Holistic treatment for mental health
We are a medical clinic in Pymble focused on providing holistic treatment for mental health conditions using both western and natural therapies that are supported by research. Our treatments aim to correct underlying factors that may be contributing to mental health symptoms.
Over the last 50 years there has been a significant increase in the number people suffering from psychiatric illness and the underlying causes are still being discovered. There have been a number of changes in society that could contribute to this increase, such as longer working hours and life stresses, reduced sleep time, and unhealthy processed diets.
Recent research is showing a link between mental health and the microbiome (intestinal bacteria), showing that individuals suffering these conditions may have some different bacteria and with less diversity compared to healthy individuals.
Mental health is more effectively treated holistically, combining medication and counselling with natural approaches, such as sleep, exercise, and diet.
At our clinic we focus on the holistic treatment of mental health, and one of our treatment strategies is to improve the microbiome diversity with diet and supplements.
Meet Dr Derakshan
M.B.,B.S., B.Optom. (Hons), FRACGP
Dr Vafa Derakshan
Dr Derakshan developed an interest in the area of mental health and natural medicine through his training career after noticing the significant increase in people suffering from chronic conditions. He attained his fellowship in General Practice and completed rotations in psychiatry during his training. He founded HolisticMed Clinic to offer patients holistic treatment options for mental health.
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GP's (FRACGP)
Bachelor of Optometry (Hons)
Primary Certificate in Nutritional and environmental Medicine - ACNEM
Certificate in Human Microbiome - University of Colorado/ UC San Diego
Microba Insights Course - Microba
Preceptorship Physicians Training Program for Lymes Disease - ILADS.
Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine - University of Queensland
For more information on our treatments, please see our Treatments page.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas Edison - 1903
At HolisticMed Clinic we provide scheduled appointments allowing for adequate time to really get to know you, to understand your background and condition.