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TEAM

DR FAREEHA AMBER SADIQ

Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist

Pronouns: She/Her

"I believe in a person centered, integrated and compassionate approach towards mental health. This means providing holistic assessment and treatment, and understanding the needs of the young person and families to help guide the best interventions. From my experience, young people can thrive, improve their lives and shine their light when given effective understanding, tools and strategies."

ASSESSMENTS AND TOOLS

  • General Psychiatric Assessment and Management.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Assessments.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

  • Psychoeducation regarding common and complex mental health presentations.

  • Family and parenting work.

  • Prescribing of medication (ideally used in addition to other psychotherapeutic interventions).

QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • MBChB, University of Glasgow

  • MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • Specialist Register and Certificate Complate Training (CCT), General Medical Council

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Therapy - Merit, Tavistock Centre

  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

  • Quality Improvement Facilitator (NELFT)

  • Member of Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

  • Member of Expert Reference Group (ERG) www.stayingsafe.net

EXPERTISE

I work with a range of issues including:

  • Adjustment to difficult situations

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Gender Identity

  • Impact of Trauma

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Looked After Children

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Psychotic Symptoms

  • Relationship Issues

I am also known as Dr Amber to young people and families I work with. I have been privilieged to work within mental healthcare services for almost twenty years. My approach is warm, empathic and as an experienced Child and Family Psychiatrist I utilise a range of approaches in the assessment and management of common and complex mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions. I feel proud to work both in the National Health Service in North East London as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Associate Medical Director at North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and within the private sector.

 

In my work, I balance my medical experience and knowledge with a caring and holistic approach when completing assessments, formulations and management plans. I have experience of engaging young people from different backgrounds and aim to work closely with families, refererrers and colleagues whenever possible. Management plans are created collaboratively with the young person and family. I will prescribe medication if this is indicated and will address other factors including sleep, diet, lifestyle, screen time and physical activity which can all impact on mental health. I am always curious about the young person and the family's strengths and how we can help to improve this as we work together.

I am a systemically trained psychiatrist which means I aim to understand the various factors contributing towards a young person's difficulties. Over the years, I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, hospital padiatriatric, intellectual disability, neurodevelopmental, eating disorder and substance misuse settings. I see and welcome patients from a range of a social and cultural backgrounds. I have always been fascinated in the interplay of the mind and the body as mental health symptoms affect the whole person.

My medical studies were completed in the University of Glasgow. I became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007. General Psychiatric training was completed on the Royal Free Hospital rotation in London followed by further training in Paediatric Psychiatry in the Tavistock Clinic.

I work as a clinical supervisor, writer, educator and have been awarded with recognition for my undergraduate teaching to medical students at University College London (UCL). Over the past decade, I have been involved with international health projects, public mental health and integrative mental health initiatives.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to Spotify, walking and modern art.