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King's College Hospital psychotherapy service

At Kings College Hospital we consider the psychosocial as well as medical needs of the patient.  When a person is first diagnosed with diabetes, this can raise adjustment issues for the patient as well as those close to them.  Further down the line, psychological issues can impact upon how well a person is able to manage their diabetes (e.g. eating healthily, taking their medication) and conversely, managing diabetes and its progression can impact upon a person's psychological well being (e.g. feelings of sadness, anger or anxiety).


At Kings College Hospital, there are two dedicated mental health professionals working in the diabetes team. We see both Type 1 and Type 2 patients.

Contact details

Dr Khalida Ismail, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Nicole de Zoysa, Clinical Psychologist


Telephone: 020 3299 1340

 Address: Diabetes Centre, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS


Services for patients

Psychiatry clinic


The psychiatry clinic offers assessment of psychiatric disorders and psychological problems and treatment (both psychological and pharmacological) and case management.


Psychology clinic


The psychology clinic offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to patients with psychological difficulties impacting on their diabetes or vice versa.


Optimise clinic


The optimise clinic offers Motivational Interviewing to patients who want to optimise their diabetes control, by addressing motivation and lifestyle factors.


Inpatient assessments


We can see inpatients on an ad hoc basis following a referral directly from the Consultant.


Additional indirect resources


We can also refer patients on for other therapy options including Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and the Eating Disorders Unit as well as other mental health services.


All clinics are based in the Diabetes Outpatients Department, Suite 3, Golden Jubilee Wing.  Most referrals come from healthcare professionals working within the Diabetes team at Kings College Hospital. Patients who are interested in being referred to the service should discuss this with their doctor, nurse, or another diabetes health professional.


Services for staff

We also provide consultation and training around mental health issues for staff. Sometimes it is also possible to arrange joint consultations with the patient.


We also provide input into two KCL courses for health professionals:


For more details on attending these courses please contact: angus.forbes@kcl.ac.uk


In addition to clinical work, we are also involved in ongoing research to evaluate the effectiveness of psychological treatments in diabetes care.                                                                                     



What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which there is too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. Glucose levels are usually maintained