Dr Giovanni Polizzi

MRCPsych, MInst Psychoanal

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Dr Giovanni Polizzi is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist and service lead for the Self Harm Outpatient Service (SHOPS). Dr Polizzi also leads the Mentalization Based Therapy Service in Lambeth and works with the Lambeth Integrated Psychological Therapies Team (IPTT).


Dr Polizzi completed his medical degree and specialist training in Neurology in Italy. He worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Neurology and Epilepsy Research Group and trained in Psychiatry and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, before starting his work as a consultant psychiatrist for SLAM in 2005. Dr Polizzi completed his psychoanalytical training in 2007 and is a Fellow of the the Institute of Psychoanalysis, UK.


Dr Polizzi organizes the ‘Borderline workshop’ in the Trust, a theoretical and clinical course for clinicians working with complex clients. He also teaches on personality disorders at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, UK. Past and current research interests and publications include epilepsy treatment and fMRI diagnostics, psychotherapy and primary care, Mentalization Based Therapy and its use by staff in CMHT’s and accident and emergency settings.

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