Practitioners

At NorthWestern Private Clinic, we have a highly experienced team of mental health professionals which includes psychiatrists, psychologist, neuropsychologist, mental health nurse practitioner and occupational therapist.

Dr Neeraj Aggarwal MBBS, MD(Psych), FRANZCP

Dr Neeraj Aggarwal is a general adult psychiatrist who has been working both in public and private sectors in North-Western suburbs for over 10 years and holds a consultant post in public sector.

He has more than 16 years of experience in Mental Health

He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in various metropolitan and regional mental health services (Latrobe hospital, Warrnambool Base hospital, Albany MHS, Armadale Health Services, Perth Mental health service, Bendigo, Tasmania Mental Health Service) and also in various clinical settings (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, Acute Psychiatry, ED and community)

Dr Neeraj Aggarwal is the Principal consultant psychiatrist for inpatient admission at Essendon Private Clinic and he is accredited for providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Diagnostic Assessment for Psychiatric Conditions and Management Plans. Psychosis, Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder ) OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Treatment-resistant Psychiatric conditions.
Psychotropic Medications Review in Complex Psychiatric Conditions and Comorbid Medical Conditions TAC and WorkCover Cases. DAV patients.

Dr Gayatri Devasthali MBBS. MD (Psychiatry), FRANZCP

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Women's Mental Health, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Psychotherapy, Diagnostic and Medication Reviews, Psychological Issues in Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions.

BIO
NorthWestern Private Clinic is pleased to welcome Dr Gayatri, a consultant psychiatrist who is now available to treat your patients. Dr Gayatri is a general adult psychiatrist who has more than 8 years of experience in Mental Health and uses a holistic approach with patients to achieve the best outcome by considering Bio-Pyscho-Social and life interventions.

Academically, she holds a consultant psychiatrist post in the public hospital and is involved in ongoing education and training of registrars as an accredited RANZCP supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Specialist Recognition, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Australia, 2018
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, Dr Vaishampayan Memorial Medical College, India, 2007

Dr Meenal Aggarwal MBBS MPM, FRANZCP

Dr Meenal specializes in Older Person Mental Health conditions such as dementia, memory impairment, mood disorder, anxiety disorders and psychosis, cognitive assessment, dementia assessment and management of Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

She holds a consultant psychiatrist post in one of the largest metropolitan mental health services and also works in private sector. Dr Meenal also teaches medical students and provides supervision to the doctors.

Our Neuropsychologist staff can help clients and family members better understand complaints and conditions of a neuropsychological nature and assist with interventions.

Dr Ruwangi Malevenna Consultant Psychiatrist MBBS, MD, FRANZCP

Ruwangi is a female consultant psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in clinical psychiatry. She works on part time basis for Mercy Health as a consultant psychiatrist at inpatient unit. She also works in private practice in several clinics in North Western suburbs.
She has worked as the authorized consultant psychiatrist for South West Health Service. She has gained vast experience while working as a consultant psychiatrist for various public mental health services
namely, North West Mental Health, Northern Health, South West Mental Health and Mercy Health.
She also holds strong academic interest and has recently held a post of a Senior Lecture for medical school of Deakin University and has published research papers in peer review journals.
Her main areas of interest are anxiety and mood disorders, women’s’ mental health, youth mental health, trauma related mental health disorders and psychosis.
She is familiar with working closely with general practitioners and families of patients in order to deliver comprehensive care. She believes in importance of providing appropriate combination of biological
treatments and psychological therapies to optimize the benefits to the patients.

 

Dr Sachin Jindal Consultant Psychiatrist  MBBS, MD, FRANZCP

Sachin is consultant  psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in mental health in Australia and overseas. He works in both public and private sector. He is fluent in Hindi.

 

Dr. Mukund Rao MBBS, MD, FRANZCP

Dr.Mukund is a consultant psychiatrist who works in both public and private sector.

 

Dr Zahra Noori    Psychologist

Dr Zahra is a general psychologist working in both private and public sector in Victoria. She is fluent in English and Persian (Farsi). She works with clients who are experiencing psychological distress that may manifest in a wide variety of emotional experience ranging from the experience of poor motivation, interpersonal difficulties, traumatic experiences, mood swings, anger, depression and anxiety. She draws upon integrated therapeutic approach utilizing Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Solution focussed therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, DBT and Schema Therapy.

 

Dr Amita Sarkar

D.ClinPsy., MPhil, MA (Psychology), MBPS, MSPS, Clinical Psychologist Registered with AHPRA

Area of interest- Child & adolescent mental health, Family therapy and Couples therapy

Amita is a Clinical psychologist from United Kingdom. She has over 25 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist with clients across the lifespan, from children, adolescents, adults, and families. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Amita has worked as a clinical psychologist in the UK and Singapore. She has worked within National Health Services (NHS) in UK, KK Hospital for Women and Children in Singapore as well as in private practice.

Amita’s primary career interest is in the area of child & adolescent mental health and she is trained in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), systemic family therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy and trauma focused therapies.  She can offer support and advice to parents, using various parenting training approaches, such as Positive Parenting and Parents Plus.

Amita has expertise in clinical and psychometric assessments such as IQ/cognitive, personality and other kinds of diagnostic psychological assessments of the children and adults.

Amita’s research interest is about influence of culture on mediating risk, vulnerability and protective factors on psychological well-being and she possess expertise and skills in understanding and assessing the cultural aspects in mental health and parenting among expatriate groups. She can speak South Asian languages e.g. Hindi, Urdu and Bengali.

Amita has been involved in preparing numerous court reports and giving expert testimony in the UK and Singapore family courts in private family law divorce and separation cases, regarding child-parent relationship, contact & custody, parental capacity

 

Taisia Thompson Clinical Psychologist

Taisia is a clinical psychologist endorsed by AHPRA and is an accredited Medicare clinical psychology service provider.

Taisia has experience treating adults and older adults with a broad range of life issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, and adjustment to major life changes.

Taisia tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the particular needs of each client using a variety of evidenced based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dr Nadja Berberovic

Dr Nadja Berberovic is a senior Clinical Neuropsychologist trained at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.
She specialises in provision of neuropsychological assessment of dementia, capacity assessments, acquired brain injury (ABI) and also does medico- legal reports.
Medico-legal assessment is a complex process that involves the extensive review of records, focussed clinical interview and standardised psychological testing.
The interviews and testing times vary from case to case and also depend upon complexity of the clinical case scenario.
Cost:
Depending on the referral question, complexity of the case and purpose of assessment, cost of assessment and a detailed report vary.
Please contact our admin staff if you need further info about neuropsychological and medico-legal assessments and cost involved.
Dr Berberovic accepts clients also under DVA , WorkCover , TAC , NDIS and any other insurance agency

Dev Raithaththa BOT, MOT MHScM

Dev is currently employed as a team leader and senoir Occupational therapist in one of the largest mental health services in metropolitan Melbourne.

He is also a certified occupational Therapy Driving assessor and registered as a prescriber with the state wide equipment program. Additionally Dev is registered as a mental health OT provider under the better access to mental health initiative and is also a NDIS provider