Dr Judy Bentley

Dr Judy Bentley is a qualified medical practitioner who has specialised in general adult psychiatry. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, addictions psychiatry and autism spectrum disorders, but her practice includes patients with the full range of psychiatric disorders and she remains dedicated to meeting each patient’s mental health care needs.

She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is a Fellow of the Colleges of Medicine in South Africa (specifically the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa). She is a member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists and the private practitioners’ association, PsychMG.

Dr Bentley graduated with a BSc in medical biochemistry in 1990, and with a bachelor of medicine and surgery in 1993, both degrees having been obtained at UCT. She then travelled to the UK and Zimbabwe, spending time gaining experience in general medicine, anaesthetics, medical journalism and motherhood before returning to South Africa to pursue her studies in psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry fellowship exams in October 2006 following which she worked as a specialist consultant psychiatrist in the State sector with people with neurodevelopmental disorders.

She obtained her Masters in Psychiatry in 2010 and left the state sector to enter private practice in 2011 during which she developed her additional areas of interest in eating disorders and addictions psychiatry.

Dr Bentley is committed to assessing her patients comprehensively and providing input in all areas of their lives that may be impacting on their mental health. This may include lifestyle interventions, medical assessment and treatment, options for psychotherapy and psychiatric medication if required. She is committed to a team approach when managing your mental healthcare needs and this may include referral and ongoing liaison with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

She continues to keep herself updated in general medicine and psychiatry through regular attendance at congresses, journal clubs and seminars. She is currently updating her therapeutic skills through a course in transactional analysis.

Degrees/Diplomas

  • BSc(med) in medical biochemistry (UCT) 1990
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) (UCT) 1993
  • FCPsych 2006
  • MMed (psych)(UCT) 2010
  • Diploma in periodical journalism