B.Ed (Primary), M.Ed, G.Dip.Psych, B.Soc.Science (Psych Hons)
The care I show in my work begins with a deep curiosity about the ways the unconscious reveals itself, in others as well as in myself. Over my years of practice, I’ve come to deeply trust in the psyche’s capacity to move towards healing if given the right conditions. In this way, I believe that regardless of what approach or intervention I use, it is the co-created space of the therapeutic relationship that can be the container or crucible for change and transformation. As such, my full presence as a fellow human is deemed paramount. I endeavour to walk beside rather than ahead of those I work with… acting as a guide rather than an “expert”. I aim to “be with” rather than “do to”.
Broadly, this standpoint demands of me that I not only engage in regular professional supervision but that I maintain a strong commitment to my own personal work.
My approach is homeopathic (paradoxical), client-centred and systemic. I tend to encourage a befriending and respectful observance of symptoms and problems, a “going with” rather than a fighting against. I generally don’t set the agenda but instead privilege a client’s choices and appreciate what maturation and recovery looks like for them. Using a systemic lens, the context of a person’s life (family, community and culture) is fully acknowledged rather than focussing on the individual as the “problem”.
Another mainstay of the way I work centres around supporting individuals to build trust in their own capacities to be able to manage and regulate all of their emotions in the face of whatever life may throw in front of them. This is developed, I believe, by getting “good at feeling” rather than relentlessly pursuing “feeling good”.
At this place and at this time on the planet, my offering is to be an unflinching witness to whatever my clients are experiencing.
I offer help for:
Addictions (substance and process), Anger, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Divorce and Separation, Depression, Family Violence, Food/Body related issues, Grief and Loss (Death and other), Life Transitions, Parenting and Co-parenting, Relationship Issues (Intimate and other), Sexual Abuse, Sexual Health/Sexuality, Shame, Stress, Trauma.
I work with couples and individuals over 18 years of age and I am registered to provide services under the Better Access to Mental Health (Medicare) Scheme and Private Health Insurance where applicable.