Dr. Bonnie Purcell

London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital

The Geriatric Mental Health Program
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON  N6A 5W9
Telephone: (519) 685-8500, ext. 74767
Email: bonnie.purcell@lhsc.on.ca

Clinical interests: The GMHP consists of an inter-professional team designed to provide outpatient geriatric psychiatry consultation, assessment and treatment services to seniors, 65 years of age and older, and their families living in the London-Middlesex region. Office and/or home visits are available to our clients. I provide psychosocial and diagnostic assessment, cognitive/personality assessment, primarily individual psychotherapy (although group opportunities may be available), and consultations. I have a primarily cognitive-behavioural orientation to assessment and intervention, but will supplement with elements of interpersonal and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy, as appropriate. Consultations are usually diagnostic in scope, with recommendations (usually behavioural in nature) provided to the family physician, other community care providers, family, and/or long-term care staff. Teaching opportunities are also available to provide in-services to long-term care home on topics such as addictions, senior mental health, and personality disorders.

Topics for workshops, seminars: Geriatric mental health (dementia, delirium, depression)

Type of clinical practica: Advanced intervention

Types of clients: Senior

Modality: Individual

Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behav.; Behavioural; Interpers. process; Cognitive; Interpersonal 

Types of client problems: Adjustment disorder; Anxiety disorders, Bipolar & related disord.; Depressive disorders; Somatic symptoms & related disorders; Neurocognitive disorders; Personality disorders

Type of supervision you can provide: Student describes case to you; Co-therapy/Co-interview; You observe student live 

Recent students: K. Zhang (2015); D. Ladowski (2018) 

Current students: C. Cutler (2019) 

Clinical contact: Not Available

Research interests: My primary research interests focus on program evaluation (current projects are examining my CBT for depression group and the development of a database to examine the efficacy of the BRT), and addictions. 

Available to supervise: No


Last updated: May 21, 2019