Leaving school, I had a long list of career dreams, about 15 in total. Slowly I have worked my way through the list, with two to go. That’s meant I have worked in a variety of industries and settings. Government, Corporate and Non For Profit.
What matters to me, each and every day is and what I value the most about my work as a therapist is hospitality; being welcomed, attended to, supported, and encouraged.
My approach is eclectic and about as far from CBT as you can get. From learning the art of listening at Lifeline, I was drawn to Gestalt therapy, for its dynamic and active approach to therapy. Gestalt therapy is interested in the polarities we experience, how do we support ourselves and find agency in day to day life.
I am interested in and work with issues such as grief and loss, change, ageing, forgiveness and what does it mean to live a full life that allows both pleasure, satisfaction, joy as well as sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
In recent years, I have also found Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), schema therapy and more recently EMDR to useful tools for both me and clients to navigate whatever issue they bring to therapy.
Self-care is very important and because I believe that I can't help you if I'm not at the top of my game. I wont ask you to do anything that I don’t do myself. My spare time can include baking, perfecting the perfect curry, watching Netflix, swimming, massage, float tanks. Having studied somatic sexology, sex and pleasure are vitally important to me.
Methodologies: EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Areas of practice: Individual and couples counselling, sexual health, grief and loss, anger, trauma, and supervision.
The qualifications that are most relevant to counselling are:
Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy
Schema Therapy - Level 1
Dialetical Behavioural Therapy
Diploma in Somatic Sexology
Australian Counsellors Association
ACA College of Supervisors
Association for Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT)
Hours of Practice: Monday evenings and weekends
Contact Me: 0423 682 514 or send an inquiry via the 'contact' page.
Client intake: Currently taking on new clients (face-to-face and online)
Location: Port Macquarie NSW