Dr Kate Mahony

Dr Kate Mahony is a Melbourne trained Clinical Neuropsychologist and a British-trained Clinical Psychologist with almost 20 years clinical experience in public and private settings in Australia and the UK.

Kate is experienced treating persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD), a physiological disorder that has psychological consequences. Here, Kate’s interest in the applied science of brain-behaviour relationships converges with her practice of evidence based psychological treatment.




Kate provides brief, focused cognitive behavioural therapy treatment (CBT) to people with psychophysiological conditions such as persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD). This is a syndrome in which patients feel persistently unbalanced and as though they are moving, despite being stationary.

PPPD can be triggered by, or can coexist with, other causes of dizziness, such as vestibular migraine or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. PPPD is classified as a chronic functional vestibular disorder, overlapping with functional neurological disorders (FND), in which symptoms are caused by changes to the functional connectivity of the brain, rather than structural changes.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological approach for treating PPPD and FND. It involves using cognitive techniques (new ways of thinking about the symptoms) and behavioural techniques (new ways of behaving in the presence of the symptoms). By responding differently to the symptoms, ie., rather than trying to stop them, experiencing them with a new understanding and behavioural approach, the connection between threat perception and physical symptoms fades, which in turn reduces the intensity of the symptoms.

Our outcome data with more than 120 people with PPPD demonstrates a significant reduction in symptoms and related disability following brief and focused CBT, and lasting or further improvements at 6 to 12 month follow-up. These results have replicated published clinical research by Sydney clinical psychologists and neurologists, Edelman et al (2012).


Referring clinicians are neurologist/neuro-otologists such as Dr John Waterson from The Alfred Hospital and Cabrini, and Dr Luke Chen from The Alfred Hospital and Neurology Network.

Please note that referrals will not be accepted unless a firm diagnosis of PPPD or FND has been made by a neurologist.

Neurologist referrals can be sent to the below addresses, or email info@drkatemahony.com


Eastbourne House
62 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne 3002

Lyttleton Street Medical Clinic
64 Lyttleton Street
Castlemaine 3450

Neurologist referrals can be sent to the above addresses, or email info@drkatemahony.com