David Cain is a highly-experienced psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field since 1972.

Education and experience

Starting out as a mental health nurse, David worked extensively in therapy programmes throughout the 1970s and 1980s before starting in private practice in 1996. He is a Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies and a Master of Applied Science in Communication Management.

Motivation

Since his earliest years as a mental health nurse, David has been driven by the desire to create some benefit for others, do something to help people and provide help to those who need it.

Breadth and depth

He works with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents and has long experience with drug and alcohol issues, as well as sexual dysfunction. David has many contacts with general practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Qualifications

As well as his academic qualifications and long years of experience, David is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse working under the Medicare Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme.

Cultural understanding

David has lengthy experience working with people from various cultural groups, and understands many of the issues specific to particular cultures and how they influence people.

Areas of special interest

David is particularly interested in individuals who have been given the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. This was his research topic at Deakin University. He has also spent a great deal of time working with inmates of NSW prisons.

Other areas of particular interest include the experiences of traumatic events and the impact of these upon an individual’s life, psychotic experiences, the various forms of anxiety and depressive conditions, men’s health and social issues.

Clinical supervision

David has also provided clinical supervision with other mental health workers for over 15 years. This is an essential component of any professional working with individuals with mental health problems or conditions.

In his own words

“I use an individually-based approach, after all, everyone’s different and has their own story. I’m not after instant diagnosis, I want to find a person’s needs, not label them or target them with a particular treatment. I look at the whole person.”