I have 30+ years experience helping INDIVIDUALS and COUPLES with their problems. My practice is in a peaceful and private setting. It is my privilege and vocation to help people.
In the past 12 years, I have been in private practice. I see clients as individuals and as couples. Sometimes other family members have also been involved in the counselling process. Problems have been as varied as the people who have them.
I have brought to my practice the wide experience I have gained in my first 20 years being employed in various organisational settings.
My own life experience, which has had its share of problems, drama and emotion, and the lives of people I have known, also allow me deeper levels of understanding and compassion. Life is a great teacher.
I have always continued my professional development by completing many shorter courses and attending lectures.
I am a full member of the Australian Psychology Society and a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency.
My Private Practice consists of both Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Counselling - Using various therapeutic techniques assists the client to resolve currently presenting life issues, the focus is on solving and/or management of life problems and gaining knowledge and skills to live a happier, less stressed, more fulfilling life.
Frequently clients report that their involvement in the counselling process has created a heightened sense of self-worth and an ability to better tackle ongoing life issues.
Psychotherapy – helps individuals to explore and understand their inner world better. It focuses on personality issues and childhood and formative experiences which have an influence on adult functioning. Psychotherapy looks at patterns of thinking, emotion and behaviour which when understood can allow a person to relate differently to their world in general, not just in the specific problematic situation. It facilitates new more beneficial life habits and supports healing and change at a fundamental level.
Individual Counselling and Therapy will help with many problems including:
Marriage and couple counselling and mediation help couples negotiate common ground when communication between them is not working or has broken down.
Couples are assisted to better understand themselves and their partner and the situation. They are helped to re-establish intimacy and improve their sex life. Couples can learn new and better ways of relating, establish new habits, find solutions for what might have felt to be unsolvable problems. and how to achieve maximum happiness for each individual as well as for the couple.
I work with heterosexual and same-sex couples.
Frequent problem areas include:
When we are experiencing distress it is easy to lose touch with our inner strength and wisdom. I foremost try to reconnect you with this strength and wisdom.
My main approach to counselling is from a Cognitive Behavioural Perspective that is, I work to help you identify patterns in your thinking and behaviour and to determine how these affect your life. New habits may need to be established.
Some of these patterns may originate in childhood or be the result of what has happened in earlier life, hence be very entrenched. These need to be examined and decisions need to be made as to what changes need to occur and how to make these changes happen.
I work from a Humanistic Client Centred Existential Framework to examine and solve the presenting problems. Deep-seated issues often require a more psychoanalytic approach.
I draw from many therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, Reality Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Phototherapy (and others) to create interventions that are unique to the client.
No two clients are the same, therefore I believe therapy should be personalised.
Therapy is a creative process developed in the synergy between the psychologist and the client.
Therapy is a process of change, not just one of talking.
This is a structured approach to improving your relationship.
This course of therapy is suitable couples wishing to: