Ph.D. (Social Work), Post Graduate Diploma in Community Mental Health Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing

Name: Peter King

Profession: Clinical Lead, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse & Social Worker

New Referrals: 07 5646 3848

Service Location: Brighton, Gold Coast & Telehealth

Specialties: Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis, Substance-Related Disorders, and Clinical Supervision.

Approaches: Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged exposure therapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, and Psycho-education

Dr. Peter King is an experienced clinician and educator with over 25 years of experience in various public, community, and private mental health settings. Since 1993, Peter has worked in Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, DBT Programs, Psychotherapy, and as a Senior Executive in the health care and not-for-profit sector. Peter has consolidated this experience both in Australia and the USA through mentoring with Marsha Linehan’s company Behavioral Tech LLC, mentoring with the creator of Somatic Trauma Therapy – Babette Rothschild, leading clinical research, and has completed Ph.D. in the mental health field. He also recently completed Level 3 training in Radically Open DBT.

Peter’s current clinical practice is in his Private Practice, Essentia Health, via Telehealth in Melbourne & the Gold Coast, and develops mental health professionals through interactive workshops with a focus on safe trauma therapy approaches and the management of individuals with extreme emotion dysregulation. He completed his Ph.D. focused on Clinical Interventions for Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and extreme emotion dysregulation from which he has developed Stabilisation Based Therapy (SBT).

Peter has previously held positions as CEO of an Indigenous Charity, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Rural Mental Health, Senior Clinician/Acting Manager on a Psychiatric Triage Team, University Lecturer, Clinical Educator for Emergency Psychiatry Services and employment with the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Eating Disorders Unit & ECATT).

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD)
  • Asian Psychological Association (APsyA)
  • Australian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
  • Golden Key International Honors Society (GKIHS)


Lakeman, R., Hurley, J., Campbell, K., Hererra, C., Leggett, A., Tranter, R. and King, P. (2022), High fidelity dialectical behaviour therapy online: Learning from experienced practitioners. Int J Mental Health Nurs.

Lakeman, R., King, P., Hurley, J., Tranter, R., Leggett, A., Campbell, K. and Herrera, C. (2022), Towards online delivery of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: A scoping review. Int J Mental Health Nurs, 31: 843-856.

King, P. (2020). Trauma-Informed Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT-TI) Workbook. Melbourne, Vic: CMHE Publications.

King, P., & Martin, J. M. (2019). Access to Evidence-Based Services for Individuals With Borderline Personality Disorder. In Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Service Accessibility in Contemporary Society (pp. 155-176). IGI Global.

King, P. (2017) Effective interventions for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban and Social Sciences, RMIT University.

Sands, N., Elsom, S., Keppich‐Arnold, S., Henderson, K., King, P., Bourke‐Finn, K., & Brunning, D. (2016). Investigating the validity and usability of an interactive computer programme for assessing competence in telephone‐based mental health triage. International journal of mental health nursing25(1), 80-86.

King, P., Judd, F., & Grigg, M. (2001). A Model for Consultation Liaison Psychiatry in the Loddon Southern Mallee Region for Victoria Project Report. Bendigo: Bendigo Health Care Group Psychiatric Services.