Dr Collins takes referrals from medical colleagues, including GPs and specialists, therapists and counsellors, and, in some cases, self-referrals. It is worth noting that some private medical insurers insist on a medical referral in order to cover a claim. All potential referrals will be screened initially by Lesley Kendrick, in consultation with Dr Collins, to check whether they are appropriate for what he can offer.

As a psychiatrist, Dr Collins will in principle see anyone aged 18 or over with a problem in the general area of mental health for a preliminary assessment. Using conventional medical terms, these might include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders:
    • Generalised Anxiety
    • Panic Attacks
    • Social Anxiety
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Somatisation Disorders (where there is a mix of physical and psychological symptoms)
  •  Addictions (chemical and behavioural)


Conditions which are better addressed by colleagues with a specialist interest in that particular area include:


  • Eating Disorders
  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Old Age Psychiatry (eg Dementia assessment)


Please note that Dr Collins does not do medico-legal work.