part of a personal journey and that a crisis is always an opportunity to understand, to progress and to improve. My approach is centered on trust, empathy and a partnership with my patients and I believe that a therapeutic relationship is essential for this.

I don’t base my approach on diagnostic labels. Instead, I have found it more helpful to focus on the actual specific symptoms and difficulties that my patients experience.

I take the view that there is no barrier between “normal” and “pathology” but, rather, there is a continuum between the two.

My training as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist allows me to combine my skills as a medical doctor with those of a Psychotherapist. Very few psychiatrists in the UK hold these both qualifications.

More about My Approach

Often, as part of a crisis, trying to understand what is behind the symptoms that someone experiences is very important, as this “insight” can have therapeutic value on its own. A person may sometimes experience a very stressful period of crisis that can be resolved with a short and comprehensive intervention that may not require further input. In this regard I offer a therapeutic intervention:

Brief Psychodynamic Intervention (BPI)

It consists of a very brief course of 4-sessions. The formulation and framework are based on the psychoanalytic theory. The Brief Psychodynamic Intervention was developed in the French part of Switzerland, where I trained.

The main objectives of the BPI are to develop an optimal plan to resolve the patient's crisis situation through the use of an initial dynamic interpretation and its working through.

It has the advantage of allowing me, as the therapist, to assess the motivation of my patient and the need for further longer-term psychotherapeutic and/or psychiatric treatment. It also helps develop a therapeutic alliance and refine the diagnostic assessment.

At the end of the intervention, I share my diagnostic formulation and we discuss potential further treatment options will take place.

Sometimes, these four sessions are enough to help resolve a crisis. In some instances, I may have a discussion to explain that it would be more appropriate to carry out a longer-term plan involving regular sessions for a period of time.

If needed, during the BPI it is possible to use pharmacological treatment (medication) if this is necessary or helpful. Naturally, I will discuss this option with you (generally at the end of the fourth session) to see how you feel about it.

You can find more information about the Brief Psychodynamic Intervention here.

About me

I completed my Medical Studies at the University of Seville (Spain), Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Florence (Italy).

I completed my training in Psychiatry and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland, in 2016.

I currently work as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS South London and Maudsley as well as a Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, alongside my private practice.

I am on the Specialist Register of the GMC as a General Adult Psychiatrist with a licence to practice as a Consultant Psychiatrist. I am Section 12 Approved under the Mental Health Act in England and I am an associate member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

My Research

I completed my thesis at the University of Lausanne in 2015. I am currently completing my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Neurology & Neuroscience in London, where I also currently work part-time.

My research is on the links between stress, trauma and mental health. Particularly, I focus on the understanding of the mechanisms linking such experiences and severe mental conditions, in order to improve treatment.

I have published over 25 scientific articles; some have been featured in the most prestigious journals, such as PNAS or Schizophrenia Bulletin. In addition, I have also been awarded important distinctions for my research, such as “Research Prize”, given to the best paper of the year in Biological correlated awarded by the European Psychiatric Association in 2019 or the “Prix de la Faculté” given to the best thesis of the year by Lausanne University in 2015.

To view my research work, please visit:
Research of Luis Alameda

Services

- Comprehensive assessment for Psychosis or Schizophrenia
- Comprehensive assessment for Bipolar Disorder
- Psychiatric assessment and diagnosis
- Prescribing of medication when appropriate
- Bespoke treatment plan including medication and/or referral to psychological therapy if required
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Second opinion consultation (2 hours recommended)
- Psychoeducation
- Brief Psychodynamic Intervention

Languages

English, French and Spanish

Conditions I treat

- Bipolar Disorder
- Depression and Dysthymia
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Insomnia and other sleeping disorders
- Social Anxiety & Social Phobia
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders (including Borderline, Narcissistic and Emotionally Unstable)
- Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Psychosis, Schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorder

If you don’t fit into any of these categories but you feel you need help, please get in touch and we can explore what may be the best option for you.

As mentioned above, I prefer to focus on specific symptoms that an individual may be experiencing, rather than on diagnostic labels.

If you feel you are going through a breakdown, suffer with anxiety, fears or ruminations; if you experience flash-backs from past difficult life events or sleep disturbances; also if you have persistent low mood or if you think you present some paranoia or other perceptual abnormalities, feel free to contact me and we will discuss the best alternatives for you.

If you are a family member who is concerned about a loved one, please do reach out as I can often provide advice and guidance as to how you can help support your loved one through a difficult period, as well as providing support to you. If you think an intervention may be needed, please do contact me and I will see how I may be able to assist.

Fees

Initial one hour consultation £395
45 min follow up £330
30 min follow up £220

Longer appointments are available. Please contact my office for further information.

Bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders assessments. Please contact my office for further information.

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