Dr Ben Buchanan | Clinical Psychologist
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. 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 run the body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) treatment program, helping people manage body image anxiety with evidence based treatments. My work with BDD encompasses a thorough assessment of compulsive compensatory behaviours (such as mirror checking), strategies for dealing with the all consuming body related thoughts, and ultimately helping you push past BDD to lead a rich and full life where appearance is not the primary concern. Recovery from BDD is possible, and I’d like to help you get there.
As well as working clinically I am 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 am passionate about psychological assessment and measurement and am the director of a leading software company in the field (NovoPsych). I hold degrees in philosophy, behavioural science and clinical psychology.