Dr Chris Walsh MBBS, DPM, FAChAM is a psychiatrist working in private practice at The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond and the Epworth Clinic in Camberwell (Melbourne, Australia). He has been working in psychiatry since 1985. In that time, he has worked in hospitals, jails, community settings, and drug and alcohol institutions.
In 1983, after he first graduated as a medical doctor, Chris assisted at the Tibetan refugee hospital in Dharamsala in Northern India.
This trip left a lasting impression on him. Chris’s daily Mindfulness Meditation practice began eighteen months later, as he began working in psychiatry. As a result, Mindfulness has been organically integrated into his psychiatric practice from the beginning.
His psychotherapy integrates diverse theoretical frameworks, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt and Self Psychology in which he is formally trained.
Chris has worked in the Drug and Alcohol treatment setting for the last 20 years. He was Director of Medicine at Drug Services Victoria. He helped set up the first Dual Diagnosis team in Victoria in 1998. He has been a Consultant at Turning Point where he helped set up the first dual diagnosis team specifically oriented at patients who present first to Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services. He currently works at The Melbourne Clinic and as a Consultant to Odyssey outpatient services. He has a strong commitment to promoting use of mindfulness and awareness of family issues within AOD. He is a member of The Family Alcohol and Drug Network (Fadnet) which is a gathering of professionals from the drug and alcohol field with a particular interest in family work.
Chris has taken a major role in family constellation work in Australia. He has given presentations at Australian national professional conferences on both mindfulness and family constellations. Chris is also the founder and moderator of Constellation Talk, a very active email chat group with almost 900 subscribers worldwide. He has presented this work around Australia and overseas in the USA, New Zealand and Singapore. He also co-ordinated the development of the website for the International Systemic Constellations Association (ISCA) www.isca-network.org
Chris has a breadth of experience both in his life as well as his work. As a medical student he took a year off from his studies. He spent this year traveling around Australia working as a labourer in factory and farm jobs. He has diverse interests including music, poetry and football and is fluent in Spanish.
He has constructed three other websites: