Hon Professor Dr Lina Gatsou

Hon Professor Dr Lina Gatsou

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


I have special clinical interest in child and adolescent depression, personality disorders, early childhood trauma, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, gender identity disorders, psychosomatic/liaison psychiatry and wellbeing and safeguarding of children and families.

I undertake assessments and treatments of the following clinical presentations Child and adolescent depression, Personality disorders, Early childhood trauma, separation/ adoption, family loss/ bereavement, Attachment disorders, Anxiety disorders, Gender identity disorders, Psychosomatic and medically unexplained symptoms, Chronic medical illness and impact on mental health, Specific learning disorders / educational difficulties and impact on mental health and Anxiety and related disorders in Asperger syndrome / high functioning autism.

I use a variety of specialised individual and systemic therapeutic approaches, with some of them such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mentalisation-Based Treatment, Family Therapy and Parental Counselling in preventing and treating mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

I hold a Professorship Post, and my passion and academic interest is in developing interventions for prevention of mental illness and early intervention with children, young people and families, and especially in families with parental mental illness.

I am a Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, and I have written a range of specialised CAMHS and safeguarding reviews, protocols and procedures, policy and strategy papers, clinical audits and papers in peer reviewed journals. I have organised, chaired and presented at a number of regional, national and international workshops and conferences.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Hon Professor Dr Lina Gatsou at Spire include:


Other treatments

I treat children and adolescents with mental health disorders using:

  • Family therapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mentalisation-based treatment
  • Parental counselling
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy

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Additional information

Child psychiatry

Special clinical interests: Child and adolescent depression, personality disorders, attachment disorders, gender identity disorders, psychosomatic/liaison psychiatry and wellbeing

MD / University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia / 1987
Medical Degree

MD / Medical School, University of Athens Greece / 1993
Medical Degree

MSc / University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia / 1995
Masters degree in Psychotherapy

Specialty Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Greek Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece / 2004
Recognised by CCST as EU Equivalent Specialty Certificate Specialist Training Authority in London in 2005

Mentalisation Based Treatment for Adolescents (individual, group and families) / Anna Freud Centre, London / 2013
Mentalisation Based Treatment

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents M14 / Tavistock Centre, London / 2008
British Psychoanalytic Council approved training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children specifically tailored to the needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists

Professional memberships

British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP)

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Professional leadership

I am the Lead for Medical and Clinical Leadership in my Trust and the author of the Medical Leadership Strategy and Implementation Programme
I am the Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children in the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Professor in Child and family Mental Health. De Monfort University

Named doctor for Safeguarding Children (LPT)

I am passionate about my clinical and academic carrier, therapeutic approaches and individual and family therapy, safeguarding and medical/clinical management. I am actively involved in exercise and sport and I have played volleyball in a Yugoslavian national league. Currently I am active in watersports, skiing, swimming, CrossFit, and British Military Fitness Training. I have recently started cycling again. I am interested in art, theatre, music, live concerts and, in general, I love being outdoors.

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