Please note that Red Tree Practice has moved. We are now located at 1003/100 William Street, Woolloomooloo. Our contact details remain the same.

Excellence in contemporary psychiatric treatment

About Us

Red Tree Practice is a psychiatry and psychotherapy clinic located in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo. First established in 2011, our team of consultant psychiatrists and mental health specialists provide diagnosis and treatment for people facing challenges such as anxiety and depression.

 

Located in well appointed and comfortable rooms overlooking Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and harbour, the environment at Red Tree Practice aims to support healing and recovery. Within easy walking distance of the CBD, each consult room is north-facing with an abundance of natural light.

 

We recommend that you read the short biography provided below by each of our clinicians outlining their particular areas of therapuetic expertise.

 

Red Tree Practice offers video consultations for people who prefer this modality, with ongoing Medicare items now supporting this. A number of our clinicians also offer the convenience of online appointment bookings for existing patients.

The Team

Dr Chris French
Director, Consultant Psychiatrist

BMedSci MBBS (Hons) M. Psychiatry FRANZCP

Please note Dr French is currently not accepting new patients.

Chris is a general adult psychiatrist who has been a part of the Red Tree Practice team since 2011. He has a particular interest in treating depression and anxiety disorders likes to work collaboratively with his patients using a tailored combination of psychological approaches and medication.

Areas of interest: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, EMDR.

 

Chris is a general adult psychiatrist who has been a part of the Red Tree Practice team since 2011. He has a particular interest in treating depression and anxiety disorders using an individually considered combination of psychological approaches and medication.

Areas of interest: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, EMDR.

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. He then trained in psychiatry with the Sydney Local Health District. During his advanced training he was involved in setting up clinical services to better address relapse in persisting psychotic illnesses. He also completed a Master of Psychiatry through the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. Chris obtained his Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in 2010.

Since qualifying as a psychiatrist, Chris has worked in private practice and also hospital-based roles at Concord, Bankstown and Wagga Wagga Hospitals.

The clinical team he is a part of at the Wagga Mental Health Recovery Unit was awarded the 2018 NSW Health Award for Partnering with Patients. Chris also became a Director at Red Tree Practice in 2021 and overseas the IT and digital strategy.

Dr James Zurek
Director, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

BMBS, BSc(Hons), M. Psychiatry, Cert. Psychotherapy Psych. FRANZCP

James is the founding director of Red Tree Practice. He is a general adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He has expertise in assessing and treating complicated depression and anxiety disorders which may often include a multi-modal approach with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Areas of interest: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Trauma, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Treatment of leaders.

James is the founding director of Red Tree Practice. He is a general adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He has expertise in assessing and treating complicated depression and anxiety disorders which may often include a multi-modal approach with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Areas of interest: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Trauma, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Treatment of leaders.

Prior to completing his medical degree from Flinders Medical School, James had pursued studies in music and postgraduate research into the pharmacology of pain. James undertook his clinical specialist training in psychiatry at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, after which he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He completed a Masters of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne and further Advanced Training in Psychotherapy through the RANZCP.

James has nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry. James has held various leadership roles in NSW Health; Clinical Director of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, and Co-ordinator of Training for Psychiatrists both at The Prince of Wales Hospital. Since 2015 James has provided strategic medical leadership in New England in his role as the Clinical Director of Tamworth Mental Health Service. James is an alumni of the Clinical Excellence Commission Executive Clinical Leadership Program. In 2017 he was the first recipient of the Hunter New England Local Health Service District Mental Health Collaborative Leader of the Year award. James has a particular special interest in providing confidential clinical oversight for leaders in the medical, legal and business worlds who may require treatment for psychiatric disorders with comorbid substance use disorders.

Dr Adam Bayes
Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS (Hons), BSc, MPsychiatry, PhD, FRANZCP

Adam is a general adult psychiatrist and clinical academic with a special interest in mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders). He works collaboratively with patients employing psychological, pharmacological and neurostimulation interventions.

Areas of interest: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, Novel Treatments 

Adam is a general adult psychiatrist and clinical academic with a special interest in mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders). He works collaboratively with patients employing psychological, pharmacological and neurostimulation interventions.

Areas of interest: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, Novel Treatments 

Dr Bayes completed his graduate medical studies (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) with honours at the University of Sydney, following a degree in Advanced Science. His subsequent postgraduate clinical training in psychiatry was at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Black Dog Institute (BDI) after which he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Adam has completed postgraduate degrees including a Master of Psychiatry and also undertook a doctorate (PhD) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the supervision of Professor Gordon Parker.

Dr Bayes’ primary clinical and research interests are in mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) including their classification and treatment, in particular novel physical therapies such as neurostimulation. His PhD thesis focused on differentiating the bipolar disorders from personality disorders with the conclusion that rather than being difficult to distinguish, in the majority of cases they can be separated using a small number of key clinical variables. Dr Bayes splits his time equally between clinical and research roles. He currently sees patients in his private rooms at Red Tree Practice and for assessment at the BDI. Additionally, he is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medicine and a Senior Research Fellow at BDI where he is engaged in research and teaching activities.

