About Dr Sangeetha Makielan


Dr. Sangeetha Makielan


Adv.Cert.Child Adol.Psych

Child, Family & Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Sangeetha Makielan is a medical doctor with extensive specialist training and almost 15 years of experience in psychiatry. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists with subspecialty training in children and adolescents. Dr Makielan has completed her advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is an accredited member of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FCAP).


After completing her medical degree, Dr Makielan completed her internship and her post-graduate foundation medical training in Northern Ireland, UK.  Foundation medical training was in the areas of General Medicine and Surgery, Cardiology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery. On completion of her foundation years, Dr Makielan commenced her specialist medical training at the Maudsley (oldest psychiatry institution in the world) in London, United Kingdom.  Dr Makielan worked at Maudsley Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and Bethlem Hospital in London before moving to Gold Coast. In Gold Coast, she worked at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital.


Her specialist training included experience working in a national children’s unit (UK),  Perinatal and infant mental health services and Child and adolescent mental health services, inpatient adult and old-age services, Acute care services, Early psychosis services, Consultation-Liaison services, rural and remote services in indigenous communities,  mobile intensive services and community adult psychiatry services.


Dr Sangeetha Makielan worked as a Child & Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist (staff-specialist) at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, where she was responsible for in-patient ward and training next generation of Psychiatrists and doctors. Dr Makielan now works in private practice. Dr Makielan has a wealth of experience working with complex presentations in acute settings. She has been working with children, adolescents and adults across the lifespan. She has worked with women and their families from pre-conception to pregnancy and the postnatal period,  completing a mental health assessment and individually tailored treatment options for them. Transition to parenthood can be a time when traumatic memories could be retriggered, making the job of parenting more challenging. She has supported parents with Parent-Infant Psychotherapy to promote an infant’s sense of security and parental bonding.


Dr Makielan is passionate about working collaboratively with patients and offering a holistic approach to treatment to achieve optimal outcomes for infants, children and their families. Treatment is built on mutual respect, responsibility, and commitment. Dr Makielan believes that she can best support the treatment of young children by ensuring the family has an understanding of comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment which would include biopsychosocial formulation. A comprehensive psychiatric assessment would always be aimed to address options for support and treatment that extend beyond just prescribing medications. 

Dr Makielan believes she can best support children and their families with early intervention coupled with optimally integrated psychotherapy and medication. Individual and family preferences and beliefs are always taken into consideration when making decisions about prescribing. 

Having lived and worked in different countries, Dr Makielan embraces cultural diversity and is experienced in working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including those from remote indigenous communities. She can speak Tamil language fluently. She is also conversant in Hindi.


Her special interests include psychotherapy (individual, parent-child), Giftedness and twice-exceptionality, family therapy, perinatal and infant psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry.


Dr Makielan is a registered facilitator of the ‘Circle of Security’ Parenting Program. She is also facilitator for 'Tuning into Teens' programme. She is trained in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R).



  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Anxiety

  • Academic Anxiety including HSC stress

  • Depression

  • ASD

  • ADHD

  • Complex Trauma

  • Gender Dysphoria

  • Giftedness & Twice Exceptionality

  • School Refusal

  • Psychosis, etc​

  • Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry

  • Antenatal depression

  • Postnatal depression

  • Postpartum Psychosis, etc.

  • Adjustment difficulties with pregnancy or parenting

  • Grief associated with fertility and perinatal loss

  • Parent-child relationships difficulties​

  • Psychotherapy 

  • Individual Psychotherapy including Play Therapy, etc

  • Parent-Child Psychotherapy

  • Adult Psychotherapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Play therapy

  • See psychotherapy for a complete list


Dr Makielan embraces families from culturally diverse backgrounds. She has worked with remote indigenous communities, and she speaks Tamil and Hindi. While Dr Makielan generally only sees new patients under the age of 18 years, she is happy to continue to provide care for existing patients into adulthood. She also is happy to see adult patients solely for psychotherapy.