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I’ve been a consultant psychiatrist for over 10 years and during that time have been fortunate enough to work at some of the leading hospitals in London, both privately and within the NHS.

I’m experienced in treating a range of mental health conditions in adults and have close links with a wide group of accredited psychologists, therapists and other specialists to provide comprehensive, tailored treatment plans.

I’m approved by all major healthcare insurers (BUPA, AXA / PPP, Aviva, Cigna, BWI, Simplyhealth, PruHealth, WPA etc.).

GPs, occupational health physicians, employers, courts, solicitors and of course patients themselves can all make referrals.

I also work closely with high-profile London solicitors who often refer clients to me with the aim of avoiding divorce or moving towards a more amicable separation even in the absence of formal psychiatric/ psychological problems.


I have particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment (both medical and psychological) of many conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress - especially work / profile related
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • OCD
  • ADHD in adults
  • Relationship problems

And many others, especially where mental health conditions overlap with physical illnesses. I frequently provide second opinions about diagnosis or treatment plans and am able to treat patients sectioned under the Mental Heath Act.

I am a fully trained medical doctor, registered and licensed by the General Medical Council and Member of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I also have enhanced CRB/DBS clearance. I’m also approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 as having special expertise in the assessment of mental disorder. This means I can be the consultant for patients who are detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act, and am an 'Approved Clinician'.

I’m also trained and experienced in preparing detailed medical reports for solicitors and courts.

Where I work

I have previously held clinics at a number of world renowned central London private and NHS teaching hospitals. I am pleased to be a lead consultant in the new Schoen Clinic Chelsea.

Please see locations page for more details

Qualifications and Experience
Qualifications and experience

I trained as a medical doctor at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Imperial College, University of London and qualified as a medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) in 1996. I was awarded a further degree in psychology from University College London.

I gained a higher postgraduate qualification in general medicine (MRCP) before specialising in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London and gaining further specialist postgraduate qualifications (MRCPsych, PgDip(CBT)) at Kings College London. The Maudsley Hospital has been a centre of excellence in psychiatric training and research for almost a century and is the largest and most influential mental health establishment in Europe.

I have held a variety of posts and provided a wide range of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, and from medication to psychotherapy. I currently work as a consultant psychiatrist both privately and at central London NHS teaching hospitals.


1995: Psychology BSc (Hons) University College London
1996: MB BS St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, Imperial College, University of London
2002: Approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983
2003: British Association of Psychopharmacology Clinical Certificate
2006: Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Institute of Psychiatry, London
2007: Certificate of Specialist Training – general adult psychiatry with liaison psychiatry accreditation. Entry on GMC specialist register

Postgraduate training in psychiatry

1999 – 2007: Maudsley Hospital, London
1999 – 2007: Institute of Psychiatry, London
1999 – 2007: Kings College Hospital, London
2005 - 2006: Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
2006 – 2007: National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London
1999 – 2001: Royal Bethlem Hospital, London

1994: Additional psychiatry experience at Rozelle and Rivendell Hospitals, University of Sydney, Australia

Postgraduate training in general medicine

1997 – 1999: Royal Free Hospital, London
1996 – 1997: Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow
1997 - 1997: Ealing Hospital, London

Additional experience

Legal report writing: Bond Solon expert witness report writing training

Previous substantive NHS consultant post at Southwest London and St George's Trust (2007-2012).

Currently lead psychiatrist for mental health at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and honorary consultant psychiatrist at Central and North West London mental health NHS Trust.

I have also been very actively involved in research at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College London), leading to a number of publications in high-impact peer reviewed journals. These reflect my wide-ranging areas of expertise and interest from chronic fatigue, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia, to treatment trials and neuroimaging.

Research and Publications
Academic research

I became actively involved in psychiatric research at an early stage and had my first academic work published whilst still a medical student. My academic skills subsequently developed after being awarded the highly competitive Maudsley Hospital research post and since then my range of published research papers have encompassed obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, psychosis, neuroimaging and ADHD.

Selected publications

Anaesthetic techniques and considerations for bronchoscopy after lung transplantation: audit on patient satisfaction and experiences from a tertiary cardiothoracic and transplant centre.
Kapoor S, Sarridou D, Lees N, Carby M, Woolley J, Mitchell J
European Journal of Anaesthesiology, May 2015

Duration of untreated psychosis in adolescents: Ethnic differences and clinical profiles
Maria-de-Gracia Dominguez, Helen L. Fisher, Barnaby Major, Brock Chisholm, Nikola Rahaman, John Joyce, James Woolley, Jo Lawrence, Mark Hinton, Karl Marlowe, Katherine Aitchison, Sonia Johnson, Matthew Hodes
Schizophrenia Research, Available online 8 September 2013, ISSN 0920-9964

Cannabis use and first-episode psychosis: relationship with manic and psychotic symptoms, and with age at presentation
Stone, J. M., Fisher, H. L., Major, B., Chisholm, B., Woolley, J., Lawrence, J., Rahaman, N., Joyce, J., Hinton, M., Johnson, S. & Young, A. H.24 May 2013 In : Psychological Medicine. p. 1-8

Reduced mismatch negativity predates the onset of psychosis.
Shaikh M, Valmaggia L, Broome MR, Dutt A, Lappin J, Day F, Woolley J, Tabraham P, Walshe M, Johns L, Fusar-Poli P, Howes O, Murray RM, McGuire P, Bramon E.
Schizophr Res. 2012 Jan;134(1):42-8. Epub 2011 Oct 24.

Neuroanatomical abnormalities that predate the onset of psychosis: a multicenter study.
Mechelli A, Riecher-Rössler A, Meisenzahl EM, Tognin S, Wood SJ, Borgwardt SJ, Koutsouleris N, Yung AR, Stone JM, Phillips LJ, McGorry PD, Valli I, Velakoulis D, Woolley J, Pantelis C, McGuire P.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011 May;68(5):489-95.

Disorder-specific dysfunctions in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared to patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder during interference inhibition and attention allocation.
Rubia K, Cubillo A, Woolley J, Brammer MJ, Smith A.
Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Apr;32(4):601-11. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21048.

White matter alterations related to P300 abnormalities in individuals at high risk for psychosis: an MRI-EEG study.
Fusar-Poli P, Crossley N, Woolley J, Carletti F, Perez-Iglesias R, Broome M, Johns L, Tabraham P, Bramon E, McGuire P.
J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2011 Jul;36(4):239-48.

Gray matter alterations related to P300 abnormalities in subjects at high risk for psychosis: longitudinal MRI-EEG study.
Fusar-Poli P, Crossley N, Woolley J, Carletti F, Perez-Iglesias R, Broome M, Johns L, Tabraham P, Bramon E, McGuire P.
Neuroimage. 2011 Mar 1;55(1):320-8. Epub 2010 Dec 1.

Neural correlates of movement generation in the 'at-risk mental state'.
Broome MR, Matthiasson P, Fusar-Poli P, Woolley JB, Johns LC, Tabraham P, Bramon E, Valmaggia L, Williams SC, Brammer MJ, Chitnis X, McGuire PK.
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2010 Oct;122(4):295-301. Epub 2010 Jan 7.

Neural correlates of visuospatial working memory in the 'at-risk mental state'.
Broome MR, Fusar-Poli P, Matthiasson P, Woolley JB, Valmaggia L, Johns LC, Tabraham P, Bramon E, Williams SC, Brammer MJ, Chitnis X, Zelaya F, McGuire PK.
Psychol Med. 2010 Dec;40(12):1987-99. Epub 2010 Mar 10.

Disorder-specific dysfunction in right inferior prefrontal cortex during two inhibition tasks in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder compared to boys with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Rubia K, Cubillo A, Smith AB, Woolley J, Heyman I, Brammer MJ.
Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Feb;31(2):287-99.

Effect of age at onset of schizophrenia on white matter abnormalities.
Kyriakopoulos M, Perez-Iglesias R, Woolley JB, Kanaan RA, Vyas NS, Barker GJ, Frangou S, McGuire PK.
Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Oct;195(4):346-53.

White matter microstructure in schizophrenia: effects of disorder, duration and medication.
Kanaan R, Barker G, Brammer M, Giampietro V, Shergill S, Woolley J, Picchioni M, Toulopoulou T, McGuire P.
Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Mar;194(3):236-42.

Neural correlates of executive function and working memory in the 'at-risk mental state'.
Broome MR, Matthiasson P, Fusar-Poli P, Woolley JB, Johns LC, Tabraham P, Bramon E, Valmaggia L, Williams SC, Brammer MJ, Chitnis X, McGuire PK.
Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;194(1):25-33.

Abnormal P300 in people with high risk of developing psychosis.
Bramon E, Shaikh M, Broome M, Lappin J, Bergé D, Day F, Woolley J, Tabraham P, Madre M, Johns L, Howes O, Valmaggia L, Pérez V, Sham P, Murray RM, McGuire P.
Neuroimage. 2008 Jun;41(2):553-60. Epub 2008 Jan 4.

Brain activation in paediatric obsessive compulsive disorder during tasks of inhibitory control.
Woolley J, Heyman I, Brammer M, Frampton I, McGuire PK, Rubia K.
Br J Psychiatry. 2008 Jan;192(1):25-31.

Delusion formation and reasoning biases in those at clinical high risk for psychosis.
Broome M R; Johns L C; Valli I; Woolley J B; Tabraham P; Brett C; Valmaggia L; Peters E; Garety P A; McGuire P K
British Journal of Psychiatry. Supplement 2007;51():s38-42.

Insight in individuals with an At Risk Mental State.
Lappin JM, Morgan KD, Valmaggia LR, Broome MR, Woolley JB, Johns LC, Tabraham P, Bramon E, McGuire PK.
Schizophr Res. 2007 Feb;90(1-3):238-44. Epub 2007 Jan 9.

Progressive increase of frontostriatal brain activation from childhood to adulthood during event-related tasks of cognitive control.
Rubia K, Smith AB, Woolley J, Nosarti C, Heyman I, Taylor E, Brammer M.
Hum Brain Mapp. 2006 Dec;27(12):973-93.

What causes the onset of psychosis?
Broome MR, Woolley JB, Tabraham P, Johns LC, Bramon E, Murray GK, Pariante C, McGuire PK, Murray RM.
Schizophr Res. 2005 Nov 1;79(1):23-34. Review.

Outreach and support in south London (OASIS): implementation of a clinical service for prodromal psychosis and the at risk mental state.
Broome MR, Woolley JB, Johns LC, Valmaggia LR, Tabraham P, Gafoor R, Bramon E, McGuire PK.
Eur Psychiatry. 2005 Aug;20(5-6):372-8.

What can neuroimaging tell the clinician in schizophrenia?
Woolley J, McGuire PK.
Advances in Psychiatric Treatment May 2005; 11: 195 - 202.

Alcohol use in chronic fatigue syndrome.
Woolley J, Allen R, Wessely S.
J Psychosom Res. 2004 Feb;56(2):203-6.

Dexamphetamine for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Woolley JB, Heyman I.
Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Jan;160(1):183.

Woolley J, Smith S.
Lowered seizure threshold on olanzapine.
British Journal of Psychiatry 2001, 178:(85-86)

Hodes M, Creamer J, Woolley J.
Cultural meanings of ethnic categories
Psychiatric Bulletin Jan 1998, 20-24


2014: Nominated for BBC Radio 4 'All in the Mind' 25th Anniversary Awards

2012: Clinical Excellence Award

2010: Clinical Excellence Award

2008: Clinical Excellence Award

2007: BUPA Foundation national award winner for Clinical Excellence

2006: Member of ‘Highly commended’ team in Clinical Governance Awards - South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

2005: Young Scientist Award – World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

2005: Member of team winning the ‘Using information in practice – Clinical Governance Award’. South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

2004: Pfizer Academic Travel Award

2003: Member of the early psychosis team awarded ‘Doctor of the Year’ (Psychiatry category), Hospital Doctor magazine

2003: Young Scientist Award 12th Biennial Winter Schizophrenia Workshop, Switzerland

2002: Cabinet Office Innovation Award – ‘for vision’, collected by NHS chief executive on behalf of the OASIS prodromal psychosis team

2001: Wellcome travel award - International Early Psychosis Conference, Copenhagen

2000: BMA Joan Dawkins Millennium Bursary

1995: St. Mary's Hospital Medical School Elective Report Prize – Psychiatry

1994: Mental Health Foundation Travel Scholarship

clinical excellence award
Dr Woolley receiving a national award for clinical excellence from the BUPA foundation, presented by Professor Sir Ara Darzi

Watch more about Dr Woolley’s award winning work in improving recovery for patients after significant mental illness…

Membership of Professional Bodies
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Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

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Fully licensed and revalidated by the General Medical Council

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Member of UKAAN - the UK professional network for clinicians with specific experience in adult ADHD

Royal College of Psychiatrists Section of Neuropsychiatry

Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry

I regularly provide update tutorials to GP surgeries on a wide range of mental health subjects. If you are a GP and would like to arrange free teaching meetings with CPD points, please feel free to get in touch.

I was also Clinical Tutor at the Priory Hospital Roehampton for 10 years, arranging the co-ordination of teaching trainee doctors (both GPs and psychiatrists) from local NHS training schemes. This was the only such arrangement in the UK where a private sector hospital is providing training placements for NHS doctors at this level of specialist training.

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