My therapeutic approach draws on a range of evidence-based psychological models, namely Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy including mindfulness. My work is also informed by psychodynamic theory, attachment theory and trauma theory.
Medicare provider (with specialist endorsement);
Approved Counsellor with Victims' Services (VS);
Approved Counsellor with Workcover;
Project Psychologist under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS).
Registered with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist by AHPRA;
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS);
Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society (APS);
Founding member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years' experience working with people presenting with many different difficulties. I hold a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree; a MA; a BA as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Family Therapy. I have received training in the Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Childhood as well as continued participation in ongoing professional development and skills training.
I have worked both in the public and private sectors, having started my extensive career working in a mental health team, then doing medico-legal assessments, which was followed by working in a hospital setting. My next position, where I remained for 12 years, was in a generalist multi-disciplinary counselling team offering services to children and adults. Much of my experience was developed in this setting, where I had the opportunity to work with children and adults from diverse ethnic and cultural groups who presented with a myriad of difficulties.
What became very apparent to me during this time was that human struggle knows no age, language or ethnic background. At the end of the day, we all endeavour to live the best lives we can live with the skills and resources we have or need to learn and develop.
I started my own private practice in Epping in early 2000.
I am a warm, insightful and supportive therapist, experienced at adapting my skills to suit each individual's needs and goals. I believe that careful, respectful, and nonjudgmental listening is essential. This provides a safe and therapeutic environment that assists clients to explore and develop an understanding of their internal cognitive and emotional experience, their sense of self and how these can interact to affect their experiences. This allows clients to learn and develop specific skills to manage the symptoms that they may be experiencing.