why-see-a-psychiatristWhy see a psychiatrist?

A Psychiatrist is a Medical Specialist who both practices medicine and has special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. A Psychiatrist may use medication as part of their treatment and will want to help rule out a physical cause for your mental health difficulties. You will need a referral from your General Practitioner and you will get a medicare rebate on the consultation fee. Please be aware that the gap between Dr Clayton Smith’s fee and the medicare rebate is not covered by your private health fund.

A psychiatrist can help guide your treatment and link you with the right people and resources to help manage your condition. Psychiatrists are bound by the same strict rules about confidentiality as other health practitioners although in rare cases (where there are serious concerns about the safety of yourself or others or where your files have been subpoenaed by a court) it may be appropriate to disclose information about your condition. It is often helpful to include your family in your care, especially to help make a diagnosis and plan treatment, but this can only happen with your consent.

Psychiatrists often use a range of different treatments including medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle modification. Different psychiatrists use different kinds of psychotherapy depending on their training. Dr Clayton Smith is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Psychiatric services

Dr Clayton Smith offers diagnosis and treatment for a number of different conditions.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders are categorised by the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood which may hinder their ability to live life to the fullest such as depression or bi polar disorder.


For some people anxious thoughts, feelings or physical symptoms of anxiety can become severe occurring frequently or over an extended period of time and interfering with their ability to go about their daily life.

Post traumatic stress

A form of anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress usually develops after someone has experienced a traumatic event which has threatened their life, or safety, or that of others around them.


Some people may experience intense feelings of sadness or be moody and low for long periods of time and sometimes without any apparent reason.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help a person change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling or behaving and involves the use of practical self-help strategies designed to affect positive changes in their quality of life.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterised by irrational ideas, thoughts or fears and repetitive behaviours or rituals done to reduce the anxiety that are time consuming or cause significant distress or impairment.