I began my a career as a Social Worker after witnessing the impact of the Aids epidemic. Interested in other cultures, I travelled widely, and lived in Japan, teaching English and learning the art of working with clay. After the difficult birth of my two daughters, I became interested in trauma and grief, and the far reaching effects of loss, drawing on my visual arts background to facilitate healing.
My journey has revealed my passion for learning about what it is to be a human being, how we can connect more deeply with ourselves, others, the environment, and increasing our sense of aliveness and choice. I have developed a trust in the human capacity for transformation, the power of connection, our ability to become aware, develop acceptance and self compassion.
I am focused on what gives meaning to our lives, and in understanding the parts within ourselves that have not yet had a voice. I am interested in exploring the ways in which our past experiences continue to influence us and providing support to unravel patterns that cease to serve us. I am deeply aware of our vulnerability as humans and the complexity of our lives. I honour our body/mind/spirit connection.
Committed to a trauma informed, empowering, and relational approach, I work in an experiential and collaborative manner. I provide a safe and confidential space to be heard and understood.
My areas of expertise include grief and loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression, relationships, adjustment, stress, trauma and chronic illness. I have also worked extensively with couples, carers as well as the veteran community.
I am accredited and bound by the ethics and professionalism of the AASW, and qualified as a clinical supervisor. I have provided training programs and education, for example, through my work with the Australian Grief and Bereavement Centre. I am able to access Medicare rebates through Better Access for Mental Health.
I hold a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Graduate Certificate in Family therapy, Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy and have specialised training in Emotionally Focused therapy, Sensorimotor therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Cognitive Processing therapy and CBT. My work is influenced by Buddhist psychology, attachment theory, neuroscience and mindfulness.
I look forward to connecting with you and discussing how I can support you.
I am currently at Thrive on Tuesdays