Dr Matthew Boulton
Consultant Psychiatrist

FRANCZP, BMBS, BSc

Matt joined Red Tree Practice in 2020. He has expertise in ADHD, anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder), mood disorders and psychotic disorders, as well as the influence of personality factors on life satisfaction. Rather than focus solely on diagnosis, he would rather take a collaborative approach with a patient to develop a formulation (or understanding) of the problem and use this to guide informed treatment.

Areas of interest: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders.

Matt joined Red Tree Practice in 2020. He has expertise in ADHD, anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder), mood disorders and psychotic disorders, as well as the influence of personality factors on life satisfaction. Rather than focus solely on diagnosis, he would rather take a collaborative approach with a patient to develop a formulation (or understanding) of the problem and use this to guide informed treatment.

Areas of interest: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders.

Prior to working at Red Tree Practice, Matt worked at Mindcare Centre for eight years where he developed his expertise in treating ADHD, as well as further training in the psychotherapies and biological psychiatry. He has also worked at the St George Hospital for a similar time, consulting to the emergency department and focussing on admissions for diagnostic clarification, crisis management and relief of psychiatric symptoms. Matt is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is an AHPRA-registered medical practitioner. He completed his medical studies in 2001 at Flinders University in South Australia.

During his psychiatry training, Matt has gained extensive experience in both cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic therapies, using these skills in all patients regardless of whether he is seeing them for therapy or not. He worked under Professor Gavin Andrews at CRUFAD for two years and developed an online teaching resource during that time. Matt works from both a psychological and biological perspective, using medication where appropriate and being mindful of alternative approaches, including diet and lifestyle. He is happy to share care with psychologists,  psychotherapists, and general practitioners.

Matt has a non-judgmental and accepting approach to patients from all backgrounds, including gender and sexuality diversity.

Elana Cohen
Psychologist

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 trauma and 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.

Areas of interest: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, PTSD and trauma-related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders

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 trauma and 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.

Areas of interest: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, PTSD and trauma-related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders

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.

Elana is a clinical member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP), a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Medicare rebates are available.

Dr Rohan Francis-Taylor

B Lib Stu (Int), MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert Old Age Psych, PhD

Rohan is a consultant psychiatrist and clinical academic with a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, neurostimulation and student mental health. Rohan prefers to work with people in a collaborative framework to enable the development of comprehensive management plans, incorporating both biological and psychological therapies.

Areas of interest: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Neurostimulation, Student Mental Health

Rohan is a consultant psychiatrist and clinical academic with a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, neurostimulation and student mental health. Rohan prefers to work with people in a collaborative framework to enable the development of comprehensive management plans, incorporating both biological and psychological therapies.

Areas of interest: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Neurostimulation, Student Mental Health

Rohan completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and psychology, and his graduate medical degree (MBBS), at the University of Sydney. He completed his psychiatry training in Sydney Local Health District (Concord Centre for Mental Health, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & Canterbury Hospital), with subspecialty advanced training in Old Age Psychiatry. Rohan became a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in early 2018 and has since worked in both public and private settings, including the Canterbury Older Persons Mental Health Team, the Black Dog Institute, Wesley Hospital Kogarah and Ramsay Clinic Northside.

Rohan is also an early career researcher and completed his PhD thesis at the University of New South Wales in 2020. He is currently employed as a clinical academic (Senior Lecturer) at UNSW, focusing on student mental health and wellbeing.

Dr John Lam-Po-Tang

MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, MM (clin epi)

John is a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of 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 the assessment of workers’ compensation claims. He is an accredited assessor of permanent impairment for workers compensation and motor accidents in NSW for the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), and Comcare. He is an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Areas of interest: OCD, Anxiety Disorders, CBT, EMDR.

John is a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of 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 the assessment of workers’ compensation claims. He is an accredited assessor of permanent impairment for workers compensation and motor accidents in NSW for the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), and Comcare. He is an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Areas of interest: OCD, Anxiety Disorders, CBT, EMDR.

John completed his medical education at the University of Sydney in 1989, and trained in Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 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 in mental health services in Sydney and rural NSW. He completed a Masters in Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney in 2008.

John has been involved in teaching of registrars in psychiatry, and written articles on the treatment of Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD and Social Phobia.

Dr Elizabeth Mackenzie
Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS; FRANZCP

Dr Elizabeth Mackenzie has worked in a range of positions in the public health services including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at St George and Griffith. Her previous private practice has been at Southview Clinic, Kogarah and the Brain Mind Research Clinic at Camperdown. She has extensive expertise in assessment and treatment of disorders of anxiety and depression, Bipolar Disorder and early onset psychotic disorders in young people.

