Dr Lakmali Edirimanne

Child Youth and Family Psychiatrist

MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Adol. Psych

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a medically qualified doctor who is committed to delivering the highest standards of professional care by working holistically with children, adolescents, their families and others systems concerning their care to assess and treat the medical, psychological and social aspects of mental health presentations of children and adolescents.
I currently work as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Child and Adolescent mental health service of the Royal North shore Hospital and in the inpatient adolescent mental health unit at the Campbelltown Hospital.
I am passionate about the interplay of the brain with its external and internal environment that drives the neuroplasticity of the developing brain. Parents, peers and school are the most important facets of the external environment. This would essentially mean that I am keen to work towards the pathways to create opportunities for children to build meaningful relationships/attachments with their adult caregivers to enhance their self- formation, and to improve their emotional issues and mental illness.
I have extensive experience in the use of psychopharmacology in a range of mental health issues in children including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, psychosis, OCD, and schizophrenia.
Although I am highly skilled in the following Psychotherapy skills, I strive to deliver an individualized psychotherapeutic approach to children’s needs while paying due attention to their family systemic and psychopharmacological treatment needs.

Therapeutic skills:

Cognitive behavioural therapy( CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT)
Circle of Security Parenting(COS)
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Self-Psychology, Object Relational Theory
Attachment based individual and family therapy
Attachment-based family Therapy for Adolescent with Depression(ABFT)

Areas of interest:
Attachment Disorders
Anxiety disorders
Bipolar disorders
Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD)
Psychotic illness including Schizophrenia
Depressive disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)
Complex Developmental Trauma
Personality disorders
Chronic Self-harm
Eating Disorders
Psychological issues and mental illness in children in out of home care.
Co-morbid psychological issues and mental illness in Intellectual Disability.
Co-morbid psychological issues and mental illness in chronic medical conditions.
Mental Health issues in children of parents suffering from mental illness.
Somatic Symptom Disorder
Functional Neurological Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Dr Edirimanne works Wednesdays and Fridays. She is doing a combination of face to face but is not taking on new patients.

Dr Lakmali Edirimanne

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