Dr Williams is a Clinical Psychologist who has consulted at the READ Clinic since 2015
Dr Williams has five years experience managing acute and chronic mental health disorders with children and families, adolescents, and adults. With adolescents and adults he consults on issues ranging from bullying, relationships (couples and professional), behavioural problems, performance (professional, sport, school including HSC), and drug and alcohol use. With children and families he consults on issues ranging from performance anxiety, bullying, defiance, and family therapy in the context of Family Court. Dr Williams believes change is best achieved by employing strategies that are (1) practical for your lifestyle, (2) scientifically supported, and (3) family and/or socially oriented.
Education and Work Background
Dr Williams has completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a Conjoint Lecturer with the University of Newcastle. He has completed specialised training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Couples Therapy, and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
In his role as a Conjoint Lecturer Dr Williams is an active cognitive scientist. His research focuses on how recent performance affects future performance, and how emotions and illness interact with these phenomena.
Dr Williams takes a practical approach to therapy. His communication style is direct, kind, and simple. His therapeutic approach draws heavily on the science of behaviour and learning, memory systems, neuropsychology, family systems, and social psychology. He believes change stems from the successful integration of a client’s self-understanding with his own expertise. Strategies that do not utilise a client’s self-understanding will fail because they overlook the family, social, and emotional context in which problems exist.
Research and Awards
Dr Williams has co-authored over 10 scientific articles in international journals and has presented his research at national and international conferences. As an undergraduate, Dr Williams won the prestigious University Medal. He was also the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship and Keats Endowment Grant.
Dr Williams produces formal assessments for adults, children, and adolescents in the following areas:
- ADHD (child through adult)
- Learning disorders
- Behavioural (child and adolescent)
- Cognitive ability
- Disability support assessments
- Autism Spectrum Disorder /Asperger’s Syndrome (adult)
Dr Paul works: Tue 8am – 4pm, Wed 8am – 4pm, Thurs 8am – 4pm, Fri 8am – 4pm,