Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Counsellor
B.Soc.Sci (Psych), GDip (Psych), MPsych (Counselling)
I am a Psychologist who brings a warm, empathetic, collaborative, engaged and emotion focused approach to working with adolescents (16+) and adults.
I have been working in community mental health since 2013 and have a breadth of experience - having worked within private practice, high school, university, hospital and sub-acute psychiatric settings. I have experience supporting individuals better manage and overcome a wide variety of mental health difficulties - including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma, relationship and social issues, self-esteem, grief and loss and weight management concerns.
The focus of my research and thesis during my Master of Counselling Psychology program focused on developing a qualitative understanding of the bio-psycho-social factors that facilitate weight loss and weight loss maintenance following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band) Surgery. I have an interest in supporting clients both before and post weight-loss surgery to develop support structures that have been identified as influencing attainment of weight loss goals.
I draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities in my feedback-informed, client-centred approach. I have undertaken extensive, specialised training with Dr Melissa Harte in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and am working toward becoming internationally accredited as an EFT practitioner. I highly value the opportunities EFT provides clients who are seeking to process past emotional injuries and make meaning of their emotional experiences.
I also utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) in work with clients. I have undertaken professional development in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and am able to provide DBT-informed therapy to support clients seeking to expand their skills in Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Feel free to contact me on 0400 665 936 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.