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Good psychologist / psychiatrist in Canberra?

By solstice68 - 29 September 2010 31

Can anyone recommend a good psychologist for depression / relationship issues?

And a good psychiatrist for depression / emotional issues?

Thank you very much for your time.

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Good psychologist / psychiatrist in Canberra?
pajumist 4:00 pm 29 Sep 10

I had a less than inspiring experience with my employers EAP provider, absolutely useless and I provided feedback to that effect.

I can highly recommend Jacqui from JMA Psychology, she was recommended to us and has worked wonders for how we visualise and deal with various issues. Absolutely lovely woman to talk to as well. http://canberrapsychology.com.au/

WillowJim 3:08 pm 29 Sep 10

Inappropriate said :

Be wary of GPs and psychiatrists – they’ll probably just throw pills at you (namely antidepressants).

Rubbish, it depends entirely on the doctor. And, for some forms of depression, medication is the best therapy.

Also, I believe it’s easiest to obtain a Medicare rebate for a psychologists’ fees after you have been referred by a GP.

liability 2:51 pm 29 Sep 10

It’s a pity that the ACT Medical Board, or its replacement, AHPRA, don’t publish the names of medical professionals that are found guilty of misconduct.

You would be surprised at home many medical professionals there are out there that have major problems, such as drug addition, mental disorders, etc, not to mention those that have been found guilty of inappropriate behavior towards patients, medical negligence etc.

Many of these are still allowed to practice with only minor restrictions placed on them.

Unfortunately we will never know who these medical professionals are, as their names are normally surpressed.

I would suggest that anyone looking for a new medical professional ask them or the practice manager if they have ever been subject to any proceedings before AHPRA [or its predecessors] or if there have been any restrictions placed on them by AHPRA.

Katietonia 2:21 pm 29 Sep 10

http://www.higginspsych.com.au
Jeannie Higgins is great.

You might need a referral though, if your GP refers you get them to do a mental health check first and you can get rebates on medicare for some of the visits (not sure how many).

Lillypilly 1:46 pm 29 Sep 10

Dr Aldridge who works out of Deakin Chambers is very good, compassionate and understanding.

jennybel75 1:17 pm 29 Sep 10

Does your workplace have an employee assistance program? All PS Departmentsd do. Otherwise, have you considered a counsellor rather than a psychiatrist/ psychologist?

farq 12:45 pm 29 Sep 10

mp2615 said :

FWIW, I would suggest consulting a GP first. They can probably recommend someone plus help with medication if needed.

Funnybone are in Lyneham:

Phone/Fax: (02) 6230 6022 Email: counselling@funnybone.com.au

Good luck with it, at least the weather is improving.

Ah funnybone is classic. Heard many funny/crazy stories about the lady running it.

Inappropriate 12:35 pm 29 Sep 10

Be wary of GPs and psychiatrists – they’ll probably just throw pills at you (namely antidepressants).

As someone who was on ADs for a few years, you should consider ADs as a last resort.

Wide Boy Jake 11:44 am 29 Sep 10

For goodness sakes stay away from Dr Rajiv Gupta from the Woden Mental Health Service. He has a notorious reputation and has been linked to at least five suicides. I was unfortunate enough to deal with him after I was discharged from the psych ward a few years ago and he tried to get my Disability Support Pension cut off. A very nasty character indeed and it’s a complete mystery why he’s still on the ACT government payroll.

missme 11:26 am 29 Sep 10

A good place to start is Lifeline 13 11 14 and they have details of other services also

I-filed 11:09 am 29 Sep 10

Funnybone is a self-proclaimed recovering heroin addict who seems to be off and on energy-wise and adopted a strange, zany self-absorbed marketing campaign a few years ago. I’m not sure that I’d go there other than for recovery issues …

Diggety 10:20 am 29 Sep 10

CSR

Sammy 10:06 am 29 Sep 10

Professional Psychology Services in Woden are, as their name suggests, professional.

Highly recommended. John Mitchell helped me after many years of seeing different, and mostly useless, psychologists.

http://www.professionalpsychologyservices.com.au/

mp2615 9:18 am 29 Sep 10

FWIW, I would suggest consulting a GP first. They can probably recommend someone plus help with medication if needed.

Funnybone are in Lyneham:

Phone/Fax: (02) 6230 6022 Email: counselling@funnybone.com.au

Good luck with it, at least the weather is improving.

realityskin 9:01 am 29 Sep 10

James Squire

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