I am a general adult psychiatrist working in both the NHS and private sector in London. Over the years, I developed a broad range of clinical and research expertise working in Italy, UK and USA.
I completed my medical education in Italy and my postgraduate qualification in General Adult Psychiatry in London.
I have e deep interest in research and I worked for four years at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA.
I have experience in the assessment and management of different types of Psychiatric disorders including Anxiety
(e.g. panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Mood Disorders (e.g. Depression and Bipolar Illness), Psychosis (e.g. Schizophrenia), and Personality Disorders.
I worked in multiple psychiatric services within NHS including the Early Intervention Unit for Psychosis (South London and Maudsley NHS trust and South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust), Home Treatment Team, Community Mental Health Team, and the Neuropsychiatric Department at St George’s Hospital (South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust).
Since 2013, I have been appointed as substantive Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust.
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and am appraised every year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Certificate of good standing) and the GMC.
What to expect:
During the initial consultation, I discuss with you the issues you are concerned about, your expectations from the
treatment and ask about your past psychiatric history, medical history and personal background.
It usually takes one or two sessions (depending on the complexity) to be able to discuss all the issues as well as your
I work in close collaboration with you to establish a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. At the end of the initial consultation, I will consider the feasibility of a diagnosis if any and advise/prescribe medications if needed.
After the first assessment, I advise on whether one or more follow-up appointments might be appropriate and on potential psychological interventions that could be effective for you.
I do face to face consultations in Central (Harley Street) and South (Elephant &Castle) London as well as skype sessions.
I do also psychiatric reports, including medico-legal reports.
I believe research is fundamental in improving our ability to understand and treat mental health problems.
I am very interested in understanding how genetic and environmental factors can jointly predispose to psychiatric disorders.
I started my research activity in 2004 working as postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA. At NIH, I focused my research interest on addiction and personality disorders. As a result of my work, I obtained a PhD in neurobiology of affective disorder in 2008 and published multiple articles for international scientific journals.
In London, I continued my research activity working as Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings
NHS POST: Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at South West London & St George’s Mental Health
- ADHD [2 hour assessment]
- Adjustment Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)
- Conversion Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Non-epileptic seizures
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Post Natal Depression (PND)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
- Recurrent Depression
- Sleep Disorders
- Social Anxiety
- Stress Management
- Medical Degree: University of Pisa, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy 2001
- Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry University Of Pisa, Italy 2004
- PhD in neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders and alcoholism, University Of Pisa, Italy 2008
- Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry London Deanery 2013
- Member of the Royal college of Psychiatrist
Dr Ducci has been very supportive and I’ve had a good experience through a diagnosis that has been difficult at times to come to terms with.
Enjoyed the sessions and very pleased with the outcome. Treatments made a positive impact.
I have been seeing Dr Ducci for over one year now and I am very happy with her. She is a professional, experienced practitioner and she has been able to look after me through my highs and lows. Dr Ducci helped me consider pros and cons of the medications I am taking and suggested alternative treatments which will reduce risks of side effects of the current medications: ultimately benefiting my overall health. I highly recommend her.
Dr. Ducci is an excellent psychiatrist. Her diagnosis has been very helpful to me and I value her time and work.
I have been Dr Ducci's patient for almost a year and have been seeing her regularly at least once or twice a month. She has been the most helpful, understanding and supportive of my situation.
The most amazing Dr I have ever met. She brought sunshine in my life. She really helped me. I can’t thank her enough. I have been feeling so much better since I met her. I feel energetic and relaxed and calmer. All thanks to my dear Dr ducci
Dr Ducci was really helpful and made me feel really comfortable. She went in depth of my situation form the very first appointment and it was a really good experience as I felt I was truly supported by someone.
Dr Ducci helped me greatly with my mental health issues. She identified immediately my problems, she also reassured me and clarified things that I did not know. She was a main reference point for me in a difficult period.
Dr Ducci is an excellent psychiatrist who listens to her patients, is compassionate and flexible. Her diagnosis was spot on for me, she listened to my concerns about treatment and worked with me to get the result I needed. I trust Dr Ducci and recommend her to anyone seeking psychiatric help.
A very experienced doctor who will help you with your issues (either facing them or giving you the support you need). Someone you can trust is acting in your best interests.
I had a rewarding Skype interaction with Dr Ducci and look forward to meeting with her in person at the Clinic.. Her report and the agreed questionnaire were sent very efficiently. Thanks so much.
I had a consultation session with Dr. Ducci last week and after feeling very depressed with my university studies and future, I experienced some ease and saw my situation from a more positive lens.
Great professional help when I needed it most. Thanks
Dr Ducci made me feel comfortable and at ease since the first time we met. She effectively addressed my issues: I feel much better and in the right path of recovery. I think she is a very professional, organised and efficient doctor.
I was under Dr. Ducci's care for a short while being treated for generalised anxiety. I greatly appreciate her excellent support and treatment. I feel great and much stronger. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking help in this area.
Dr. Ducci has been one of the best psychiatrist I’ve worked with over the years. She’s empathetic and was able to quickly evaluate the problems I was facing and helped me find sufficient treatment.
Dr. Ducci is an amazing doctor, huge professionalism, very respectful of patient needs and of the patient sensitive areas and always striving to find every possible way to make patients feel more at ease and comfortable on their visit. She knows the discipline very well and I have found great benefits from her medical support and personal touch.
after having a nightmare getting passed around in the NHS, I finally got the treatment I needed, fast.
Doctor Ducci is a great professional and person, which is equally, if not even more important for the work that Dr Ducci does. Dr Ducci has been very helpful for my wife throught her rehabilitation process and guided us through with patience and professionalism. It has been a great pleasure and honour to work with Doctor Ducci.
She is professional, able to make you feel welcome and relaxed. She is also sweet and friendly and this is important when you need a doctor to trust. I really like her.
Franscesca is a compassionate, caring and competent psychiatrist. It is clear that she has a passion for mental health, and she maintains a very personalised relationship with her patients. I recommend her services highly, to the point where I have referred potential patients to her.
Dr Francesca Ducci is highly professional consultant psychiatrist with very strong academic and clinical experience. I find her very approachable with great communication style which I is very important to me as a private patient. I strongly recommend Dr Francesca Ducci.
Dr. Ducci is a really kind and understanding person and very flexible when it comes to sort out solutions for problems. I feel improvement, first at stabilization in my condition, so we can work on to solve the problem.
Francesca is exactly what I had hoped for - someone warm and empathetic to talk to, who is also highly professional and pragmatic. She is obviously highly qualified and experienced, but not in the least bit intimidating. I am incredibly glad I found her.
Dr Ducci has helped me immensely with my complicated long term depression where others have not succeeded. She always listened very carefully including taking seriously my views on my treatment and found solutions that some would not have considered. She has helped give me back my life. I highly recommend her.
I have been under Francesca's care for a year now and have found her kind, patient, expert in her field and extremely accommodating. I would have no hesitations recommending her.
Dr Ducci is extremely understanding and empathetic.
Dr Ducci is empathetic and it really feels as if she cares about me and my future.
Dr Francesca Ducci is an excellent colleague and a compassionate doctor. She is very knowledgeable and gives the very best care for her patients. I had the pleasure of looking after some of her patients who value her wonderful listening skills and commitment to them. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to any of my clients.