Consultant Profile

Dr Rafik Refaat

Dr Rafik Refaat MRCPsych, MBBCh
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Psychiatry
    • Child psychiatry
Special clinical interests:

Adolescent Depression
Schools Refusal
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tourette’s syndrome

Research interests:

Service Developments

Year of first medical qualification:
1984 and 1995
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Rafik Refaat has been Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatry since 2000. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Barts & London Medical School. Dr Refaat is the Lead Clinician of a tertiary service for Children and Adolescent in East London at East London NHS Foundation Trust. He leads a team of 73 Multidisciplinary staff and his service was accredited Excellent by The Royal College of Psychiatrists in July 2013. Dr Refaat has a Diploma Degree in Family and Couple Therapy and is trained to offer Mentalisation Based Therapy to Children & Adolescents and their families. Dr Refaat can offer various services to local families and Hertfordshire Private schools and these are two examples of the services could be offered.

Neurodevelopmental Clinic

A Neurodevelopmental Clinic would provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment for children and young people with possible Neurodevelopmental Delay. This service would include multidisciplinary assessments for Autism, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome, Global and Specific Developmental Disorders. The treatment offered would involve parental intervention and individual intervention (medication, CBT) in order to target associated behavioural disorders and/or emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression. The clinic would work closely with relevant educational facilities whilst offering recommendations and/or interventions that are considered necessary.  

Mood and Emotional Disorders

A service can be offered to support children, young people and their families who are presenting with emotional difficulties which are appropriate for outpatient intervention. Those presenting with Depression, Anxiety (School phobia, OCD, GAD, PTDS) and Behavioural Difficulties would be seen by the clinic. This would include those presenting with self-harm and eating difficulties. The service would offer a psychiatric assessment and interventions. Interventions may be delivered on a 1:1 basis or through group therapy. The interventions would use an evidence-based approach; predominantly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with medication if necessary, with applications of third wave CBT interventions (for example, mindfulness) when appropriate also Family Therapy.

Personal profile:

Dr Refaat like sport and plays football, he also likes the theatre and regularly goes to shows.

Travelling is his main interest and he spends a lot of time on his holidays exploring different cultures.  He is interested in studying Anthropology and is currently exploring the options.

Dr Refaat has developed a small hospital in Cairo, Egypt which serves poor and needy people in this country. It has been in operation for the last 5 years. Rafik formed a charity here and there is a board of directors who manage this project.

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