Dr Rao is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with 15 year of experience in the NHS.
One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives. One in ten children has mental health problems. Getting the right help early is the key to recovery. Dr Rao firmly believes in the strength of the family and the individual and uses a multimodal approach to help overcome mental health problems.
She has expertise in managing general psychiatric conditions in children like Depression, Anxiety and phobias, Behavioural disorders etc.
Her special interest is in neuro-developmental disorders in children which include ADHD, ASD, tic disorders, learning disabilities etc.
She uses medication as an adjunct to various psychotherapeutic models including cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy and psychodynamic principles in her day to day practice.
She is an advocate of behavioural management of neuro-developmental disorders and has written articles on parenting children with Autism and ADHD. She has successfully conducted Parenting programmes for children with ADHD and ASD.
Dr Rao has co-authored articles in Child Psychiatry which have been published in peer reviewed journals.