I am a caring and supportive psychiatrist with many years experience in both psychiatry and psychotherapy. I have had specialist training in all areas of psychiatry and subspecialty training in psychotherapy, personality disorders and psychiatry of old age. I see patients from 18 to 100 years of age. I worked as a GP prior to training in psychiatry. I am a graduate of University of Sydney Medical School, Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, member of the Psychotherapy section of the College, member of the Psychiatry of Old Age section of the College and member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy. I have previously worked as Clinical Director of an acute mental health unit at a major public hospital and as Clinical Director of a Psychiatry of Old Age unit at a major public hospital.
I am particularly interested in and have expertise and extensive experience in:
- Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety including panic, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder
- Personality difficulties and interpersonal problems
- Dementia and less severe cognitive problems
- Stress, difficulty in coping in the workplace
- Dealing with loss and grief
- Relationship problems
In therapy I work particularly as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Simply put this means that I am looking at how past experiences and learned behaviour come together to influence your present day thinking and the effect that has on your future life goals and expectations. I also call on many different methods and integrate several styles and thinking into my therapy sessions such as cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness.