Dr. Francesca Ducci, MD, PhD, is a general adult psychiatrist working in both the NHS and private sector in London. Over the years she has developed a broad range of clinical and research expertise working in Italy, UK and US.
Dr. Ducci completed her medical education in Italy and her postgraduate qualification in General Adult Psychiatry in London.
Psychiatrist London – Clinical Experience
Dr Ducci has experience in the assessment and management of different types of mental illness encompassing anxiety Disorders (e.g. panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Mood Disorders (e.g. Depression and Bipolar Illness) and Psychosis (e.g. Schizophrenia)
Dr Ducci has a special interest in Neuropsychiatry that includes the treatment of Functional Neurological Syndromes (or Conversion disorders) such as non-epileptic seizures. She is also interested in the management of mental health problems in patients who are also affected by neurological conditions (e.g. Epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease).
Dr Ducci worked in multiple psychiatric services within NHS including the Early Intervention Unit for Psychosis (South London and Maudsley NHS trust), Home Treatment Team, Community Mental Health Team, and the Neuropsychiatric Department at St George’s Hospital (South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust).
Since 2013, Dr Ducci has been appointed as substantive Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust.
Dr Ducci is committed to Continuing Professional Development and is appraised every year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Certificate of good standing) and the GMC.
What to expect
In the initial assessment, Dr Ducci will aim to discuss the issues you are concerned about and will consider the feasibility of a diagnosis if any. It usually takes a couple of sessions to be able to discuss all the issues and expectations and to establish a management plan which may or may not include medication. Dr Ducci will also advice on potential psychological interventions that may be appropriate. After the initial assessment, Dr Ducci will advice on whether one or more follow-up appointments might be appropriate.
Research Activity Dr Ducci started her research activity in 2004 working as postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA. At NIH she focused her research interest on the genetic and environmental risk factors associated with addiction and personality disorders. As a result of her work she obtained a PhD in neurobiology of affective disorder in 2008 and published multiples article for international scientific journals.
In London, she has continued her research activity in the discovery of genetic and environmental factors mediating vulnerability to mental illness working as Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College London.
Medical DegreeUniversity of Pisa, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy 2001
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood PsychiatryUniversity Of Pisa, Italy 2004
PhD in neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders and alcoholism,University Of Pisa, Italy 2008
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood PsychiatryLondon Deanery 2013
NHS Post: Dr Ducci is also a Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health
Main Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Conversion Disorder and Psychosis
Appointments £380: Assessment 1 hour (Diagnosis, treatment & prescription) £520: Assessment 2 hours (ADHD or where further testing is required) (Diagnosis, treatment & prescription) £120: Letter/short report: £120 (not included in appointment fee)£180: Follow up 30 mins
Medico Legal Reports £900 – Large reports not for court purposes (university appeal cases) (fees may vary depending on your case) £1800 – Medico Legal report for court purposes (fees may vary depending on your case)
Repeat prescriptions £90 – Repeat prescription fee (when no appointment is required). To order your repeat prescription clinic here.
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I have really enjoyed my experience at the Private Therapy Clinic. My only (small) complaint is that since you can only be let in exactly at the time of the appointment, by the time one gets in, and waits at the door, one loses 5-8 minutes of the appointment just getting in, and the appointments always end on time.
Thank you to Vjosa, Avesta and the admin team who from my initial phone call made me feel valued and welcome. Thank you to Dr. Becky who provided support when it was needed and most of all, thank you to Dr. Francesca who supported, listened and helped me to understand I wasn’t going mad that my feelings are OK and normal and for helping me manage them. I’m so grateful.
I have seen Dr. Francesca Ducci and as a professional she is amazing. She has really helped me and I would recommend her to anyone that needs help.
"Very helpful team, quick to respond and knowledgeable."
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"Very kind and welcoming. Really appreciate their help."
"Very good first session, it was nice to find someone who put me at my ease and valued my opinions and experiences."
"I have been very impressed with the Private Therapy clinic. An assessment of my daughter for ADHD was made efficiently and caringly. I was even moved to start talking with a psychologist myself for the first time in many years - it's proving very interesting and yielding results already."