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  • Rebecca Anderson
    I want to help people to understand why they feel and behave the way they do. When people understand *why* they do something, they have the awareness and power to change things and move from just surviving, to thriving. ...
  • Giulia Fiore
    I was working in Marketing and Public Relations when I realised that I wasn't fulfilled and needed a career change. Travelling I came across coaching and found my passion. Helping others is incredibly fulfilling and gives me meaning in life. I am extremely passionate about learning methods to improve wellbeing, enhance performance and build stronger relationships. ...
  • Nathan Dick
    As a manager, leader, parent, uncle and partner over the last 20 years I have found people often seeking me out for advice and support with the challenges of life. After many suggesting that I take up a career in counselling and psychotherapy I finally made the decision to do so. ...
  • Mairead Cleary
    I have been working with people in various capacities for 15 years. But 12 years ago I participated in a therapeutic process that caused a dramatic and life changing shift for me. That was it. I had found my calling. I came back again and again, year after year to support others participating in this process and in 2014 began training to be a facilitator while simultaneously training in Gestalt therapy....
  • Vassilka Dimitrova-Isbell
    I have always been interested in understanding the human condition. All my endeavors, all my studies, and everything I've done is related to that. On reflection, it seems that the profession of psychotherapy choose me. ...
  • Kate McMaugh
    I originally chose to study psychology as an 18 year old who was interested in "brains and behaviour" but I did not come from an academic family at all (I am the first person in my family to finish school) So I really had little idea what a psychologist did and I don't think I had ever met one! However it turned out that my choice, all those years ago, was a lucky one, as I love what I do. As I got older and more aware of my profession it was the mind-body connection and the huge potential of the human being to heal that really...
  • Stefan Durlach
    For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in how life works, its meaning and purpose, the why’s and how’s of existence. Philosophy, psychology, and spirituality deal with these issues, and psychotherapy integrates them all and applies them to actual lives. Connected with this is a passion for following the oracle at Delphi’s dictum of ‘know thyself’, a fascination with reaching my human potential through an exploration of my internal world, which would enable me to offer this process to other people. I am very...
  • Robyn Price
    Psychotherapy eventually found me. The seed was planted many years ago as I recovered from a bout of depression in my university days. The catalyst for recovery was a creative dance class run by a woman who would become one of Australia's Dance Therapy pioneers, Hanny Exiner. Through her classes, I discovered the healing power of movement, creativity and connection. I continued to dance, study and teach dance, at the same time as building a career in marketing communications, I began my Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) training in 2002....
  • Natalie Incledon
    I love people, their stories, struggles, triumphs and individual characters and personalities. I find nothing more rewarding than seeing my clients improve in their wellbeing. ...
  • Nick Batty
    I have always had a strong interest in human behaviour, and in 2013 I followed my passion and commenced the pathway to become a Psychologist....
  • Nigel Bailey
    I have always been fascinated by human psychology and behaviour. I worked in the creative industry for many years where this was regularly interpreted and applied from a very particular perspective. Increasingly, I found my attention turning towards a more human-centred and empathic interpretation of human needs, in alignment with my sustainable design objectives. From this, direct engagement as a therapist became the logical conclusion. I returned to university as a (very) mature student and have never looked back....
  • Donald Marmara
    I was motivated to train as a somatic psychotherapist following my own experience of anxiety and depression, and the frustration I felt with my lack of success in overcoming them via limited methods of counselling and psychotherapy. My search for healing led me to London, where I discovered a form of psychotherapy called somatic psychotherapy, or body psychotherapy, and by having individual sessions myself I was able to transform my life....
  • Megan Haire
    While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficulties first hand or through close friends, I became interested in what makes some people vulnerable and other people resilient in the face of hardship. The outback experience heightened my awareness of the issue of isolation, both geographical and emotional, and how important human connection is in keeping us sane and happy. After my local community suffered a series of suicides during a drought, I wanted to do something to help make a difference to the lives of...
  • Pam Danson
    I have been so lucky to witness and be inspired by truly gifted teachers demonstrating models which are not only magical but incredibly transparent and made me feel – this is do-able. Initially I was invited to a group by a friend and felt like I'd come home. Over time it has become my vocation that sustains, intrigues and fascinates me. It provided and provides me with tools and attitudes that nurtures a way to be in a crazy and beautiful world. Via my peer, client and mentoring relationships, I am continually in awe of the...
