Ballarat Psychiatry Group

Dr Sonia Ghai Dr Sonia Sharma Ghai

Consultant Psychiatrist 

Dr Sonia Ghai is a consultant general adult psychiatrist with extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors.

Dr Ghai completed her undergraduate degree in medicine as well as postgraduate qualifications in Psychiatry from Mumbai, India. Since moving to Ballarat in 2005, she worked in the public mental health system across a range of community, inpatient and rehabilitation settings. During this time she attained her fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Ghai endeavours to provide quality and evidence based individualised treatment through a detailed assessment process. The focus of treatment is holistic, eclectic and is based on both psychotherapy and medications for a wide range of psychiatric disorders from age 17 years and up. She has over 20 years of experience in treating various psychiatric and psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), psychosis/ schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder.

Dr Ghai provides both psychotherapy as well as skill based psychotherapeutic treatments in the form of Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT) Mindfulness etc.

Dr Ghai has a special interest in perinatal psychiatry and women's mental health, co-morbid medical and psychiatric disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Dr Ghai has been involved in teaching undergraduate students in psychiatry and is currently a Senior Lecturer with Deakin University.

In her personal time, Dr Ghai enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, reading, watching documentaries and listening to music.


Dr Rajul Tandon Dr Rajul Tandon

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Tandon is a consultant general adult psychiatrist with over 21 years experience working in both the public and private sectors.

Dr Tandon completed his graduate medical training (MBBS) and postgraduate training in psychiatry (MD) from King George Medical University, Lucknow, India and has special interest in psychiatric research. He has worked as a senior research fellow for 4 years prior to taking over as a consultant psychiatrist at Ballarat Health Services in 2004. Apart from the primary clinical work, Dr Tandon was also actively involved in various service improvement activities. Dr Tandon still continues his role part time as a psychiatrist at Ballarat Health Services as a VMO.

During his time working at Ballarat Mental Health Services, he attained his Fellowship in Psychiatry with Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (FRANZCP). Dr Tandon has extensive experience in treating a wide array of clinical psychiatric conditions in adults including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, post-traumatic disorders, brief psychosis, schizophrenia, delusional disorder and personality disorders.

In his personal time, Dr Tandon likes to read about historical geology, running and spending time with family and friends.