Dr. Teizeem Dhanji

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Joint Lead, Eating Disorder Service

Dr. Teizeem Dhanji

My experience of working with individuals and their families gives me a greater understanding that mental health difficulties affect all systems around the individual. I am particularly passionate about the systemic and cultural aspects of managing Eating Disorders. I therefore work holistically and am an advocate for early intervention and treatment.

As a systemically trained Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, with specialist experience in Eating Disorders, my passion lies in working with individuals, their families and networks, to improve psychological, physical and social wellbeing. I believe all young people should have access to treatment early and close to their homes, to achieve the best outcomes.

I have extensive experience managing depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and young people. 

I obtained my Medical degree in the UK, and then went on to complete my Core Psychiatry & Specialist Child and Adolescent training at the renowned Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. My training and clinical experiences have enabled me to adopt a psychiatric, psychodynamic and systemic approach to the assessment and management of patients.

Working as a Child Psychiatrist in a multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Service within a prestigious hospital in London (UK), involved providing outpatient care, paediatric and psychiatric inpatient support, as well as working with day patients requiring intensive eating disorder treatment. I have also worked as the Joint Lead in the Eating Disorder service at Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi (2020-2021) and so have an appreciation for mental health difficulties in the UAE and cultural differences.

In my spare time, I have conducted programmes within my community and in orphanages abroad, teaching Mental Health First Aid, raising mental health awareness and tackling stigma. Having worked in Abu Dhabi for one year, I am looking forward to bringing my clinical experience, knowledge and passion for treating childhood mental illness and Eating Disorders to Dubai. In particular, I am excited to be co-developing a Specialist Eating Disorder service, such that patients no longer need to travel away from home for their treatment.

Expertise

  • Eating Disorders, including feeding disorders in children and adolescents
  • Mood disorders including anxiety and depression
  • OCD
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and ADHD
  • Other mental health disorders in
    childhood and adolescence
  • Systemic Family therapy

 

Qualifications & Memberships

  • University of Leicester, MBChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, 2008
  • GMC Full Registration (2009), Specialist Register in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2017)
  • MRCPsych and Certificate of Completion of training (CCT) 2017, Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2016)
  • Psychodynamic framework of working with people with Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2016)
  • Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FT-AN), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2021)
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder training, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2021)
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England (2021)

Services

Psychiatry
Psychiatry
Psychiatry

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Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders (Children)
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Eating Disorders (Schools)
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Eating Disorders (Schools)

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