Dr Olivia Fiertag
MB ChB, MRCPsych, CCT, PGDipCBT(Oxon)
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
Specialist Register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (GMC)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB)
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PGDip CBT Oxon)
Member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
My professional experience
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with many years NHS clinical experience supporting children and families, and in lecturing and conducting clinical research at Imperial College London. I trained as a doctor at the University of Aberdeen and completed my psychiatric training at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
Previously as an NHS Consultant, I led multidisciplinary teams in CAMHS Inpatient and Crisis Services (Forest House Adolescent Unit, HPFT NHS Trust); Outpatient Generic CAMHS, Specialist Paediatric Liaison and Neurodevelopmental services (CNWL, BEH NHS Trusts, London). I support children, adolescents and their families across the range of mild to severe difficulties (including anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, somatising) that can arise throughout the different developmental life stages.
I have completed additional training at the University of Oxford in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am a qualified CBT therapist. I am also qualified in specialised ADHD and Autism assessments e.g. ADOS(Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and ADIR(Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised).
I have clinical and research expertise in supporting children with physical manifestations of psychological distress. I also have particular experience in supporting the emotional health of children who have a physical condition, and have run specialist clinics for children with diabetes and epilepsy.
I have worked with many different cultures and communities in the UK. Additionally, I have developed mental health services and education with NGO’s and Governmental Organisations overseas, including in Ghana, Malawi, Ethiopia. These experiences have enhanced my understanding of the spiritual and cultural influences in mental and physical health.
I support children within their specific family context; working collaboratively with the child and supporting parents in helping young people navigate through the challenges that arise as they develop and transition through different life stages. I provide assessment and specific treatments for distress or illness relating to mental health, to support young people so they can achieve their full personal, relational, academic and social potential.
On meeting new patients, my main focus is helping children and their parent(s) to feel at ease, in a safe space to explore the current difficulties. Using a holistic, non-judgmental approach I sensitively address the child’s symptoms, the family related needs and social factors (including educational, friendship, social media issues). Some children may be worried about going to the doctor, so I use a gentle, friendly, creative approach to help children feel comfortable.
I assess the child with their parent(s), on their own, and meet with the parent(s) without their child to enable them to speak freely in confidence. If relevant I will liaise with the school and other professionals. Following the assessment I provide a care plan which may include further specialist assessments e.g. ADOS or specific treatments e.g. CBT, family based therapy or medication. I work closely with a team of psychologists, specialist nurses and family therapists, and if required will tailor an individual multidisciplinary care plan.
Additional information about my research, teaching, publications and interests
I am active in research and teaching doctors, nurses, therapists and also provide talks for parents and schools. I am a school Governor for Haverstock School in Camden. I have particular clinical and research expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry, specifically relating to somatising (where psychological distress is experienced as physical symptoms), helping children and adolescents cope with physical illness and self harm. I also have extensive experience in assessing and managing Autism, ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression.
Gupta, S., Fiertag, O., Thanulingam, T., Strange, B., & Warner, J. (2020). Rare and Unusual Dementias. In J. Hughes & P. Lilford (Eds.), Clinical Topics in Old Age Psychiatry (Clinical Topics in, pp. 50-77). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Fiertag, O., Taylor, S., Tareen, A., and Garralda, E. (2019) Somatic Symptoms, Bodily Distress and Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents. In: Rey, J.M. IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. (Section I 1) Geneva: International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professions 2019. Available from http://iacapap.org/iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health.
Fiertag, O., and Eminson, M. (2014) Somatising in children and adolescents: Clinical presentations and aetiological factors. In: Huline-Dickens, S. Clinical Topics In Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (pp183-200). London: RCPsych Publications.
Fiertag, O., and Eminson, M. (2014) Somatising in children and adolescents: Management and outcomes. In: Huline-Dickens, S. Clinical Topics In Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (pp201-217). London: RCPsych Publications.
Fiertag, O., Taylor, S., Tareen, A., and Garralda, E. (2012) Somatoform Disorders. In: Rey, J.M. IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. (Section I 1) Geneva: International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professions 2013. Available from http://iacapap.org/iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health.
Gupta, S., Fiertag, O., Thanulingam, T., Ros, E., Strange, B. and Warner, J. (2012) Further Rare and unusual dementias. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 18, 67-77.
Fiertag, O., Taylor, S., Ninis, N., and Beril, S. (The first two authors contributed equally to this work) (2012, January 13) Anti NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. Response to Article and Case Reports. British Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved from http://bjp.rcpsych.org.
Gupta, S., Fiertag, O. and Warner, J. (2009). Rare and unusual dementias. Advances in psychiatric treatment, 15, 364–371.