Dr James Arkell is a co founder of The Blue Door Practice. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and University College London. He trained in psychiatry at The Maudsley and Royal Free Hospitals and has worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. From 2007 till 2014 James worked as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in Kensington and Chelsea working both in general psychiatry and in eating disorders. Between 2001 and 2014 James saw private patients at The Portobello Clinic providing a GP liaison service. He has held an outpatient clinic and admitted inpatients at Nightingale Hospital since 2012.
James also holds an honorary contract at the Royal College of Art where he supports the student counselling service. He supports occupational health at British Airways assessing pilots and also The Houses of Parliament assessing members and peers.
James is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College Medical School. He teaches psychologists for IAPT and 5th year medical students and lectures trainee GPs.
Through working in both the private sector and NHS James has experience in treating the full range of mental health problems from mild stress through to severe and enduring mental illness. He endeavours to combine an informal style with rigorous diagnostics and to use an integrated approach addressing the biological, psychological and social aspects of illness. James works with both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches using his background in CBT and mindfulness.
James takes an interest in the interface between mental health and the arts, setting up a series of events involving The Royal College of Psychiatrists and The Almeida Theatre on 'Media Representations of Psychiatry'.
He ran the 2011 London marathon raising money for the Almeida Theatre and Mental Health Foundation.