Consultant Profile

Georgette Smith B.Sc Hons, M.Phil, C.Psychol.

Georgette is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist providing assessments and cognitive-behavioural treatments for adults, adolescents, children and the elderly suffering from a range of psychological difficulties.

Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources including GPs, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Solicitors, Occupational Health and Human Resources departments, or by self referral. Georgette is happy to discuss any queries you may have regarding referrals and/or conditions.

Practising at: Margate
Specialties: Clinical Psychology Services,Psychology Services
Special clinical interests: Anxiety disorders
Binge eating disorders
Health and work related stress
Psychological problems following road traffic accidents or other personal injury
Research interests: Developing and publishing treatment research for binge eating behaviour in both overweight and underweight patients. This research has been published in peer reviewed academic journals, and on going investigations are currently investigating the stop response in eating behaviours across all weight groups and of the decline of the urge for continued eating during treatment using response prevention.
Current NHS and /or university posts: Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Member of the Register of Chartered Psychologists of the year.
Member of the Clinical Division of the BPS.
Health and Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC)

Background Information

Georgette Smith was born in Folkestone and educated in Leicester and London, obtaining a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Pychology at the University of Leicester and an M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.

Following qualification she worked at the University of Keele providing a psychological service for the staff and students of the University and forging links with the local medical and psychiatric facilities.

Upon returning to live in London, Georgette helped to set up the newly created distric based NHS clinical psychology services at All Saint's Hospital in Chatham, Kent, as the senior clinical psychologist. This entailed working with inpatients and outpatients in a variety of settings, including the acute psychiaqtric unit, psychiatric day hospital, medical wards and in a local health centre working directly with GPs.

This was followed by a post as an NHS senior clinical psychologist based at St. Thomas' Hospital helping to develop the existing service into the newly created district department of clinical pychology. Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patients were served across two hospitals, St. Thomas' Hospital and Tooting Bec Hospital. Georgette also offered a clinical and research service to medical consultants at St. Thomas' hospital including the pain clinic, the renal unit and the departments of plastic surgery and endocrinology. Weekly clinicals were also held for primary care patients based at a GP surgery which was also the Academic Department of General Practice at St. Thomas' Hospital.

After the birth of her child Georgette worked for a while at Guy's Hospital with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patients. A service was also offered to the pain team and to other medical consultants at the hospital.

This was followed by a part-time post as a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. The clinical component of this position provided treatment for acute psychiatric inpatients and outpatients at the Maudsley Hospital. Georgette also initiated plans for the Institute of PSychiatry to offer a more comprehensive service in primary care into the district.

After leaving London Georgette developed and ran a primary care service for the Thanet Multi-fund, a consortium of fund-holding GP practices across Thanet, and for a non fund-holding GP practice. Medical and psychiatric patients across all age groups were treated. Overlapping with this service she started her clinical psychology practice for private patients at Spencer Private Hospitals Margate. Treatment is offered across all age groups and referrals are accepted from a variety of sources.

Across all of Georgette's NHS and University posts lecturing and providing post-graduate supervision was integral and wide ranging, from lecturing to dieticians to seminars for pre-clinical medical students. Research also played a key role in all positions and ranged from collaborative investigations into the cognitive effects of systemic lupus at St. Thomas' Hospital to the current ongoing research into binge eating behaviour.

Specialities include:

  • Anxiety disorders including phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, illness related anxiety, social anxiety, exam and performance anxiety and hoarding behaviour.
  • Mood disorders including depression.
  • Eating disorders including binge eating behaviour across all body weights.
  • Behavioural difficulties.
  • Health and work related stress.
  • Bereavement and loss.
  • Family/Relationship difficulties.
  • Work related stress.
  • Health related anxiety and/or depression.
  • Coping with illness both acute and chronic.
  • Medico-Legal issues, in particular assessment and treatment of psychological problems following road traffic accidents or personal injury

Contact Details

Telephone Margate
01843 234555
Personal Email Address
grvsmith@tesco.net

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