I adopt a respectful approach to counselling, which acknowledges that people need to feel safe and validated before they can embark on the change process. I take the time to actively listen and grasp the uniqueness of each person, so that they feel cared for and the counselling is shaped to meet their individual needs. It is important to me to place the individual client context within a strong social justice framework.
Approved Counsellor with Victims Services; Medicare rebates available if referred by a GP under a Mental Health Plan. Psychological Support Services provider.
ACT, CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Schema Therapy
I have a particular interest in addressing the impact of discrimination and interpersonal violence on mental health. I am driven by a profound admiration for the tenacity and resilience of my clients and my belief in the capacity of individuals to overcome adversity and lead fulfilling lives.
I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but my current practice is influenced by Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Somatic Trauma Therapy (STT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). I am a full member of the EMDR Association of Australia (http://emdraa.org/?page_id=1259). I am currently undertaking training in Schema Therapy.
I am registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). This requires me to adhere to the AASW Code of Ethics and to undertake regular professional training and supervision. I also adhere to the National LGBTI Health Alliance's guidelines on Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients.
I have 20 years' experience providing counselling in hospitals, community health centres, courts and crisis lines as well as private practice.
My experience has taught me that poor mental health is often strongly related to social injustice and systemic problems rather individual factors alone. I value and welcome diversity and strive to make my practice culturally-safe.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Newtown: The practice is on King Street, near Missenden Road, ten minutes walk from Newtown train station. There is a bus stop at the front and time-limited free parking on nearby side streets.
$136 per hour (plus GST).
No payment required if approved for counselling by Victims Services or the CESPHN Psychological Support Services Scheme.
$180 per hour (plus GST) for sessions funded by third parties.
Cash or internet transfer.
Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor
I have extensive experience in creating partnerships with my clients to help them mobilise their strengths and improve their quality of life. I believe in the capacity of people to bring about meaningful change in their lives and I value the opportunity to support clients on this journey. I realise that it is often small changes that have the biggest impact.