Dr John Lam-Po-Tang       MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, MM (clin epi) 


John is a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). In addition, John has many years’ experience in assessment and report writing regarding patients for workers’ compensation and income protection. He is an assessor of permanent impairment for NSW Workcover, the NSW Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) and Comcare.

John completed his medical training at the University of Sydney, and trained in Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. He completed advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy and anxiety disorders at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders at St Vincent’s Hospital. Since qualifying as a psychiatrist in 1999, he has worked in private practice, as well as working with hospital-based mental health services in Sydney and Coffs Harbour. He completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Sydney in 2008.

John has been on the specialist advisory committee for the Australian Doctor magazine, and written articles on the treatment of Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD and Social Phobia.


Dr James Zurek            BMBS, BSc(Hons), AMUSA, M.Psychiatry, FRANZCP
James is a consultant psychiatrist with more than 10 years of experience in mental health. He specialises in the treatment of depression, anxiety, pain disorders, psychosomatic conditions, and bipolar disorder from late teenagers to the elderly. 

James is also the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was also the training co-ordinator for registrars in psychiatry.  He is a visiting consultant psychiatrist at the Mid North Coast Specialist Outreach Clinic.

James completed his medical training at Flinders University.  Prior to this he was a psychopharmacologist and has researched and published in the area of pain.  James trained in psychiatry at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. He has completed a Master of Psychiatry degree from Melbourne University and pursued post graduate studies in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

James practices in a holistic manner, combining psychotherapy and mindfulness-based treatments with medication when necessary.

Dr Swapnil Sharma       MBBS, MD (Psychiatry), FRANZCP 

Swapnil is a Consultant Psychiatrist with experience in all sub-specialties of psychiatry in various clinical settings. He specialises in treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders and uses psychotherapy and medications to help his patients.  He has experience and expertise in managing psychiatric disorders in patients with medical illnesses.

In addition to his work at the Red tree practice, Swapnil is the Clinical Head of the Psychiatry Emergency Care Centre at Prince of Wales Hospital that provides psychosocial interventions to patients presenting in a crisis.  He specializes in Liaison Psychiatry at the Prince of Wales Hospital providing quality mental health care to the medically ill at this major teaching institute.

Swapnil teaches medical students at the University of New South Wales and is involved in the training of junior doctors and trainee psychiatrists. He has several research publications in national and international journals.

Dr Leena Chaugule        MBBS FRACGP FRANZCP 

Leena is a consultant psychiatrist who has been a consultant since 2008; she has been a medical practitioner since 1992, with an extensive history in family medicine in urban and rural settings. In addition to completing her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Leena has had extensive training in psychotherapy at Westmead Hospital.

Leena has an interest in general adult psychiatry, including anxiety and mood disorders. She has extensive experience in the psychiatry of old age. She also has an interest in psychological aspects of pregnancy and the post-partum period, including postnatal depression. She will also be providing both short-term and long-term psychotherapy. In addition to private practice work, Leena is a Visiting Medical Officer at Port Macquarie and Kempsey hospitals and community mental health services in regional New South Wales.

Ms Susie Tuckwell       BA(Hons), DipEd, GradDipCouns, GCULT, APCCH (RACGP–accred.), M.Sci(SexHlth), CMCAPA, PACFA reg. 

Susie is a clinical counsellor and supervisor, who specialises in sexual issues, relationships and communication.Her clients represent a wide range of sexual orientations, gender identities and ages.

All her professional life has been spent in communication, including lecturing in intercultural business communication at UNSW. Since qualifying as a counsellor, she has worked in private practice, as well as teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in the areas of mental health, counselling skills and interpersonal communication. She completed her Master of Science (Sexual Health) at Sydney University, which covered both the organic and relationship aspects of sexuality.

Client’s issues include conflict and communication in intimate relationships; men’s and women’s sexual functioning (such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, vaginismus, anorgasmia); wanted and unwanted sexual behaviour; cybersex; affairs; and issues to do with dating, marriage, children and separation. She has a particular interest in those impacted by the mental health of their loved ones, and is a brokered counsellor for Carers NSW.

Susie has served on the committee of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA), and has presented workshops and papers for many organisations and conferences, including the World Association for Sexology Congress in Sweden, Lifeline, Australian Football League (AFL), Australian Society for Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT NSW), CAPA NSW, Carers NSW and ACAP.

Dr Shuli Futeran        MB.ChB.;  M.  Psychiatry ; FRANZCP 

Shuli is a general adult psychiatrist who has ten years’ experience in psychiatry.

