Dr Rachael Rattlidge
Dr Rachael Rattlidge is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in a variety of roles, including working with autistic people and treating related conditions such as specific learning difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Prior to this she worked as a consultant in a CAMHS team for the NHS.
Dr Rattlidge graduated from Cardiff University before moving to Bristol where she trained in a variety of psychiatry specialities. She undertook further training in child and adolescent psychiatry and became recognised by the General Medical Council as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has worked in a variety of services, including inpatient adolescent hospitals, community and outreach teams, and an inpatient forensic unit, assessing and treating people with a wide variety of complex needs and diagnoses. Dr Rattlidge is passionate about working with young people and their families, and works in a patient centred way, drawing on her experience and knowledge in the field to ensure the most appropriate approach is taken.
Dr Rattlidge has a special interest in autism and has experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of mental health difficulties experienced by children and young people including autism, low mood and anxiety. She previously worked as an NHS consultant in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team where she ran a neurodevelopmental clinic offering autism assessments. She is also an Approved Clinician under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Dr Rattlidge enjoys teaching and has regularly taught both medical students and trainee psychiatrists.
Her peers describe Dr Rattlidge as a hardworking, trustworthy and reliable consultant psychiatrist. She is approachable, respectful, and friendly with her patients and colleagues. She has a tactful and sensitive approach when working with vulnerable patients and their families, and she is a safe clinician with a firm knowledge base.
Conditions I treat
Therapeutic approaches used
- General evidence-based psychiatry
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy