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Dr Lalitha DeSilva
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Dr Lalitha DeSilva is a sensitive caring private psychiatrist who has an empathic, holistic approach combining medical with psychological therapies. She uses proven evidence based treatmentsand as a private psychiatrist, she works collaboratively with her patients and discusses fully the treatment options and choices.

She graduated medicine in 1972 and subsequently completed her speciality training in Psychiatry at Charing Cross and St Georges Hospital Medical Schools in London. She has a particular interest in eating disorders and she trained at the Eating Disorders Unit at St Georges Hospital in London. Additionally, she also trained in Adult Psychiatry, General Medicine, Child Health and Accident and Emergency Medicine.

She has vast experience totalling over 20 years as a consultant psychiatrist in Acute Psychiatry and Eating Disorders at a NHS hospital in Berkshire. Her experience covers a wide range of general psychiatric problems including anxiety and depression. She founded and led a specialist eating disorders service in Berkshire whilst working for the NHS.

Her private practice experience of over 20 years has been in Windsor and she now has outreach clinics in Reading, Wokingham and London. She was the Medical Director of the Cardinal Clinic, a private psychiatric clinic in Windsor, from 2007 until April 2013.

Dr DeSilva also has an interest in teaching. For 5 years, she was a Senior Examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ final exam for doctors specialising in psychiatry. She was a Clinical Tutor for Junior Psychiatrists for five years and a Regional Advisor for the Continuing Medical Education of Senior Psychiatrists for the same period of time. She was a Senior Tutor for medical students from University College Hospital in London.

Dr DeSilva has published research in General Psychiatry and Eating Disorders. She was also an advisor for a European Journal on Eating Disorders and has presented at international and UK conferences.

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Medical Procedures

  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Eating Disorder assessment
  • Addictions assessment
  • Bipolar assessment
  • Second opinion

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Special Interests

  • Eating disorder
  • Acute psychiatry 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Addictions


MBBS (1967) - University of Ceylon


  • Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member of British Medical Association
  • Member of European Council on Eating Disorders