Saleem Jeewa
Saleem Jeewa
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Saleem Jeewa


London, United Kingdom



About Saleem

Dr Jeewa is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is registered on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council with a licence to practise. With 10 years experience working and training in both physical and mental health in the NHS, he has acquired significant expertise in assessing and managing adult mental health, encompassing psychological and medical treatment. Dr Jeewa is able to offer a variety of therapeutic interventions including:

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy.

In 2021 Dr Jeewa set up Medical Psychotherapy Services to increase access to therapies which are limited, and available to select populations, in NHS settings.

Who can Dr Jeewa help:

Areas of life Dr Jeewa may be able to help with:

  • Exploring your identity including internal conflicts arising race, religion and culture, gender and sexuality. 
  • Self-esteem including concerns about stigma associated with accessing mental health support.
  • Negotiating life events which might include stress, trauma, abuse, loss, bereavement
  • Mood and anxiety
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Coping mechanisms for the above which are troublesome for you or interfering with your ability to function.

Although Dr Jeewa has experience in working with a variety of presentations, he has specific experience working with: Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups; LGBTQIA+ community; Men; Healthcare professionals. As such he is passionate about enabling access to therapy and breaking down stigma attached to seeking mental health support.

What can Dr Jeewa offer individuals and families:


One can experiences difficulties but struggles to understand what might be leading to them or sustaining them. At other times one can have an idea of what might be going on but would like to understand how these difficulties have come to be. An assessment can often be a helpful first step to explore one's difficulties and ideas about patterns and themes in one's life and begin to formulate a coherent narrative.

Dr Jeewa begins by offering you a psychoanalytically informed assessment consisting of two sessions (75mins for the first and 50mins for the second) to arrive at a formulation of your difficulties and recommendations of what might be helpful. This may include a form of psychotherapy and/or medication. Where indicated, he will offer extended consultations and brief psychological interventions, usually consisting of 6 - 12 sessions. 


Psychotherapy aims to deepen ones understanding of themselves, relationships with one’s self and others and work through past and present difficulties. The aim to explore links between conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind that may be contributing to the presenting difficulties and distress. The British Psychoanalytic Council have produced a helpful leaflet for anyone looking into psychotherapy which can be accessed by clicking the link here.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides a safe and open space for one to share what might be in their mind in an unfiltered way. For many, this can be a unique experience. In doing so, we seek to build a narrative which makes links between what is consciously known and what may have been unconscious or outside of one’s awareness and direct attention. Developing such an understanding can be relieving in its’ self. It also generates the potential to create long lasting change in one’s circumstances and identity. Gaining a deep understanding of one’s self in this way is usually a long term process. The cornerstone of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is the dynamic with one's therapist which brings to life the patterns and themes occurring in the relationships with one’s self and others.

Sessions are 50minutes in length usually three times a week. More frequent sessions can provide a more containing experience as well as enabling a slower pace yet, deeper contact with what might be unconscious. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has the same foundations as psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Instead of three times a week, sessions are once or twice a week. In the room, one is encouraged to lie on the couch. This is thought to support the process of speaking without censorship. Where one is unable to attend in person, online sessions are available.

For couples and families psychoanalytically informed therapy aims to explore patterns that may have arisen and maintained leading to difficulties in relationships.

Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT)

MBT is a psychodynamically informed therapy and several of its principles are similar to those described above. Mentalising is described as taking a not knowing and curious position to one’s self, others and events in life. It is a psychological function thought to be developed and disrupted by our present day and childhood attachments. One’s capacity to mentalise can fluctuate. Noticing these changes and making sense of them can help promote better mentalising.

MBT is often a combination of individual and group sessions. At the present time, Dr Jeewa offers individual MBT only.

Please note that Dr Jeewa is unable to offer crisis and emergency services.

What Dr Jeewa can offer organisations and other therapists:

As well as offering therapy, Dr Jeewa has experience in training health professionals such as junior doctors and trainee therapists as well as providing reflective practice in organisations.

For Organisations:

  • Reflective Practice Groups for teams and organisations
  • In house psychological services for staff.

For Clinicians:

  • Case discussion groups for one off or regular group discussions.
  • Clinical supervision (individual or group) for clinicians/therapists working in a psychodynamic, integrative or MBT model.

For further details on what Dr Jeewa can offer you and his approach please visit:


  • MBBS (University of London)
  • BSc in Psychology with Basic Medical Sciences (King's College London)
  • CCT in Medical Psychotherapy (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Royal College of Psychiatrists)


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