She completed her medical degree in 1994 at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and then spent five years gaining experience in general medicine and woman’s health, including 3 years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, until choosing to pursue a career in Psychiatry.

Most of her psychiatry training was based at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, which she completed in 2010, gaining membership to the RANZCP.
She also obtained her Master Of Psychiatry from the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry in 2009.

She currently works as a consultant psychiatrist in the depression clinic at the Black Dog Institute and as a Staff Specialist psychiatrist at Prince of Wales Hospital, specializing in managing chronic mental illness in patients of all ages. She is also fluent in Afrikaans.

Her main focus is management of people of all ages dealing with Depression, Bipolar Disorder and emerging psychotic illnesses.

Dr Chris French BMedSci MBBS (Hons) M. Psychiatry FRANZCP 

Chris is a consultant psychiatrist with 8 years experience working in mental health.  He has a particular interest in treating depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic illnesses using a combination of psychological approaches and medication.

Chris completed his medical training at the University of Tasmania and moved to Sydney to commence his internship at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2003.  Chris then trained in psychiatry with the Sydney Local Health District, working across several hospitals during his training including the Concord Centre for Mental Health.  He also completed a Master of Psychiatry through the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry.  Throughout his training and as a consultant psychiatrist, Chris has been involved in teaching medical students at the University of Sydney.  He has also been heavily involved in the Centre of Excellence for Relapse Prevention, setting up clinical services to better address relapse in persisting psychotic illnesses.

Chris currently works as a staff specialist with the Sydney Local Health District.  He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at the Wagga Wagga Base and Bankstown Hospitals.

Elana Cohen BSc Psychology (Hons); MScMed (Psychotherapy) 

Elana is a registered psychologist and has a Masters degree in psychotherapy from Sydney University. She practices as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and has a particular interest in assisting people to self-regulate. In her therapy work Elana offers a comprehensive suite of progressive therapeutic strategies, grounded in a sensitive, supportive and pragmatic approach that is shaped by the client’s individual needs.  Where appropriate Elana may integrate an evidence based biofeedback technique to assist individuals in their capacity to self-regulate.

Elana commonly assists adults who are facing the following issues:  difficulty in regulating overwhelming feelings, anxiety, depression, trauma, post traumatic stress, somatic symptoms, grief and loss, relationship concerns, implementing personal goals, managing career and work related issues, difficulty in adjusting to a new environments (e.g. country/work/family), and general distress.

Elana provides both long and short-term therapy.  She is a recognised provider of the Department of Veteran Affairs counselling for veterans service.

Elana is a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is Secretary to the APS Neurofeedback and Psychology Interest Group.

Medicare rebates are available.


Dr Adam Bayes MBBS (Hons), BSc, MPsychiatry, FRANZCP 

Adam is a consultant psychiatrist who specializes in the psychiatric assessment and management of adult patients aged 17 and over. He has a special interest in mood disorders (major depression and bipolar disorder) as well as anxiety and personality disorders.

His approach is first to comprehensively assess the patient. Then working collaboratively, a tailored management plan is developed which includes medication (if indicated) and psychological interventions.

Dr Bayes’s other roles include:

- Staff specialist psychiatrist at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
- Conjoint associate lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry, UNSW.

- Research psychiatrist at the Black Dog Institute. He is currently undertaking a government funded research project investigating bipolar II disorder and borderline personality disorder. Adam has been published in several psychiatric journals, most recently, in Current Opinion in Psychiatry (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24270482).

He attended medical school at Sydney University and completed honours in the use of neuroimaging in late life depression at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. He then completed a masters degree in psychiatry at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry. His specialist training was undertaken at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Black Dog Institute, after which he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.



Dr. Caroline Manuel MBBS, FRANZCP, Diplomate American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry

Caroline is a consultant psychiatrist, author of ‘The Laughing Monk’ book and speaker.

She completed her postgraduate psychiatry training and a fellowship in psychopharmacology research from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

She has been practicing as a Consultant Psychiatrist with more than 15 years experience in treatment of Anxiety, ADHD, depression, Bipolar disorders and psychosis. She offers both psychopharmacological treatments and therapy to patients.

‘The Laughing Monk’ book, published in 2014 is a fictional narrative offering insights into the human conditions and self-help tools. She has been invited to speak on positive psychology techniques such as appreciation, gratitude and mindfulness at Grand rounds and to corporates such as BMW. Her additional interest and integration of positive psychology techniques in her work has been much appreciated by her patients and colleagues.

Caroline uses a holistic approach in helping people using a combination of psychotherapy, positive psychology, mindfulness and medications when necessary.