Dr Cate focuses on sharing life’s learnings and acquired wisdom (acquired through years of education, working with people and especially life itself, with it’s ups and downs!). Her aim is to guide individuals towards hope and healing, as well as purpose, meaning and happiness.

Dr Cate is a medical practitioner, therapist, coach, educator, speaker, blogger and author!

  • With over 30 years of training and experience in the health area, and a special interest in counselling and mental health.
  • A keen educator, Dr Cate 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.
  • A sought after presenter and speaker, Dr Cate has given talks across Australia, in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. Dr Cate has also been an on-air radio speaker for many years.
  • She is driven by her curiosity and willingness to provide service.

Dr Cate’s qualifications & approach:

  • 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).
  • Dr 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.
  • In practice she favours an integrative (combining a number of therapies) and holistic approach.

Dr Cate’s writing:

  • Dr Cate has focused on her writing passion in the past 10 years, having written half a dozen books (a seventh and eighth on the way), and regularly blogging. She writes about relevant human topics, gathering information and writing in an accessible way for all.
  • The most recent book, ‘Listening, Learning, Caring and Counselling’, is a guide for health professionals and counsellors on caring for their clients. The other books cover topics such as Depression, Stress and Anxiety and Intuition. They have all been published in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, and Dr Cate’s book on depression, ‘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.

Additional roles, and awards:

  • Dr Cate has been involved in academic and research work in the past, and has presented her work at a number of conferences within Australia and overseas. She has had her research findings published in a number of academic journals.
  • Dr Cate has received a number of awards including the Graham Wicks Prize during Hypnotherapy training, a Conspicuous Service Medal (RAAF 1992) and a year 2000 Churchill Fellowship. 
  • In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to medicine particularly mental health, and professional organisations.