About Dr Sangeetha Makielan


Dr. Sangeetha Makielan


Cert.Child Adol.Psych

Child, Family & Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist



A specialist medical doctor with extensive specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry (Paediatric Psychiatrist), Dr. Sangeetha Makielan is passionate about working collaboratively with patients and offering a holistic approach to mental health.


Dr Makielan:


  • Brings over a decade of experience in psychiatry to her work with children, adolescents and adults including new mums. 

  • Having worked as Child & Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist  (staff-specialist) in public Hospitals including at Westmead Hospital currently runs a private practice with clinic in Sydney.

  • Strongly believes the treatment of children is best when it involves the entire family.

  • Focuses on psychotherapy, using medication only when appropriate and necessary.

  • Believes that the most effective therapy involves a tailor-made approach.

  • Passionate about early Intervention in mental health.



Training and Qualifications


Dr Sangeetha Makielan completed her postgraduate foundation medical training in the United Kingdom before training at the Maudsley in London, UK – the world’s oldest psychiatry institution. 


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

  • Accredited member of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FCAP)

  • Holds an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

  • Registered facilitator of the ‘Circle of Security’ Parenting Program. 

  • Registered facilitator for the ‘Tuning into Teens’ Parenting Program. 

  • Trained in autism diagnosis (ADOS-2 and ADI-R).

  • Extensive training in Psychotherapy. 

  • Registered Facilitator for Westmead Feelings Program 2


Dr Makielan’s Inclusive Practice


Dr Makielan embraces families from culturally diverse backgrounds. She has worked with remote indigenous communities, speaks Tamil and Hindi. While Dr Makielan generally only sees new patients under the age of 25 years and perinatal patients, she is happy to continue to provide care for existing patients into adulthood. This includes those patients who have been under the care of a Paediatrician until the age of 17.


She is also happy to see adult patients solely for psychotherapy

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Dr Makielan’s Special Interests

Psychotherapy (individual, parent-child, adult, family), Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Giftedness and twice-exceptionality, Play therapy, Infant and perinatal psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent psychiatry.

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