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

Psychiatrist
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, Work Cover Cases and DVA patients.

Dr Ruwangi Malevenna

Psychiatrist
MBBS, MD (Psych), 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 Meenal Aggarwal

Psychiatrist
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. 
Dr. Meenal is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi languages
SPECIAL INTERESTS
Diagnostic Assessment for Older person Psychiatric conditions and treatment, cognitive assessment, diagnosis and assessment of other psychiatric conditions and Management Plans.

Dr Sachin Jindal  

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

Psychiatrist
MBBS,MD, FRANZCP


Dr Mukund Rao is a psychiatrist with more than 13 years of experience in the management of people with mental health issues. He has a keen interest in psychotherapy, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, particularly depression and treatment resistant depression.  After completing his psychiatry training in India, he moved to Australia and became a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2018. Mukund is fluent in English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu.

 

Dr Thilini Jayasooriya

Psychiatrist
MBBS. MD (Psychiatry), FRANZCP

 

Dr. Thilini Jayasooriya is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in both public and private sectors at North Western suburbs of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists with 12 years of experience in Clinical Psychiatry in both Australia and overseas.
Her interests are mood, anxiety and trauma related disorders, ADHD, youth mental health, women’s mental health, comorbid addiction disorders and personality disorders.
She treats adults aged between 18-65 years, young people aged 16-24 years and older adults.
She is experienced in working with consumers of different cultural backgrounds and interpreters, and with families especially when working with young people.
She is also fluent in English and Sinhala.

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

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


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, andfamilies. Prior to moving to Melbourne Amita has worked as a clinical psychologist in the UK andSingapore. She has worked within National Health Services (NHS) in UK, KK Hospital for Women andChildren 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 trainedin cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), systemic family therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy andtrauma focused therapies. . She can offer support and advice to parents, using various parentingtraining 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 protectivefactors on psychological well-being and she possess expertise and skills in understanding andassessing 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 childparent relationship, contact & custody, parental capacity.
Assessment Offered
1. IQ (WAIS, WICS, WIPPSI)
2. ASD Assessment- Trained in ADOS-2
3. ADHD assessment and Cognitive Profile for learning needs
4. Behavioural and Emotional Problems (CBCL. CRBS, Beck’s Youth Inventory)
5. Developmental and Adaptive Functions Assessment
6. NDIS application assessments for children and adults
Therapies
1. CBT
2. Trauma informed Therapies, e.g. EMDR
3. Parenting training sessions (Incredible years & Triple P formats)
4. Gottman Couples Therapy
5. Systemic Family Therapy for family supports to children/adolescents with ASD and other
6. MBT Basic training- Mentalization Based Treatment

 

Dr Nadja Berberovic

Clinical Neuropsychologist

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

Neelu A Shukla

Clinical Psychologist
MPhil. ClinPsy, MA Counselling Registered with APHRA

Neelu is a Clinical Psychologist with thirteen years of experience which includes clinical work in public and private sectors, research work as coordinator and rater in international multicenter Phase III trials, teaching masters level psychology students in India and clinical
work in private sector in Melbourne.
Neelu’s area of interest in private practice is psychotherapy for adults. She works with high prevalence common mental disorders such as Anxiety disorders, Mild Depression, Stress and Trauma related presentations, and serious mental disorders like Bipolar Affective
Disorder.
Neelu also works with people diagnosed with Personality disorders. She uses an eclectic mix of Evidence based Structured therapies such as Supportive Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to suit each individual’s unique needs.
With warmth and professionalism, Neelu works collaboratively with her clients and their treating professionals, to build better understanding, enhance their coping new skills, and progress towards one’s personal goals. She aims at empowering clients and helping them
gain greater life satisfaction.
Neelu is fluent in English as well as Hindi.