Children’s Mental Health

Lubna M.Dar

BA, MA. CPsychol

Member of BPS and HCPC

Lubna is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, with 20 years of experience specialising in the field of eating disorders at the Maudsley Hospital and in private practice in North West London. Also qualified in Family therapy at Kings College London and Institute of Psychiatry.

As a senior member of the internationally renowned teaching hospital, Lubna has taken the lead in developing and delivering family and individual based treatment programmes.

She provides clinical expertise in assessing and providing specialised and tailored treatment packages for clients experiencing a range of mental health issues such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. She has taken key roles in strategy and development of treatment for eating disorders within the NHS as recommended by NICE guidelines.

Her particular areas of expertise include:

Working with adults and young people covering the full spectrum of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating,
  • Disordered eating
  • Dietetic advice
  • Working with and through family units
  • Group therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Pregnancy and post natal care
  • Offering consultation and supervision to other health professionals
  • Working with schools
  • Teaching

Contact Details:


Dr Carolyn Webber

BSc, MSc, DClinPsyc

Dr Webber specialises in psychology and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

Her areas of expertise are:

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Children age 0 to 11 years
  • Depression
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
Emma Cohn for Chase lodge Hospital - Mill Hill, North West London NW7 2ED

Emma Cohn

Emma Cohn is an experienced drama therapist and has been responsible for training in this field.

Most recently Emma has devised and facilitated courses for young people in emotional literacy, stress management, parenting and childcare.

Emma currently works in child bereavement delivering workshops and counselling as well as works with children who are experiencing the following:

  • Low self esteem
  • Confidence building
  • Communication difficulties
  • Managing and understanding emotions
  • Relationship struggles
  • Fears, worries and stress.

Emma holds a qualification in drama and movement therapy and is registered with the Health Professions Council.

Creative therapy 4 kids – Creative therapy sessions for children

Children communicate their thoughts and feelings more naturally through play than they do through verbal communication.Creative therapy combines a variety of art mediums and imaginative play to help children explore their feelings and difficulties and to identify solutions which will help them feel better about themselves. Creative therapy is a proven method for supporting children; enabling them to communicate and manage feelings, increase self-esteem, awareness and social skills as well as support the development of their emotional intelligence.Creative therapy can help children with worries, stress, low self-esteem or a lack of confidence, as well as children who are experiencing friendship difficulties, a bereavement or family breakdown. It can also help children who may be finding it difficult to control and cope with their emotions.

Find out more about Creative therapy 4 kids here.

Find out more about Emma here.

Karen Millett for Chase lodge Hospital - Mill Hill, North West London NW7 2ED

Karen Millett

BA MSc CPsychol

Karen qualified as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London in 1989. She has worked as Principal Clinical Psychologist at Barnet Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service since 1999.

Her particular areas of interest are:

  • helping parents manage and understand their child’s behaviour
  • using CBT in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, OCD, low self esteem and depression in children and young people
  • working with feeding, toileting or sleeping problems in the under 5 age group
  • helping young people coming to terms with parental separation, divorce and bereavement.
  • assessment and management of ASD and ADHD
  • behavioural and emotional difficulties

Karen also works as part of the butterfly clinic, a multi disciplinary team that can work together meeting the needs of the child and family.

Dr Gabrielle Highman for Chase lodge Hospital - Mill Hill, North West London NW7 2ED

Dr Gabrielle Highman

(Clinical Psychologist) DClinPsych; DipSystPr

Gabrielle is a a chartered clinical psychologist who has been working with people suffering from problems like yours for over 10 years. She works in an NHS in-patient adolescent unit with young people and their families, and privately with children, young people and adults.

As a clinical psychologist she has studied a variety of psychological therapies such as behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic (family) therapy, EMDR and psychodynamic therapy.  This enables her to match which therapeutic approach is best suited to both the problems that clients are struggling with and the clients themselves.

Special interests:

Children and young people: She has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents between the ages of 8-18.

Adults: She has an interest in working with adults suffering from anxiety and/or depression.

She is experienced in working with young people and adults suffering from an eating disorder but do this alongside other professionals, particularly their GP.

Contact details:

Call Chase Lodge and speak to Katie Shaw (020 8358 7128) or email Gabrielle directly on


Dr Ilan Joffe for Chase lodge Hospital - Mill Hill, North West London NW7 2ED

Dr Ilan Joffe


Dr Ilan Joffe (MBBCh, MRCPsych) has been practising as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist since 2004. He currently works as a CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) consultant for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where he was the Lead Consultant for CAMHS from 2007-2009.

Originally from Johannesburg, he completed his General Psychiatry training on the Charing Cross Training Scheme in London and his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training on the Royal London & Great Ormond Street Hospital Training Scheme.

Dr Joffe has experience across the whole range of Child & Adolescent mental health problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other neuro-developmental conditions, emotional problems (depression, anxiety disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and eating disorders.

Dr Joffe is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act, has Approved Clinician registration, and is on the Specialist Register.

As well as his clinic work, Dr Joffe acts as an Educational and Clinical Supervisor for trainees in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He also teaches at the University of Hertfordshire and on AMPH training courses.

Dr Joffe has research experience in the field of the treatment of adolescent depression (linked to the Tavistock Clinic, London) and has had a number of publications arising out of that research.

Dr Joffe works in collaboration with other mental health professionals including clinical and educational psychologists, child & adolescent psychotherapists, and family therapists.

Following an initial assessment usually involving the young person and his/her parent/s, Dr Joffe will advise on an appropriate management/ treatment plan, and provide on-going treatment as required.

GMC registration number: 4297646

Royal College of Psychiatrists membership number: 14383

To make an appointment or to discuss a referral, please contact Dr Joffe’s secretary Naomi on:

Telephone: 07722 454388



Dr Sharon Taylor for Chase lodge Hospital - Mill Hill, North West London NW7 2ED

Dr Sharon Taylor


Dr Taylor is an enthusiastic therapist and educator and has been employed as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist within the NHS since 2005 working across the range of child mental health problems. Her NHS practice is at St Mary’s Hospital, London, working at the interface between paediatrics and child mental health. Prior to becoming a child psychiatrist, Sharon completed qualifications in paediatrics.

Over the years Dr Taylor has also completed training in family therapy at the Tavistock Clinic and post graduate training in education, she has developed special interests in anxiety disorder, somatisation disorders (children expressing their distress through bodily symptoms e.g. recurrent abdominal pain), autistic spectrum disorders, children coping with the distress of physical health problems and difficulties of early childhood.

Dr Taylor is also actively involved in training both medical students and postgraduate training in the specialist field of child psychiatry.

Additionally, Dr Taylor has authored over 20 publications, as books, chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals in the field of paediatrics and child psychiatry.

In 2015 Dr Taylor was elected Vice-chair for Paediatric liaison network of RCPsych:(international group supporting NHS liaison child psychiatrists.

Current Appointments

Since 2005 – Consultant in Paediatric Liaison in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, St Mary’s Hospital and Honorary Clinical Lecturer Imperial College London.

Since 2010 – Joint Trainee Programme Director St Mary’s higher trainees in Adolescent and Child Psychiatry & Educational supervisor to higher trainees.

Since 2013 Personal tutor for 30 medical students at Imperial College School of Medicine

Awards & Qualifications

2015 awarded a fellowship of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) for contributions to CAMHS.

2015 Awarded President’s medal for outstanding contribution to Pastoral Care 2015 at Imperial College London

2014 NHS teaching excellence award: Personal Tutor Award 2014

2010  Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory–Distinction (Tavistock)

2007  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (ref no: 28240)

2005  GMC Specialist Registration for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Number: 3664258

2004  CASLAT (Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching) – an accredited, modular postgraduate qualification at Imperial College.

2001    Mental Health Act Section 12 approval. Renewal 2014

2000 – MRCPsych

1996 – MRCP (Lon)

1992 – MBBS

1989 – BSc (Hons) in Psychology – Class 2.1