My clinical work is underpinned by academic and clinical training, continued study, supervision, life experience and my own long-term analysis. I am committed to helping people recover from internal psychic pain in order to enjoy a deeper sense of themselves and their relationships.
Over the last ten years I have worked in psychiatric facilities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, eating disorder clinics, schools, NSW Corrective Services and in various clinical settings.
Along with a degree in Social Science, I have undertaken undertaken extensive postgraduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals, children, adolescents and groups.
With my extensive experience comes accreditation as a Clinical Member with the Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).
I have a particular interest in attachment relationships and relational trauma from the perspective of interpersonal neurobiology. My work is strongly informed by post Jungian psychology, the Conversational Model of Psychotherapy, Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Relational psychotherapy and Rogerian Client Centred counselling.
My practice is located in Austral, and is part of a multi disciplinary allied health team. There is ample free parking and public transport is reasonably convenient and accessible.
Where your fear is - there is your task
Are you struggling with a new transition in your life, such as divorce/separation, becoming a parent, children leaving home, newly retired or the death of a loved one?
Do you engage in self-sabotaging behaviours?
Do you experience fears and phobias from past traumas and losses?
Are you experiencing signs of depression and or anxiety, such as isolation, change in appetite, sleeplessness, extreme tiredness, overwhelming fears, poor concentration and/or a loss of interest in important areas of your life?
Do you mask anxiety and depression with alcohol, sedatives, eating, over exercising or other soothing behaviours?
Are you constantly pleasing others at the expense of your own values?
Have you experienced a similar ‘theme’ of problems in relationships?
A person’s early relationships can be less than psychologically and emotionally nurturing. It is often said that ‘anything less than nurturing is neglect’. Whilst caregivers often have the best intentions in raising their children – due to their own 'less than' satisfying upbringing – it is sometimes very challenging to provide the emotional and psychological nurturing that best supports a child’s complete development.
An individual’s early relationships with parents/caregivers has lasting impacts on psychological and relational development. Often these less than nurturing experiences become dysfunctional patterns and leak into our behaviours and relationships; becoming patterns of relating to self and others. These patterns often give the sense of ‘something not quite right”.
If this is familiar to you, short or long-term psychotherapy can provide you the opportunity to process your past and current experiences. Psychotherapy allows the space for exploration of the unconscious compensatory behaviours that have led to problems in your life. Psychotherapy cannot change your past experiences; however, it can reduce the pain and dysfunction that is caused from this history. The psychotherapeutic process creates change through awareness.
My goal is to help ease your emotional discomfort and pain, and to build an inner assurance towards a brighter approach to life. I specialise in short term counselling for life’s crisis, or longer-term psychotherapy.
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration. I work with individuals, couples, and adolescents. My sessions offer you a confidential, warm, emotionally containing and non-judgmental space.
I work with you by exploring your relational patterns, to help you to better understand your inner life and the dynamics you bring to relating with others. Together, we will safely examine repetitive behavioural and relational patterns that exist in your life- patterns that have led to dissatisfying, and or, broken relationships.
The primary emphasis on our work together is to provide you with a space to gain deeper insight into your experiences, behaviours and relationships. You begin to observe your feelings, thoughts, behaviours and your relationships in an increasingly different light. This awareness provides the opportunity for integration and processing of past and current experiences, enabling you to make decisions that enhance your life.
My clinical experience is in the following areas for adults, adolescents, and couples:
Working in schools providing adolescent counselling
Addiction and substance dependence
Anxiety and depression
Loss and grief
Trauma (Relational and Post traumatic stress)
General mental health issues
Chronic/acute pain and illness management
Individuals wanting to explore the purpose and meaning of their life.
One day or day one. You decide.
0418 400 137
Suite 3, 280 Edmondson Avenue, Austral NSW 2179