Assessment and Diagnosis £300 up to 1h
At the time of your first appointment, please make sure you bring any relevant referral letter and medical report you have from your GP or other professionals in relation to your child.
You will receive a one-hour assessment with Dr. Porcari to establish a personalised care plan.
Adolescents and teenagers will be offered the option to be seen initially on their own if they wish to speak in confidence but if they prefer the session can be conducted from the beginning in the presence of the parents.
A full developmental and family history will be gathered alongside a discussion on the presenting problems.
As it is key to obtain information from both the child/young person and the carers, it is sometimes necessary to complete a full assessment over two sessions of one hour each. Therefore, depending on the complexity of the presentation of your child you might be asked to return for a second assessment session prior to a care plan being agreed.
Dr. Porcari's approach is multidisciplinary and sometimes she might liaise or recommend you other private professionals (i.e. Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians, Therapists, etc.) to complete specific aspects of the assessment.
A detailed report of the assessment and formulation plus prescription, where required, will be provided at the end of the assessment. Dr Porcari will share this report with your GP if you consent to this. It is advised that your GP is kept informed about all treatment you receive and will need a letter with details about treatment if he/she is to issue a prescription for you.
Occasionally, you might run out of medications prescribed by Dr. Porcari. If you cannot
get hold of your GP or your GP does not prescribe certain psychotropic medications,
Dr. Porcari is available to provide repeat prescriptions in these circumstances or in
between appointments. Please allow 48 hour notice.
Dr. Porcari will always provide you and your GP with a summary of your child needs following her assessment.
Other professional reports (i.e. school, social care, dvla, etc.) will be provided at an
Dr. Porcari has extensive experience in delivering trainings, lectures and teaching sessions to various group of professionals, charity and volunteer organisations interested in Child and Adolescent Mental health topics.
Please contact 0789 1608765 or 0798 325340 to discuss your requirements.
Dr. Porcari is able to offer medico-legal work as Expert Witness in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry providing robust Psychiatric Assessments and Psychiatric Reports with clear opinions and recommendations on matters like: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, historic Child Abuse , Psychiatric Injury: Depression, Anxiety, psychiatric injuries in clinical negligence, Family cases Parental Assessments, Contact / Custody cases, Munchausen & Munchausen by proxy.
Fees to be agreed with the appointing Solicitor depending on the work required.
Patients with Health Insurance
Dr. Porcari is a Healthcare Provider recognised by the following Health Insurances: Bupa, Aviva, AXA ppp, Pru Health, Healix, Simply Health, Cigna, WPA.
Before booking please make sure your insurer authorises the treatment for your child.
At the time of your booking you will be asked to provide the policy holder's name, policy number and authorisation number.
Your Health Insurance will pay directly for the treatment.
Once the assessment is completed you might be offered from then onward follow up appointments with Dr. Porcari.
Where there is no clear psychiatric diagnosis or need for psychotropic medications, Dr. Porcari will offer advice and psycho-education as necessary or might decide to refer your child to other professionals that can help (i.e. psychologists, psychotherapists, paediatricians, etc.)
Patients who require ongoing reviews, monitoring of progress and medications will be offered follow up appointments.
Dr. Porcari is also available for Skype Video consultations where appropriate, such as when there is no need for physical check and pharmachological prescreening and monitoring. The advantage of Skype is that these consultations do not depend on clinic availability, normally there is no waiting time for a Skype consultation with Dr. Porcari and if you wish you can have a slot the very next day. It also allows you and your child to have your session from the comfort of your home.
What you need to do if you wish to contact Dr. Porcari on Skype:
Dr. Porcari is available for Skype consultations Monday to Friday 6 pm to 9 pm
Occasionally you might want to consult Dr. Porcari on the phone to ask for advise, support or discuss any concern.
Dr. Porcari is available for telephone consultations between
5pm and 8 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday morning between 10 am and 1 pm.
Please note, all of the above services are also provided in Italian language if required
* Fees for self-paying patients must be paid at the time of booking, in advance of treatment by bank transfer or cheque.
Please contact 0798 325340 to arrange your payment.
The clinic reserves the right to cancel the appointment if the fee is not paid into the clinic account 72 hours before the
Child Psychiatrist in London
Call on: 07983 325340