Dr Robin Lawrence

Dr Robin Lawrence

MA, MRCP , MRCPscych

Psychiatry

Recommended by 1 specialist
42 years of experience
26 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.96

Bedside Manner

4.94

Explanation

4.92

Top feedback

“Dr Lawrence is a perceptive and empathetic practitioner. I would recommend him highly. “
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Subspecialties

  • Psychotherapy
  • Addiction
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2643269
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £445

    Follow-up appointment: £335

    Practices worked at

    96 Harley Street

    96 Harley Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 7HY
    15 reviews

    About

    Dr Robin Lawrence is an Adult Consultant Psychiatrist with decades of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of Psychological Medicine, and has practiced since 1997 from his clinic at 96 Harley Street.

    Dr Lawrence completed his training in Medicine and Surgery at Birmingham University in 1980, he then went on to become a Member of the Royal College of Medicine and then the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Psychiatry. Dr Lawrence has extensive experience in the understanding and treatment of mental illness, having worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecture in Psychiatry, completed his psychiatric training at the Maudsley Hospital and he became a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at St Thomas's Hospital in 1990. There he developed the Briston Road Community Mental Health Centre and has worked for many years as a senior mental health professional in the NHS, in Private Practice and in the Third Sector.

    Dr Lawrence provides an outpatient treatment service where consultations are conducted at his Harley Street office. If in-patient care is necessary he will always refer to the most suitable treatment centre. Offering a combined psychiatry and psychotherapeutic service enables him to address patients' immediate, often debilitating, symptoms, as well as facilitate longer-term change if indicated and/or desired.

    Procedures

    • Addiction
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    Special interests

    • Depression
    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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    Education

    Education

    MB ChB 1980 University of Birmingham

    MRCP 1983

    MRCPsych 1986

    MA University of Middlesex 2016

    Specialist Register entry date

    General psychiatry From 08 Oct 1996

    Memberships

    Royal College of Psychiatrists

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    Reviews

    4.94 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    4.96
    Bedside Manner
    4.94
    Explanation
    4.92
    Depression
    6/48
    Anxiety Disorder
    5/48
    Bipolar Disorder
    3/48
    Psychiatry
    3/48
    Psychotherapy
    2/48
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    1/48
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    This piece of soft wear is rubbish. It Huma about and I have had to type this twice if it were as good as the people st 96 and robin lawrence himself we would all be better for it. Dr Lawrence has more empathy and understanding than some entire healthcare districts I could mention,
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Dr Lawrence is a perceptive and empathetic practitioner. I would recommend him highly.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Dr Lawrence has a wealth of experience which he uses to explain some ( sometimes ) complex issues. There has never been a time when I felt talked at, or patronised. He is a lovely human being. One of only a few doctors of my experience who genuinely care.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Thankfully, I was strongly recommended to see Dr Lawrence in March 2007, by my then, exceptional psychotherapist. I regard Dr Lawrence, as having saved my life. In the context of my traumatic and damaging experiences with several psychiatrists between 2003 and 2007, both as an inpatient, and an outpatient I was not at all hopeful, when I first went to see Dr Lawrence. I arrived at Dr Lawrence's practice in a black depression and in a cab, not functioning, then, slumped in a corner of his waiting room. On meeting him, Dr Lawrence was immediately tremendously compassionate and caring, as he has always been, consistently. I have remained under his care for 15 years, since 2007, and I regard myself as extremely fortunate to still be under his care, and I mean 'care'. Dr Lawrence is the only psychiatrist who said to me, on first meeting me, 'Tell me what has happened'. He asked me to tell him my story and treatments over the past 4 years, following my severe mental breakdown in 2003. He listened intently. Unlike all other psychiatrists I had met, he allowed proper time for our meeting. After I told him my story, he said that he knew immediately and with certainty, what my condition is, being Bipolar Disorder Type 2, and that he could treat it effectively, with a combination of medications. I was totally alarmed by the diagnosis, but he reassured me that with the medication he would prescribe, I would feel much better within 6 weeks and be able to go back to work in 6 months. I found it extremely hard to believe this, after my less than dismal experiences with other psychiatrists. Dr Lawrence proved to be 100% accurate on his diagnosis, medication and timescales. No other psychiatrist had provided an accurate diagnosis or appropriate medication. Often side effects of the medication prescribed by others, included severe psychosis, including, whilst an inpatient. I have always got along extremely well with Dr Lawrence. He is a genuinely lovely person and in many ways, we are in tune. I have experienced mood swings, intermittently, during the last 15 years, including some severely debilitating Bipolar episodes. These have generally resulted from an extreme situation occurring in my life, often relating to work, or a physical injury. Dr Lawrence has always, without exception, made himself available to work with me to make my way through them and to recover. The episodes have at times been excruciating but I have always come through them. I am very much more balanced now, in particular as I have been working to change my career, to a career that really suits me and that I have begun to enjoy. Dr Lawrence and I have agreed that I will begin to gradually reduce my medication over the next 12-18 months. Ideally, I will ultimately not need to take any medication at all. This would be absolutely wonderful. Without Dr Lawrence, I cannot imagine what my mental health would be like now. If I had had to rely on the types of psychiatrist I consulted between 2003 and 2007, I would not be surprised if I would have been institutionalised for life. Early on, in our relationship, I asked Dr Lawrence which psychiatric hospital he admitted his patients to, if needed. He said 'my patients don't get admitted to psychiatric hospitals'. That sums it up - Dr Lawrence is such an exceptional psychiatrist that he is able to treat his patients effectively, as outpatients, so that they escape what in my experience, were truly awful, inpatient stays. Dr Lawrence is supported by phenomenal staff in his practice, in particular, Lorraine Dickson who has been of huge support to me, whilst liaising with Dr Lawrence on my behalf. Separately, Lorraine has always been incredibly supportive to me and always makes me feel comfortable regarding whatever we need to do. She always does everything that is needed to do and extremely quickly. She is efficient and she is lovely. I highly, highly recommend Dr Lawrence and his practice.
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    Dr Robin Lawrence

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are always happy to help as a Practice.

    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
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    Dr Lawrence is a knowledgeable psychiatrist who has helped me so much since seeing him. Would highly recommend him
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Excellent diagnostician. Explains things simply and clearly.
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    Dr Robin Lawrence

    Thank you very much for your review.

    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
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    I feel that I am taken seriously. He listens carefully to my issues and concerns. He has been a real asset to my mental health and well being.
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    Dr Robin Lawrence

    I am glad that you have found the help and understanding that you needed and deserve. Thank you for taking the time to review.

    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Top Consultant with impressive experience and specialist in depth knowledge of wide range of conditions. I’m delighted with Dr Lawrence. His superior diagnostic ability has changed my life and brought me back to mental health and overall wellbeing. Thank you very much Dr Lawrence for looking after me so well over the past four years. I look forward to our next session!
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    Dr Robin Lawrence

    Thank you. I am so glad that you have received the care expected and deserved.

    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    I have been under the care of Dr laurance and the team at 96 harley street for over the last 2 years ,firstly I am extremely grateful for the help from Robin and all of his team who gave me the precious  gift of  hope , they cared for me and played a massive role in keeping me alive and saving my life from a severe and very complicated mental illness.Whithout this help I would not be here today. The care expertise and professionalism has always  been second to none but more importantly the kindness , compassion and  patience has meant allot to me. In this day and age where patients can be sometimes just treated as another number this has never been the case. Dr laurance is some one who will not only listen but who  will work with a patient together around there recovery  ,he is extremely solution oriented and he has extensive  first hand knowledge and experience in the field of psychiatry at a very high level .Robin's team are highly organised ,proffesional and caring towards the needs of there patients. Robin is a Dr who is willing to go to any lengths to get a patient well and he  never gave up on me despite me wanting to give up, he kept me going and he gave me hope and no amount of money could buy this. Without his help and all the amazing people at harley street  I would not have survived or got this far. I am still on the journey and very lucky to have a Dr  and team who's willing to do this jouney with me so that I am not alone .For this I have the upmost respect and regard for Robin and his team Thank you so much !
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    I wish I came across Dr Lawrence years ago. He has changed my life. He is extremely knowledgeable, non-judgmental, has no ego whatsoever (Which is rare for doctors of his caliber), can truly empathise with me. If you are serious about changing your life and finding your path to health snd happiness don’t look any further. Go see Dr Lawrence, I have sent friends to see him and they all say the same thing! He is just fantastic. Thank you Dr Lawrence.
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    Recommended by 1 specialist
    Dr Ahmed Bachelani
    Dr Ahmed Bachelani
    General Practice (GP)
    I have referred patients to them

    "Dr Lawrence is an excellent and experienced clinician. His warmth and professionalism is outstanding."

    21-02-2018

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