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 – the highest level of qualification possible for a psychologist in Australia. He has also undertaken additional training on the management of illicit drug use in sport, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, separated families, couples therapy (Gottman method), and mindfulness for wellbeing and performance. Dr Williams was previously employed in research and teaching roles at the University of Newcastle, and maintains this affiliation through ongoing research projects. His PhD research focused on how the thoughts and behaviour of depressed and non-depressed people are influenced by recent events – especially recent success and failure.
Dr Williams takes a practical approach to therapy. 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. For those interested in the technicalities, he draws from styles including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR and approaches stemming from attachment theory. With older adolescents and adults he also draws on mindfulness-based approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He believes that many of these seemingly different approaches have similar working mechanisms – so they can often compliment each other.
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: Wed 8am – 4pm, Thurs 8am – 4pm, Fri 8am – 4pm, Sat 8am – 4pm