Areas of interest: Perinatal issues, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Complex Trauma, Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Dr Elizabeth Mackenzie has worked in a range of positions in the public health services including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at St George and Griffith. Her previous private practice has been at Southview Clinic, Kogarah and the Brain Mind Research Clinic at Camperdown. She has extensive expertise in assessment and treatment of disorders of anxiety and depression, Bipolar Disorder and early onset psychotic disorders in young people.

Areas of interest: Perinatal issues, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Complex Trauma, Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

She has special interest in working with women, treating disorders arising in pregnancy, post-partum and during menopause. She provides assessment for suitability for psychodynamic psychotherapy for relational and personal difficulties.

Dr Cherian Thomas
Consultant Psychiatrist

MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Cherian completed his medical education at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. He went on to train in psychiatry in the UK, obtaining membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He then moved to Australia and went on to complete his post graduate training at South Eastern Sydney Local Health district and became a fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Areas of interest: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Youth Mental Health.

Cherian completed his medical education at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. He went on to train in psychiatry in the UK, obtaining membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He then moved to Australia and went on to complete his post graduate training at South Eastern Sydney Local Health district and became a fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Areas of interest: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Youth Mental Health.

Since qualifying as a psychiatrist Cherian has worked as a Staff Specialist working with youth. He has also worked in the community in Orange & has had extensive experience in assessing and treating depression, anxiety, trauma & psychosis. He believes in treatment using a holistic approach.

He has a special interest in sports psychiatry, which addresses the mental health of professional & amateur athletes. He also has an interest in treating mental health issues in youth.

Ms Susie Tuckwell
Sex and Relationship Therapist

BA (Hons), DipEd, GradDipCounselling, GCULT, M.HlthSci (SexHealth), PACFA reg. Clinical

Susie is an adult counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in sex therapy, intimate relationships, and interpersonal communication. Her clients represent the spectrum of sexual orientations, gender identities and relationship models. She has a particular interest in relationships impacted by the mental health of loved ones or by relocation.

Areas of Interest: Sexual wellbeing, communication skills in intimate relationships, emotional growth and change in adult life.

Susie is an adult counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in sex therapy, intimate relationships, and interpersonal communication. Her clients represent the spectrum of sexual orientations, gender identities and relationship models. She has a particular interest in relationships impacted by the mental health of loved ones or by relocation.

Areas of Interest: Sexual wellbeing, communication skills in intimate relationships, emotional growth and change in adult life.

Susie has had an extensive international and Australian professional life which enables her to bring a real-world practicality to her therapeutic work. Communication has been a long-term speciality, including teaching communication and counselling subjects at university.

After qualifying as a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist, she completed her Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) at The University of Sydney. This covered the physical, psychological and relationship aspects of sexuality. She has done extensive training in the Gottman method.

She has been in private practice in Sydney since 2004 and joined Red Tree practice at its inception in 2011.

Currently, Susie is Vice-President of ASSERT (Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists) NSW. She has presented workshops and papers for many organisations and conferences, including the World Association for Sexology Congress in Sweden, Lifeline, Australian Football League (AFL), Carers NSW.

Clients’ issues include sexual functioning (such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, vaginismus, anorgasmia); couple issues such as affairs, mis-matched libidos, poor communication; sexual orientation and gender identity, coming out; porn use, unwanted sexual behaviour; and problems with dating, marriage, children, and separation.

Willy
Canine Co-Therapist

Willy is a friendly, calm and caring canine co-therapist who sits in with Dr Bayes on a weekly basis (Thursdays). Following his adoption from Greyhounds as Pets NSW in 2015 he successfully qualified as a Greenhound and in 2019 passed the Delta Therapy Dog testing. There is growing scientific literature on the use of dogs in the treatment of psychiatric conditions, especially those involving trauma (e.g. PTSD). Willy’s role at Red Tree highlights the power of non-verbal forms of communication and the importance of adjunctive psychosocial strategies in the healing process.

Willy is a friendly, calm and caring canine co-therapist who sits in with Dr Bayes on a weekly basis (Thursdays). Following his adoption from Greyhounds as Pets NSW in 2015 he successfully qualified as a Greenhound and in 2019 passed the Delta Therapy Dog testing. There is growing scientific literature on the use of dogs in the treatment of psychiatric conditions, especially those involving trauma (e.g. PTSD). Willy’s role at Red Tree highlights the power of non-verbal forms of communication and the importance of adjunctive psychosocial strategies in the healing process.

Kirsty

Practice Manager


Kirsty joined the team at Red Tree Practice in 2021. She has extensive experience from her previous work at another psychiatric practice.

Lucia

Medical Administrator


Lucia currently works on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at the practice.

Peter

Medical Administrator


Peter has been working at Red Tree Practice since its inception. He currently works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Geri

Medical Administrator


Geri provides remote support to our on-site administration team. She currently works on Mondays and Wednesdays.