Begin your journey to healing
I am a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience providing counselling support in education, private and not-for-profit sectors. Using a client-centred approach, I help clients draw on their motivation for change, which allows for growth in response to life’s challenges.
I work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties such as education struggles, career transitions, relationship / family / parenting challenges, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, addictions, ADHD and learning difficulties.
Having studied many evidence based approaches, I am able to offer a range of strategies, according to each client’s individual needs. Some of my therapeutic approaches include cognitive behaviour therapy, psycho-education, acceptance & commitment therapy, emotionally focussed, mindfulness, interpersonal psychotherapy, internal family systems, somatic, polyvegal, art and play therapies.
Clients are assisted to become aware of and 'befriend' their anxious responses to stress, in order to re-learn how to experience life through a calmer and more confident self.
I work alongside clients to help them make sense of struggles, understand their difficult life circumstances and make positive changes. Types of issues clients seek help with include work burnout, family rifts, parenting, managing emotions, childhood trauma and self esteem issues, as well as addictions, empty-nest syndrome and mid-life challenges (for both men and women). I help clients find the growth potential in challenges (for example, through post-traumatic growth).
I use a strengths based approach, to help clients foster a self compassionate relationship with themselves. The 'third wave' of Psychology involves use of the mind/body awareness to recognise patterns related to stress reactions. Polyvegal theory can help us understand anxiety patterns and triggers. Awareness of one’s unique stress reaction patterns can often alter patterns of reactivity, allowing clients to respond to stress with healthier coping tools.
My interest involves how to use awareness of the body and use of strategies to harness the power of the breath and gentle movement to induce a felt sense of calm within the body, which helps to access the problem solving part of the brain.
Other areas of experience includes providing career counselling, career transitions and work planning. I have worked with students leaving school through to mature aged workers, in exploring their interests and skills and helping them plan their next chapter of study or work.
I am a full member of the AAPI (Australian Association of Psychologists) and have been a Psychologist registered with AHPRA for over 15 years. I am passionate about supporting people through life transitions, providing evidence-based Psychological therapy in a collaborative way.
My approach is one based on evidence and empathy, working together collaboratively with clients, to approach areas of life when feeling stuck. Anxiety & depression are often learned responses to life challenges. Through insight and skill building, clients learn to feel more able to cope with stress, relationship challenges, anxiety & depression.
Availability: Wednesday (day and evenings).
Other times maybe available via Telehealth also.
Face to face and online appointments available
Medicare rebates may be claimable if referred by a GP with a gap fee payable at time of session. Private health insurance rebates may also be applicable.