MBBS (Hons), MSc (MedSci), BA (Hons) (Psyc), BSc (Biol), FRANZCP, Adv Cert Child & Adolec. Psych.
Dr Jeffrey Ball is a Consultant Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatrist who offers a psychotherapeutic approach to improving mental health in young people and their families. While Dr Ball can provide psychiatric assessment and management for a variety of conditions to people of all ages, his primary focus at Little Tree Practice is working therapeutically with adolescents around difficulties with depression, anxiety, struggles with sense of self, interpersonal conflicts, and/or past trauma. He is informed by psychodynamic, attachment-based, family, cognitive, behavioural, and other models of therapy in his approach to care. As well as offering brief and longer-term psychotherapeutic options, Dr Ball may recommend and can prescribe medication as an additional treatment, if indicated.
Each case is assessed at an individual and family level to determine what approaches seem most suitable. Dr Ball will establish a management plan in collaboration with the young person and family and can also liaise with external providers such as schools and/or other health professionals as appropriate.
Dr Ball has studied internationally in Canada and Australia and has a background in psychology and clinical research prior to pursuing his career in medicine and psychiatry. He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and his postgraduate psychiatry training primarily in South Eastern and Central Sydney. He completed Generalist Psychiatry training and Advanced Certification in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry in conjunction with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Member of the Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry within the College.
In addition to working in private practice, Dr Ball has extensive experience working in the public health system in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked in various capacities in a number of mental health services across Sydney Children’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Rivendell Family Mental Health Service, Adolescent Outreach, and others.