Life Can Be Difficult. Let Us Help
We understand that life can become overwhelming and stressful.
At Shellharbour Psychological Medicine, we are here to listen and to start you on the path to good mental health.
Through assessing, questioning, discussing, therapy and medical interventions, we will work together to address your issue and work to resolve it. The road to good mental health takes dedication, hard work, education and change. Shellharbour Psychological Medicine will help you experience success in dealing with your psychiatric and psychological problems.
Therapy is a two way street and we are here to work together.
Call us or talk to your GP to make an appointment.
Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Mental Health Nurse
Dr Abdul Burhan (Psychiatrist) - General Adult and Psychiatry of Old Age
MB Ch B - FRANZCP, Cert POA
Abdul graduated from medical school in 1990, during his work as medical officer in various specialties he was specially attracted to psychiatry. He was awarded with the Fellowship of Psychiatry by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry in 2008. He currently works as a Visiting Medical Officer and the Clinical Leader of Mental Health Service for Older People in the Illawarra, as well as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Wollongong. Dr Burhan established the Shellharbour Psychological Medicine Clinic aiming to offer a holistic model of care to all of his clients. He works closely with other Psychiatrists, GP's, Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Nurses to provide a comprehensive biopsychosocial experience.
Dr. Burhan has extensive experience in all areas of psychiatry and a sound background in general medicine.
Professor Nagesh Pai (Psychiatrist)
Prof Nagesh Pai is currently only seeing patients from his Wollongong clinic. Please contact his rooms directly for appointments, on 4244 2265.
Nagesh is the Professor of Department of Psychiatry at UOW Graduate Medical School. He is the current Site Coordinator of Training in the Illawarra for the Psychiatric Registrars Training Program.
Nagesh has a wide range of experience in General Adult, Youth and Cultural Psychiatry.
Dr Beverley Rayers (Psychiatrist) - Old Age Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
Bev obtained her Bachelor of Medicine at Southampton University Medical School in England. She worked throughout Australia and the UK in General Practice, Addiction Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Remote and Rural Health before undertaking further specialist training as a Psychiatrist.
She has a Masters Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Townsville University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Treatment from the Imperial College, London.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a clinical Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Wollongong.
Dr Biju Rajan (Psychiatrist) - General Adult/Young Adult
Dr Biju Rajan is a General Adult Psychiatrist with special interest in the mental health of young adults. His books are now open to see clients.
Dr Habib Joseph Behi (Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist).
Dr Behi qualified in Medicine in 2000 (UK) and undertook specialist training in Psychiatry in Wales, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) in 2007, Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (GMC UK) and since moving to Australia 2 years ago has gained Fellowship with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Habib has worked across community based and hospital (inpatient) environments looking after children, adolescents and young adults with mental illness and psychological problems.
Dr W.Wahaib Al Doorie (Psychiatrist) - General Adult Psychiatry
Dr Al Doorie is a Consultant General Psychiatrist with 23 years experience in Psychiatry. Dr Al Doorie graduated in 1986 MBCHB, with three qualifications in Psychiatry, 1994 FICMS, 2001 CAB, 2012 FRANZCP. He has been working in Australia over the last 6 years, moving to the area from Tasmania 4 years ago. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Shellharbour Hospital, and senior lecturer in UOW.
Mrs Jeni Martin (Clinical Psychologist) – General Adult and Older People
Jeni provides a range of Medicare related services and time-limited evidenced based therapies for adults and older adults who have a range of mental health issues and psychological complaints. JENI IS NOT CURRENTLY TAKING NEW CLIENTS
Ms Amanda Palamara (Psychologist) - General Adult and Adolescent
Amanda provides treatment and support for issues concerning: self esteem,
anger management, couple, family and relationships, mood disorders,
anxiety disorders, post natal depression, grief and bereavement,
medication compliance, pain management, domestic violence
and drug and alcohol issues. Amanda is also a Work Cover Service
Provider for NSW.
Dr Sue Thomas (Clinical Psychologist)
Dr Sue Thomas specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive
disorder, primarily through cognitive-behavioural approaches.
Sue completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology examining the cognitive neuroscience of OCD. Medicare rebates available.
Mrs Narelle Pike (Psychologist) - Child/Adolescent and young adults
Narelle specialises in working with young people,their families and service providers. Narelle is still accepting referrals, although has a waiting list for new patients.
Mr Nev Keynes (Psychologist)
Nev has 14 years experience as a registered psychologist. He works mostly with adults providing cognitive based therapies for the treatment of depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. He has a special interest in adjustment disorder, supporting people to develop strategies to build their psychological wellbeing and resilience.
Ms Paula Farrugia (Psychologist)
Paula is a registered psychologist who holds a Master of Applied Psychology, a Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) and a Master of Mental Health (Adult). She uses CBT as a primary treatment modality, however draws from a wide range of other theories and techniques enabling her to tailor sessions to the individual and specific needs of her clients. Paula has special interest in mood and anxiety disorders as well as workplace (WorkCover accredited), and relationship issues, families, parenting and adolescents.
Mr Stephen Schofield (Psychologist)
Steve has over 25 years experience in the helping professions, and has worked in the psychology field in the Illawarra for over 10 years. His main area of focus is adults and young people experiencing: stress, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, trauma, low self-esteem, addiction or relationship issues. Steve is available only on Saturday mornings.
Mr Tony Swinton (Clinical Psychologist). A generalist practice treating children, adolescents and their families, as well as adults. Eleven years experience within two Child & Adolescent Mental Health teams assessing, diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with mental health disorders, behavioural disorders and difficulties with emotional regulation. Eight years working with adults, children and adolescents and their families in various states of distress and dysfunction within a private psychology practice. Contact Tony directly for appointments - 0425 252 029
Our Mental Health Nurse
Janice is a mental health nurse of 25+ years. She initially worked with children and adolescents. Janice has worked most recently in acute services in inpatient and community facilities. She is credentialed with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
Janice works closely with Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Workers.
Sometimes when suffering a mental illness people can feel very isolated and alone. Janice is motivated to help people feel reconnected and included in their local community. Janice will work with the patient to put into place actions to decrease the trauma associated with mental illness.
Janice is also interested in conducting groups that can be activity, therapy or educational based.
Phone Gemma, Renee or Romee for any information on our clinic and the services we provide.
Suite 13, 75 Cygnet Ave, Blackbutt, NSW 2529
Phone: 4295 3600
Fax: 4295 3644
We are located in the heart of Shellharbour City in the Cygnet Centre Building.
Best parking and access to our clinic is from the carpark side of the building, next to Shellhabour City General Practice and My Dental Team
Click here for a link of our location map:
'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'Lao Tse