Clinical Expertise: Pat has 44 years of clinical experience helping adults, adolescents, couples and families. Prior to her 16 years in private practice, Pat was Director of Psychology for Central Coast Area Health. Pat has also been a Clinical Associate of four of Australia’s major universities supervising Masters Degree students in Clinical Psychology.
Pat’s main areas of expertise are: Anxiety and Depression, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sexual and Marital Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Pain Management and Complicated Grief. Also, Workers Compensation and CTP claims.
Pat only uses evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Linehan’s Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Imagery Rescripting Therapy and other approaches appropriate to the needs of the client.
Dr Dillwyn Bartholomeusz is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, working in both the public and private sectors. His private practice at Hills St Gosford occurs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. He is also available at Wahroonga on Tuesdays, and via Telehealth at other times. Working with adults and couples, he has experience with a wide variety of clinical presentations. He also has degrees in human physiology and theology that add a further dimension to his clinical work.
Trained in CBT at Macquarie and Sydney Universities, Dr Bartholomeusz has also developed an understanding of psychotherapeutic problems based on hypothesis testing during his clinical work. His experience has directed him to understand the profound impact that early life events have on adult functioning. There is an abundance of research evidence that adult physiology remains altered, many years after an early life stress. This has been the focus of his research at Newcastle University. Often these early life stressors remain invisible to the client, as there is a natural propensity to normalise the events during our developing years. In line with this work, he has come to understand the profound and lasting impact that early life events have on psychosocial development. These events predispose individuals to develop psychopathology related to self-image, mood, and identity formation as well as various forms of unhealthy coping strategies in adult life such as eating disorders, self-harm and substance abuse. He believes that effective remediation of these issues requires the resolution of these precipitating causes.
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Our unique advantage is our collaborative multidisciplinary team. We are fortunate to have Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Orthopedic Specialists, Massage Therapists, and Psychologists, who all work under one roof. This allows us to closely work together to provide our patients with a true collaborative management plan addressing all Biopsychosocial factors. This allows our patients to get access to the leaders in their fields to ensure they get the best care possible.
In addition to this, we have access to an extensive range of specialist equipment in our onsite functional rehabilitation centre. Our fully equipped and functional rehabilitation gym houses specialist equipment which is specific to the rehabilitation of certain injuries. With 35 years of excellent service on the Central Coast, Hills Street Sports Medicine is one of the longest established multi-discipline Sports Medicine Centres in Australia.
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