Dr Bavi Vythilingum is a specialist psychiatrist who prides herself on working closely with other practitioners, in order to provide a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. She works with a wide range of patients and treats a multitude of presenting problems, from anxiety and depression to eating disorders to mental health issues related to physical illness.
Dr Bavi obtained her Mmed (Psychiatry) cum laude from Stellenbosch University, and won the Novartis medal in the Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa examinations in 2004.
Prior to entering private practice, Dr Bavi worked at the MRC Anxiety Disorders Research Unit, where her work focused on OCD and social anxiety disorder. She then developed an interest and a passion for Women’s Mental Health, going on to established the Women’s Mental Health service at Groote Schuur Hospital. While she was a senior psychiatrist here, she also ran the eating disorder service, and psychiatric liaison service to medically ill patients, and developed the subspecialist degree program in Liaison Mental Health for the University of Cape Town. Dr Bavi remains an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at UCT.
Dr Bavi has been chair of the Post Natal Depression Society of South Africa. (PNDSA) Because of her expertise, she has featured on many radio and TV interview around post natal depression . and is often asked to speak on women's mental health at a variety of other events.