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Mr Christopher Basten

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Mr Christopher Basten

Clinical Psychologist

Basten and Associates, Clinical Psychologists

Every client is viewed as a special, unique person who has already come far in life and can change how they grow in the future. Chris aims for excellence in every step taken with a client. This includes using evidence-based treatments (those interventions with known effectiveness from research).


  • Suite 301, 151-155 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, Sydney NSW 2145 02 9891 1766 PHONE 02 9891 1766
  • Suite 1014, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 PHONE 02 9891 1766 02 9891 1766
  • Suite 502A, 282 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, Sydney NSW 2067 PHONE 02 9891 1766 02 9891 1766


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Online Video Consultations 
  • Individual therapy and counselling for adolescents and adults.
    Psychological assessment and testing.
    (Other psychologists in the same practice work with children and adults)

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Cancer Support, Depression, Disability, Eating Disorders, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Life Threatening Illness, Pain / Rehabilitation, Phobias, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Stress Management  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented

    Chris essentially practices humanistic counselling, focusing on the individual's life pathway thus far and their current emotional state.

    His main therapeutic orientation is cognitive-behavioural (CBT), knowing that this powerful mode of therapy has the most support for effective outcomes from international research.


    • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - University of NSW
    • M Psychology - University of Sydney
    • Ph.D - University of Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association for Cognitive & Behaviour Therapy
    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    * Commitment to evidence-based practice
    * Adhering to APS ethics guidelines
    * Chris maintains professional development regularly (he is a member of the Clinical College APS)


    Chris has enjoyed working with his clients in different settings for over 16 years. He has a particular interest in Eating disorders.


    Monday to Friday 8:30 to 6:30
    Last appointment 4:30 or 5:30
    (depending on the day)

    Online Therapy available.

    Transport and Parking

    Westmead: Near Westmead station; wheelchair access; Parking on site or nearby carparks.
    City: Near Town Hall and St James stations; Parking available (hourly charge)
    Chatswood: Free parking (3-hour limit) at Westfield carpark.


    While there is a standard fee of $160.00 per session, fees are variable, with rebates through medicare and private health insurers, with whom we are registered.

    Payment Options

    Etfpos, Visa, MasterCard, Cheque.

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    10 Questions with Christopher Basten

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I have always had an interest in the human condition - what it means to think and feel. This extended to wanting to understand why some people think and feel differently ina way that causes them pain.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Humanistic psychology - especially the idea that we can help others when we focus on them as a individual whose life events have shaped them uniquely and who deserves as much respect as anyone else.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • One part of the human journey that is central to my work is the of adolescence to adulthood. This is when most emotional problems have their onset (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotional dysregulation). It is also a time when our sense of identity or self is being crystalised, so it is crucial to have a healthy transition. This is not always possible, though. When I work with adults, we usually need to explore what messages they picked up along the way and undo some bad learnings that happened earlier.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use approaches that are known to work but only select a treatment for a person after a thorough assessment. So for panic attacks and phobias and loss of confidence, CBT has the best results from international studies. For bulimia nervosa CBT is usually the treatment of choice, but research suggests that Dialectical behaviour therapy and Interpersonal psychotherapy can also be helpful for some people. For depression - the approach depends on the sub-type of depression that you have and there are several subtypes. Make sure you have a thorough assessment with your clinical psychologist before the therapy starts. Be wary of clinicians who (a) are not fully trained and (b) decide what treatment they use before they have done an assessment.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That can occur very early but for many it takes several weeks. As long as they feel understood and that the clinical psychologist is working hard to understand them, some progress is being made.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I have learned a lot about courage, love and patience from my clients. I do 'practice what I preach' (at least sometimes).
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • A sense of helping others and seeing people do amazingly brave things with their anxieties and distress.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Not enough hair on the old head to worry.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Withering reduction in substantial connectedness in communities. We are all too individualistic. We then focus on short-term and self-focused outcomes. That means we take things personally and get too distressed about things while at the same time we have lost connections and a sense of communal support.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The weather makers (book) by Tim Flannery. It will change how you live and think about the environment.
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    Mr Christopher Basten

    Christopher Basten

    Clinical Psychologist

    Chris has a particular interest in working with adolescents with eating disorders. He has authored research articles and presented at conferences on this topic. He also runs workshops for psychologists on treating Eating Disorders.

    Chris essentially practices humanistic counselling, focusing on the individual's life pathway thus far and their current emotional state. His main therapeutic orientation is cognitive-behavioural....

    • Westmead, Sydney, Chatswood
    • CBT, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented