Dr Cate is a General Practitioner, therapist, life and health coach, researcher, lecturer and author. She has over 30 years of training and experience in the health area, and is passionate about the well-being of her clients. She has a special interest in counselling and mental health, and can assist individuals experiencing life stresses or crises. Dr Cate has her own practice in Hutt St, Adelaide, and in Goolwa, SA. She works part-time at these locations, and does some phone/online consulting, in addition to her other roles in education and medicine. Dr Cate has been the on-air doctor on radio FIVEaa’s ‘Health Talk’ for several years, co-hosting with Andrew Reimer on Sunday evenings.

Dr Cate has completed a number of tertiary courses including a Bachelor in Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, a Masters in Health Service Management and a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), in which she researched preventing the relapse of depression. Cate also has a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, and has undertaken training in Couple Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Therapy.

Dr Cate is a keen educator, and has taught and facilitated numerous educational sessions for students, graduates, organisations and the public. She aims to provide clear and accessible information and engaging interactive sessions. Dr Cate provides clinical supervision for health professionals. She has also studied life coaching, and Cate along with another colleague, provide online or phone coaching sessions for individuals in relation to health, life, and career/business. 

Cate is a Medical Education Consultant for the GPEX GP Training Program, and for AOGP, a health education organisation. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Her research work has been highly regarded by academics, professionals and the general public. As a result of this, Cate has presented her work at a number of conferences within Australia and overseas. In 2010, Cate travelled to Japan to present her research on depression, and she presented in New Zealand recently. Cate has also had her research findings published in a number of academic journals.

Cate has focused on writing books in recent years, and is now a regular blogger. She writes about relevant topics that she has passion for, gathering information and writing in an accessible way for professionals and the public alike. She has had five books published, the first on depression, the next on stress and anxiety with Dr Michele Murphy, and a third one on Intuition. The most recent book is a friendly text called ‘Listening, Learning, Caring and Counselling’. It is a guide for health professionals and counsellors on caring for their clients. The books have all been published in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, and ‘Keeping the blues away’ has been translated into Japanese.

Dr Cate has also written a number of e-books, and one has recently been published by Exisle. Called ‘Emotional Eating Learn to be free! A guide to living well and soothing yourself in ways other than food’, it is based on a number of years of experience with individuals undergoing bariatric surgery or dealing with eating issues. It answers common questions about emotional eating, and provides many practical tools to assist in overcoming it.

Cate has received a number of awards including the Graham Wicks Prize during Hypnotherapy training, a Conspicuous Service Medal (RAAF 1992), and in 2000 she received a Churchill Fellowship to study the assessment and management of anxiety and depression in primary care. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to medicine particularly mental health, and professional organisations.