  • Jim Filshie
    A combination of things have led me here: my deep interest in engaging with and getting to know others, my increasing understanding of how the world and society impacts positively and adversely on people, my fascination with the words and work of those who have understood that truly helping people doesn't mean telling them what to do or even gently nudging them in certain directions, but in giving them the conditions that will help them to chart their own course. ...
  • Penny Downy
    After many years working in different caring fields and undergoing my own in-depth personal therapy and reaping the rewards of this, I decided to 'live my passion' and study psychotherapy and counselling. Through my work I am able to utilize my calm, inquisitive and positive nature, professional education and ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and a wealth of lifetime of experiences. I believe that each individual has the ability to heal themselves. It is my privilege to accompany them on this journey, help them identify their...
  • Alexandra Page
    I grew up with a vision impairment and received support for a number of helping professionals, this I think inspired in me an appreciation for the benefit of helping others. ...
  • Chris Chicoteau
    Having for as long as I remember an ability to help people make sense of and respond to life's challenges I decided to make a career of it. ...
  • Karen Rushbrook
    I began my career as a teacher and quickly realised that children and adolescents need a more holistic approach to their well-being. Often, children who struggle at school have other issues in their lives that impact their ability to learn or to fit in with the school system. I believe the same as Einstien who says "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid"....
  • Natajsa Wagner
    Becoming a psychotherapist was actually a career change for me. My background prior to this was working in the corporate sales sector. I began my journey in psychotherapy when I started to ask the big questions: What am I doing with my life? Is what I am doing making me happy? Who am I really? As I started my training and started to find the answers to those questions, I discovered that this was the work I was meant to be doing!...
  • Mark McMahon
    I have been a listener and observer all of my life, and find that fits well with the values of trust, empathy and compassion needed when in the privileged position of working with clients. I am passionate believer that people deserve to enjoy optimum mental health and wellbeing....
  • Jonathan Tandos
    Most of my life people have been coming to me to share their stories and issues. In my first experience as a client in counselling I felt very inspired and began to consider whether I wanted to be a therapist myself. When I first started studying psychology it fit me, which was in stark contrast to what I'd studied before. It feels like its genuinely me....
  • Gregg Palmer
    My own personal journey through the landscape of trauma and spirituality....
  • Carol Marando
    My own serious mental health issues (a result of early trauma) drove me to find a way to change and heal myself. After trying around 10 different therapists I finally found the right one for me at that time. Therapy was a life saver for me, giving me a way to understand myself and others. It allowed me to live a far more conscious existence, I felt like I had some control over my life for the first time. When I came to a point in my life where I needed a career change I had no doubt what I should do. I am so passionate about the...
  • Michelle Lin
    I had a hard childhood. It's a cliche I know. I shaped myself to fill that niche - to be what I would have wanted my therapists to be like. I specialise in attachment theory, trauma-informed practice, and diversity because that was the mix I needed....
  • Tim Clark
    In my work as a teacher, I was finding more and more that people (students and colleagues alike) would come to me seeking guidance on things other than curriculum. I found I really enjoyed helping people talk through their problems and they seemed to walk away feeling better. It just seemed a natural progression to do it full-time. ...
  • Lara Petrulis
    As I reflect on this question, I’m not sure if I can say that it was a definite choice that I made. Given my supportive family environment, it seemed a natural progression to continue offering care to others. I can remember as a young child facilitating discussions with my siblings - encouraging them to “communicate openly and express their feelings…” – I just needed to understand the theory behind the practice and perhaps refine my skills a tad! ...
  • Fenella Hansen
    It was something I had always considered, but initially I went down the IT path. After the death of my Mother I decided to pursue becoming a counsellor. I'd always been interested in what makes humans act and react the way they do, so studying it was fascinating. ...
  • Marcus Dally-Law
    I had considered moving into mental health at different times in my life, but it wasn't until 2012, when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer that I had the real 'aha' moment that made me turn my life around and begin on the road to counselling. I remember that I sat down and wrote a list of every job, position or role I had had during my life - then considering each one, wrote down which parts of each role I found real fulfillment in. In pretty much every role, the thing that I enjoyed the most was working with people - helping...
  • Michael Booth
    My own experience of trauma and chronic pain and how inadequately they are treated in Australia set me on the path to discovering which approaches are effective. Having found what can work, I was highly motivated to share these with others....
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