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Dr Mark Sykes
Psychologist

Dr Mark Sykes is registered psychologist who specialises in these four areas:

1. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD

2. Anxiety / depression

3. Grief and loss

4. Relationship counselling

 
Appointments

Bookings can be made on (07) 3411 5445 and appointments are available from Monday to Saturday.

Professional background

Dr Sykes has been in private practice since 2005 and has been a lecturer and Research Fellow at Griffith University. His professional background includes lecturing at QUT (Business), Griffith University (Psychology) and Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC). Mark’s PhD focused on developing a leading edge treatment for an anxiety disorder (emetophobia). Dr Mark Sykes is the principal psychologist at Gecko House.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dr Mark Sykes is an educator who is willing to give talks to community groups (schools, carers groups, organisations) about identifying and treating OCD.  Dr Sykes has a small presentation that is targeted specifically at schools.  Presentations to schools (lunch or after hours) are free. Approximately 2% of school children will develop OCD.  On average symptoms will emerge around the age of 11 years and slowly increase in severity.  For a presentation please enquire by email (mark@geckohouse.com.au).

OCD carers group is commencing 2018.  This is a 90 minute support on a group facilitated by Dr Sykes.  If you are a carer of a person with OCD then email or SMS Dr Sykes on 0416157751.  Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided for this free once a month community service.

If you are interested in understanding more about the treatments, symptoms, causes of OCD then read the OCD blog regarding the latest research in OCD that has been published in peer review journals.

Registrations and Memberships

  • AHPRA Psychologist Registration PSY0001654204
  • Australian Psychological Society (Assoc MAPS #029528)
  • Registered Civil Celebrant

Fees

A standard fee of $160 per hour applies to all counselling sessions. Medicare and private health insurance rebates may apply. Bulk billing is available for valid Commonwealth concession holders and people in financial distress. While most sessions are strictly one hour, the initial session for relationship counselling is two hours and then one hour thereafter.

Publications and conference presentations

Sykes, M., Boschen, M. J., & Conlon, E. G. (2015). Comorbidity in emetophobia (specific phobia of vomiting): Emetophobia comorbidity. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, doi:10.1002/cpp.1964

Sykes, M; Gillespie, BM; Chaboyer, W & Kang, E. (2014) Mapping Team Membership in Surgery: Implications for Staff Allocation and Coordination. AORN Journal

Gillespie, BM; Chaboyer, W; Sykes, M; O’Brien, J & Brandis, S. (2013) Development and Pilot Testing of a Patient-Participatory Pressure Ulcer Prevention Care Bundle. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Sykes, M., Boschen, M.J, Conlon, E. (2013). Finding of an online emetophobia treatment study. European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) Conference. Morocco.

Sykes, M., Boschen, M (2012) Seven lessons learned implementing an online CBT treatment. Stepping up Symposium. Melbourne.

Sykes, M., Boschen, M (2011) Preliminary results of an internet treatment for emetophobia. Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Conference. Gold Coast.

Sykes, M., Boschen, M (2010) European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT). Internet based treatments for emetophobia. Milan

Sykes, M. Team Building strategies. (1999) Second International Conference on Quality Management. Melbourne.