From a young age, I have been fascinated by people and how they relate to each other. Through observing the people around me I grew curious about why people behave the way they do. I came to recognise the importance of people being able to tell their story and experience “being heard” and this, along with my ability to ask the” difficult questions” fuelled my desire to pursue counselling via the study of Psychology.
I possess a Masters degree and am registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in the area of Counselling Psychology. I am recognised as a registered provider with Medicare and am a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Following completion of tertiary studies I commenced my professional career in a government agency but have subsequently worked predominantly for the non-government sector in the areas of drug & alcohol and mental health. I currently maintain a part-time position in the area of mental health on top of spending a few days per week in my private practice.
Whilst I happily employ short-term counselling techniques with clients, I am particularly passionate about medium to long-term therapy. This allows the clients to work at their own pace and enjoy the experience of having a safe place to explore their environment and learn new ways of being in the world and relating to others.
I have also spent some time developing skills in hypnosis and enjoy conducting hypnosis for its ability to leave people feeling relaxed and focussed. It supports the counselling work I do and gives clients an alternative to traditional talk-style therapy.
My clients are adults, whom I see either as individuals or couples. My counselling interests include (but are not exclusive to):
- relationship advice
- help with anxiety
- depression treatment
- stress (particularly work-related stress)
- anger management hypnotherapy
- interpersonal communication issues
- strategies for coping with impacts associated with FIFO employment
My initial approach is to do a thorough assessment including enquiring of the client what are their goals with regard to counselling. I then determine what approach will be most suitable to achieve the desired outcome. I generally try to give people practical strategies that they can use outside of our sessions.