Private Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assessments

Coronavirus Service Update: 

At these unprecedented times due to restrictions on travel, in the interest of reducing risks, we are offering Private Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assessments via secure video link. 

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We work with a number of health insurance providers and accept self-referrals from self-paying patients. 

During periods of receiving a high volume of referrals, we may not be in a position to accept some referrals especially cases requiring a multidisciplinary CAMHS team and we will advise you to seek appropriate services in the NHS. As our clinicians work part-time, we offer planned appointments only and are unable to offer urgent or emergency support/intervention in high-risk or crisis situations, these are best managed via local NHS emergency services.

First Step Clinics offer Private Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assessments in London. Alongside this, we support parents and families, and where treatment is started before age 18, we support young people as they transition to University or vocation. 

As an Independent Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provider, our consultant psychiatrists offer Diagnostic Assessments of children, teenagers and young adults. We cover conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Psychosis, Post Traumatic Stress amongst others. Where needed in our diagnostic process, we use scientifically validated standardised questionnaires and computerised tools such as the QB test for ADHD. We have pioneered the use of online outcome measures to help with diagnostic work as well as tracking clinical progress.  

We believe in empowering young people, parents and families in their journey to success and feel privileged to have supported many in taking their first step towards greater emotional wellbeing. 

We use Evidence-Based Treatments mandated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. We recommend a combination of psychological therapies and medication where appropriate. Our clinical grounding through our training background gives us a holistic approach and our recommendations for treatment include a pragmatic mix of approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Systemic Family Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.  

The First Step Clinics project is led by its founders, Dr. Manjiri Lele and Dr. Adhiraj Joglekar, both Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists with over 25 years of experience in Mental Health. The aim is to offer timely, effective Private Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assessments in London to children, adolescents, families and young adults.

Where required, we are able to recommend colleagues working across different clinics or clinical pathways, these are experienced consultants/clinicians with a minimum of five years working in senior positions in the NHS.