Russell Downham

Dr Russell Downham


  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (First Class Honours), University of New England
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia

Professional Memberships:

  • Registered Psychologist (NSW) – Reg. No: 0001893291
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Registered Medicare Provider (Private Health Cover may also apply)
  • SIRA-Approved Practitioner for Workers Compensation
  • Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Session Times

**Unfortunately, Russell is unable to take on new clients

  • Mondays 11am-8pm
  • Wednesdays 3.15pm-8pm


  • $195 initial individual consultation (90 minutes), then $170 for ongoing individual 50-55 minute consultations. An additional $10 after hours’ surcharge applies for clients seen from 5.30pm or clients seen on public holidays
  • Medicare rebates apply to clients who are referred via a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Private health fund rebates may apply
  • Worker’s Compensation clients billed to the insurer at the recommended rate

General Information

**Unfortunately, Russell is unable to take on new clients

Russell is a psychologist specialising in evidence-based cognitive-behavioural interventions for adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and distressing life experiences. He employs a flexible, results-driven approach, working together with individuals to identify and change the particular patterns of thought and behaviour that stand in the way of their happiness.

In his practice he draws on clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including at Bankstown Anxiety Clinic, at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), at Sydney Spine and Pain Clinic, and in Employee Assistance Programs as well as in private practice. He has also co-facilitated therapy groups. In addition to this clinical experience, Russell draws on theoretical knowledge gained as a researcher at STARTTS studying cross-cultural psychological assessment measures and brain changes associated with psychological trauma. He has practised mindfulness in his personal life for many years and often integrates mindfulness skills training into therapy using Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, to help clients come to terms with troubling emotions.

Before acquiring a Masters of Clinical Psychology, Russell completed a PhD in Philosophy. He is passionate about helping people to uncover the personal strengths and values that empower and motivate them to make the changes they need in their lives. To this end he enjoys helping people to achieve clarity about personal dilemmas, interpersonal conflicts, or questions of life purpose and priorities.

Russell also has an interest in assisting people working or studying in higher education. Having been a student, researcher, tutor, and lecturer, he has an appreciation for some of the particular challenges that these roles bring.