Members of the Toowong Specialist Group

There are two child and adolescent psychiatrists, and two adult psychiatrist, at the Group.

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Dr Andrew Nielsen MBBS FRANZCP M Occupational and Environmental Health

Andrew is a psychiatrist and a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He provides conventional holistic care. He has a Masters Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from Monash University. He has completed the GEPIC (Victorian) Psychiatric Independent Assessment Training, and PIRS Training. He is certified by the Australasian Medical Review Officers Association as a Medical Review Officer.

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Dr James McAuliffe MBBS FRANZCP FRACP Cert (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

James McAuliffe has begun working in private practice. He has fellowships with both the College of Psychiatrists and College of Physicians (Pediatrics & Child Health). His main interest is in the mental health of children and adolescents. He uses a broad biopsychosocial model and is particularly focused on family involvement in treatment.

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Dr Sonali de Sylva MBChB, DCH, FRANZCP, Cert Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Sonali de Sylva is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist having obtained Fellowship and the Certificate of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with the College of Psychiatrists. She has worked in a number of different inpatient and community settings in New Zealand, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and Queensland. She works with children, young people and families and specialises in all areas of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Sonali uses a holistic approach using psychotherapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Family Therapy and/or medication and also liaises with schools as required.

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Fiona Jamieson BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin) MAPS MACPA

Fiona works with children, adolescents and their families. She is passionate about helping children, youth and their families become happier and more resilient. She aims to bring a good dose of warmth and humor to all her appointments. Fiona's interests include behaviour, attention and concentration, trauma, anxiety, mood, bullying, social skills, self-harm, the parent-child relationship.

Fiona has worked at the University of New South Wales Child Behaviour Research Clinic. She is an associate editor of The ACPARIAN, the e-journal of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is a board-approved supervisor.

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Michelle Barratt B. Psych. Sc, B. Psych. Sc. (Hons), Master of Psychology (Clinical) MAPS AHPRA

Michelle works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Her main techniques are cognitive behaviour therapy, emotional focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, and trauma therapies. She helps people manage their diagnosis, learn how to solve problems, develop decision-making skills, manage emotions and become more resilient. She helps families manage conflict and stressors. She provides an empathic and safe environment.

Michelle has interests in ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss, oppositional defiant disorder, Phobias, family and couple counselling, parenting skills, adopted and surrogate children, reports for mediation and teenage pregnancy.

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