Specialising in treatment of psychological trauma, anxiety & depression, personality disorders.
I am a highly qualified, association-registered psychotherapist with over 17 years of experience in helping people to reduce psychological suffering by improving their mental health and implementing change in their lives.
I became attracted to psychotherapy (literally “healing of the soul”) because of its potential to transform a person’s life which I have experienced though 10 years of training in different psychotherapeutic approaches and my own on-going personal work. My professional and personal experience has convinced me that careful tending to people in a therapeutic environment and on-going commitment to their well-being enable people not just to recover from disruptions in their psychological development or from the impact of adverse experiences but to live up to their human potential. I find it extraordinary rewarding to be there in therapy, both as a process and a relationship that enables healing and vital living.
I am committed to providing a safe and respectful therapeutic environment where I can join with you in working out your personal answers to life difficulties. Our engagement will occur in deeply personal conversations that engage all aspects of your being through which, together, we will aim to piece together and to make sense of your various experiences so that we can identify and work through the sources of your difficulties.
I firmly believe that a therapeutic process, when allowed to unfold at your unique pace, has a potential to transform your painful experiences into an embodied sense of a full, rich life with deepened capacities for accessing a wide range of experiences, for emotional regulation, self-reflection and responsible action.
If you have a diagnosed mental illness, your GP can refer you to a mental health practitioner who will charge Medicare for up to 10 sessions for you per calendar year. Depending on the nature of your issues, you may find that 10 sessions is not enough to bring about a lasting change or healing. This is because we tend to organise our lives from our responses to life experiences. Many of such responses, particularly to early childhood and adverse experiences, are encoded in the emotional brain and memory systems that are beyond the reach of the cognitive brain and so cannot be modified by challenging irrational cognitions. A lasting change requires an incremental therapeutic experience that involves working through our ideas, feelings and bodily sensations within the holding frame of a therapeutic relationship. Trust that such work requires takes time to build. While it is likely to take longer than 10 sessions, such therapy is an investment into your emotional well-being that tends to have a flow-on positive effect on all areas of your life.
My rates are competitive so you may find them to be considerably lower than what you would be expected to pay after the initial 10 sessions funded by Medicare.
Confidentiality is another factor to consider. Visits to a psychotherapist are not part of your health records and would suit those who need total confidentiality. Please note that my practice is managed according to the Code of Ethics of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). I am committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the national privacy principles of the Amendment Act of 2014 of the Privacy Act of 1998.
Just like any new relationship, the therapy process involves a “getting to know you” period. I normally suggest that we meet for three initial sessions before you decide if I a, the right therapist for you. This will also allow me to form a tentative understanding of your challenges that I will share with you in the third session when I will be in a position to let you know if I can be of assistance to you. If you choose me as your therapist, we will make an agreement about frequency, time and location for our meetings, as well as your fees.
No, I am a non-medicating therapist. If necessary, I can refer you to a medicating clinician. If you wish, you may continue in therapy with me while seeing a medicating clinician.
Yes, I work on Saturdays by appointment