I work as a GP and psychotherapist in inner Melbourne. My work is a combination of some regular general practice, some psychotherapy within a general practice; and some ‘pure’ psychotherapy.
After graduation (University of Melbourne 1987) and the usual hospital medical officer years, I worked in an out-patients public mental health service before I started as a regular GP (FRACGP 1995). My interest in mental health and psychotherapy gradually increased over the years and I took any opportunity I could to increase my psychotherapy skills by doing many short courses including in CBT, IPT, motivational interviewing, EMDR and family therapy.
I embarked on formal psychotherapy training with a Diploma of Family Therapy (2004) that included formal supervision requirements and led to clinical membership of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (2005) , followed by a Masters of Couple and Relationships
Therapy (2008 -Bouverie Clinic/La Trobe Unversity). While my therapy work has a strong family therapy systems approach, I regularly
incorporate CBT and other modalities into my practice. I strongly believe that this ability to accommodate many ways of thinking and practicing is the trademark of the GP psychotherapist.
In addition to my clinical work, I am a part-time tutor at Monash University Eastern Health where I teach medical students about the patient centred approach in consultations with patients, and I am actively involved in RACGP NFSI psychological medicine sub-committees and the Victorian RACGP-RANZP liaison sub-committee. I became a fellow of the ASPM in 2012.