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Dr Russell Downham
Psychologist (on leave until December 2017)
Russell Downham


I am a psychologist specialising in evidence-based cognitive-behavioural interventions for adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and distressing life experiences. I employ a flexible, results-driven approach, working together with individuals to identify and change the particular patterns of thought and behaviour that stand in the way of their happiness.

In my practice I draw on clinical experience gained in a variety of settings, including at Bankstown Anxiety Clinic and at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). As well as individual therapy, I have facilitated therapy groups including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder and Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression. I have also worked in psychological assessment and report-writing roles, most commonly with families in crisis referred by the courts. In addition to this clinical experience, I draw on theoretical knowledge gained through my work as a researcher at STARTTS studying cross-cultural psychological assessment measures and brain changes associated with psychological trauma.

Before acquiring a Masters of Clinical Psychology, I completed a PhD in Philosophy. I am passionate about helping people to uncover the personal strengths and values that empower and motivate them to make the changes they need in their lives. To this end I enjoy helping people to achieve clarity about personal dilemmas, interpersonal conflicts, or questions of life purpose and priorities.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Health Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress management
  • Anger and impulse control
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Life purpose and priorities

Qualifications and professional memberships

  • Master of Clinical Psychology – Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (First-Class Honours) – University of New England
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (First-Class Honours) – University of Western Australia
  • Master of Clinical Psychology – Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Registered Psychologist (NSW) – Reg. No.: 0001893291
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy