Dr Nicola Petzl

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Nicola Petzl is a consultant psychiatrist specializing in Adult General psychiatry at Westside Medical Specialists. She also works in Queensland Health as a clinical lead in a multi-disciplinary community mental health team.

Dr Petzl graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2012. She had also previously completed a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Art (Hons I) and Master of Philosophy degrees at UQ. She worked as an historian before embarking on her medical career. After graduating in Medicine, she completed her internship at Ipswich Hospital and achieved Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2019 after training at Ipswich Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, working across a diverse range of settings including Emergency Department and Community settings.

Dr Petzl accepts referrals for all Adult General Psychiatry matters and has extensive experience treating a wide range disorders, including anxiety, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders, and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. She has special interests in helping patients to cope with grief and loss, and in the area of the mental health impacts of physical illness, particularly chronic pain. She adopts an evidence-based approach to treatment and considers each patient wholistically, including their life circumstances and any medical comorbidities. Dr Petzl always strives to work collaboratively with patients. Dr Petzl is well versed in the medical management of mental illness but also understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship and has experience in a range of psychological therapies including CBT and psychotherapies.

She undertakes Item 291 Assessments.