Dr Teizeem Dhanji
Dr Teizeem Dhanji
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Joint lead Eating Disorder Service
Having graduated from the University of Leicester Medical school in 2008 and moving to London to complete her Core Psychiatric training, Dr Dhanji MB ChB MRCPsych PGDip, obtained her Specialist Child and Adolescent training at the renowned Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Her training and clinical experiences have enabled her to adopt both a psychiatric and psychodynamic approach to the assessment and management of patients, and she continues to hold membership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Dhanji went on to work as a Consultant in a multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Service within the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. This included providing outpatient care, paediatric and psychiatric inpatient support, as well as working with day patients requiring intensive eating disorder support. She has worked closely with medical colleagues to ensure the physical safety of patients and developed pathways to support the management of eating disorders in Emergency and Paediatric care.
Dr Dhanji also has extensive experience managing co-morbidities such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr Dhanji is a keen teacher having completed an intensive programme in the Neuropsychology of Learning. She has used her skills to raise awareness and educate medical and general practitioner colleagues, schools and parents on eating disorders. She is an advocate for early intervention and treatment.
Having completed a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations’, Dr Dhanji has vast experience working systemically with individuals and an understanding that mental health effects not only the individual but their families, education, employment and other relationships. She is particularly interested in the systemic and cultural aspects of developing, maintaining and managing eating disorders.
In addition, Dr Dhanji has training in the ‘psychodynamic framework of working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia’, as well as family-based approaches to eating disorders (Maudsley approach). This is an important aspect of managing the complexities around eating disorders and its psychopathology.
In her spare time, Dr Dhanji has conducted programmes within her community and in orphanages abroad, teaching mental health first aid, raising mental health awareness and tackling stigma. She is looking forward to bringing her clinical experience, knowledge and passion for treating childhood mental illness and eating disorders to Maudsley Heath Abu Dhabi.