Dr Ben Buchanan
BA (Phil), GradDipPsych, Hons (Psych), DPsych (Clinical), MAPS
As a Clinical Psychologist I work with adolescents and adults to overcome internal obstacles and external life situations. My goal is to help people transform psychological problems into personal growth, often to the extent of not regretting having these problems in the first place. Working together we discover new ways of thinking about and overcoming difficulties. I focus on establishing a strong relationship with the people I work with and help individuals challenge barriers and reach goals.
I work with depression, stress, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, anger management, stress management, relationship difficulties, motivation and adolescent issues. In addition, I have expertise in psychological problems that manifest and interact with physical concerns, and run a body dysmorphic disorder treatment program.
I am also a lecturer at Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine. As a scientist as well as psychologist my work is grounded in established evidence as well as empathy. I publish scientific peer-reviewed research on the connection between brain function and behaviour, and have undertaken academic work at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Murdoch Research Institute and Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. In terms of clinical background, I have worked in the public mental health system, including Monash Medical Centre, Casey Hospital and Southern Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I hold degrees in philosophy, behavioural science and clinical psychology.