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Dr Sunita D’Souza is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Canberra, ACT. Her specialist areas of focus include autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) , alcohol and other addictions.

Dr D’Souza has worked with all types of people – from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to military veterans and those with intellectual disabilities. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and did her training for psychiatry in Australia.

Dr D’Souza has a gentle, recovery-focussed and empathetic approach. As part of your care team, her goal is to help you overcome your difficulty in the best possible way.

The team will work together to provide you the best possible care. This includes keeping your GP informed of your progress, along with making sure they receive a copy of your management plan regularly. If you need to cancel your appointment, we ask that you provide at least 48 hours notice. Appointments need to be reconfirmed 48 hours before. We look forward to helping you move onto the next phase of your life in the most positive manner.

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Area Of Focus


An anxiety disorder is when your anxiety gets out of control and starts to affect your life.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in Australia and New Zealand. Around 1 in 3 of us will have an anxiety disorder at some point in our lives.

Having an anxiety disorder can be distressing and make it difficult for you to live your life the way you want. However, there are effective treatments available and effective ways to prevent anxiety.



Depression is a mental illness that makes a person feel sad or unable to enjoy anything for weeks at a time.

They can also have other symptoms, such as having no energy, being irritable, or having problems with sleep.

Depression can stop people being able to do their job, study, or look after themselves and their family.

It can be a short-term illness, or it can come and go throughout a person’s life.


 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD affects about 4% of adults in Australia and New Zealand. It is diagnosed more in women than in men. War veterans and emergency services workers generally have higher rates of PTSD.

There are effective treatments available for PTSD. With the right help, you have a good chance of recovery.

With treatment, people who have PTSD can feel safe in the world. PTSD treatment can help you get back your life and manage symptoms from your trauma.


 Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood and energy levels.

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but with the right treatment the symptoms can be well controlled.


 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness.

The obsessive thoughts can be quite overwhelming, while compulsions can take up hours of a person’s day. The compulsions make a person with OCD feel (briefly) less guilty or anxious about their unwanted thoughts.


 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition. It is also called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A person with autism has problems with:

  • communication
  • repetitive behaviour
  • sensory issues.

 Alcohol and other drugs addictions (AOD)

An addiction is a health disorder where you are unable to stop doing something that is causing harm to you or others.

An addiction can take over your life, affecting your health, work, study, relationships and finances.


Eating disorders

Eating disorders are abnormal patterns of eating and exercising that severely interfere with your everyday life.

For example, you might eat extremely small amounts of food or eat in an uncontrolled way. You might also be worried about food, body weight and appearance.

The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is another eating disorder that occurs mainly in children.

All eating disorders can occur in both males and females of any age. With treatment, most people with an eating disorder make a good recovery.


 Medico-Legal services

Dr. D’ Souza does Independent Medical Examinations in Psychiatry in Canberra Australia (Fitness For Duty, Income protection, total permanent disability assessments, and work cover reports)

Several private and government organizations may request medicolegal reports about employee fitness for duty and rehabilitation suitability. The difference here is the active communication and liaison with treating providers and rehabilitation officers, to deliver the most effective outcome for the employee and employer.

Dr D’Souza also does DVA medicolegal reports.

Experienced Psychiatrist Canberra Australia


Area Of Focus

Post-traumatic stress disorder
Mood disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Alcohol and other drugs addictions (AOD)
Medico-Legal services

Dr. Sunita D'Souza

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