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About us


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Our philosophy

My orientation and philosophy is that each person can reach a fuller mental health potential through a insight into their personal history. The goal is relief of mental suffering, discovery of new and more adaptive ways to deal with stress, and enhanced empowerment to change one's life circumstances. I believe that psychotherapy, appropriately tailored, can be of benefit in helping to achieve these outcomes. See the services provided, and look at further resources if you want to read more about the theory, practice and evidence base concerning psychotherapy.


  • My clinical practice is informed by evidence coming from a wide range of research.
  • I am actively engaged in clinical and community based research.


  • Formal training is based on programs accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). I have had lengthy training and supervision in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, not only in Australia's leading psychotherapy centres but also in leading international centres.
  • I am formally trained to work with children and adolescents.
  • I have accredited AMA4 Impairment Assessment core module training


Professor Maurice Eisenbruch

 Professor Maurice Eisenbruch MD MPhil (Cambridge), MEdSt, DPM, BS, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, CertChildAdolPsych, AFBPsS, MAPS, MACE, received his medical degree in 1972 from the University of Melbourne and completed his residency and training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry at University of Melbourne teaching hospitals in 1977. He has postgraduate qualifications in psychological medicine, psychology, and child psychiatry (University of Melbourne), medical anthropology (University of Cambridge), and education (Monash University). His research on depressed mothers and their children earned him a doctorate from the University of Melbourne.

During the 1980s he worked at the University of Cambridge and the Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy, Harvard Medical School developed the concept of ‘cultural bereavement’. He was Consultant to the US Institute of Medicine.

During most of the 1990s Professor Eisenbruch worked in France as Professeur Associé at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris; Associate Directeur d’Etudes Associé at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; and head of a research operation at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

After repatriating to Australia he became foundation Professor of Multicultural Health and Director of the Centre for Culture and Health at the University of New South Wales. He is now Adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. He is also Emeritus Professor at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Professor Eisenbruch has been a consultant with international organisations such as UNESCO, WHO, and UNFPA. He was UNESCO consultant on Cultural Mapping and Cultural Diversity Programming Lens and was part of the UNESCO Expert Consultation ‘Promoting Standards for Socio-Cultural Research on the Issues of HIV/AIDS and Trafficking’. He has served on executive committees of international organisations such as World Psychiatric Association and World Federation for Mental Health and on boards of Social Science & Medicine, Ethos, Journal of Refugee Studies, Qualitative Health Research, and Diversity of Health & Social Care. He has served on the Advisory Board of the WHO-EU Task Force on Migrant Friendly Hospitals and Cultural Competence.

Download publications on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, acculturation, global child mental health, medication for schizophrenia, refugee mental health, mental health services, diabetes education, cancer in families, young drivers, health data, productive diversity and health professionals, medical education, aged and community care, and antiretroviral therapy and cultural competence with HIV/AIDS.

He has been chief investigator on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Projects include cultural aspects of mental health, cancer, diabetes, and early childhood. Currently, he eads an Australian Research Council funded project on violence in Cambodia, with collaborators from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and HealthNet International (Amsterdam). He has been carrying out research for some years on issues in violence, including intimate partner and gender-based violence and on child sexual and physical abuse.

Professor Eisenbruch has 45 years of clinical experience working with children and adults from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. He worked for many years as a psychiatrist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He has served on various committees of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and on Council and various committees of the Victorian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association. He is a Panelist of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and on the roster of the Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP). He is an accredited psychiatrist at Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne Clinic, Victoria Clinic, and Albert Road Clinic. His private practice focuses on individual and group psychotherapy as well as family therapy. He can work directly with patients in half a dozen languages. 

Full curriculum vitae here.