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  • Melis Topsahin
    I have always had a natural pull towards assisting individuals around me throughout various situations. Now, actually having the skills and tools to be able to assist others, has given me a true purpose and yet again confirmed that this is the path I have always been destined for. Practicing as a counsellor has allowed me to assist individuals to find their unique path and achieve their short and long term goals in life. There is no end to education and learning. My primary goal as a therapist, is to assist clients as best I can....
  • Clara Luxford
    I have always had a deep interest in who we are as human beings and how we live our lives, how we see ourselves in each of our worlds and how we present ourselves to others. This fascination lead me to study psychology at Sydney University. After a year I realised this subject could not (for me) fully account for the nuances in human nature. I switched to Italian language and literature. In the post graduate world I ambled through several degrees until I came upon psychotherapy. It was here I found more meaningful ways to talk about...
  • Sarah Kane Lawson
    I have always reached out to those around me in need of help. In my 20s I realized I myself needed help and this was the start of a wonderful journey of self-discovery and healing. I now look back on this with deep gratitude and feel called to help you as I have been. I believe that exploring and uncovering what is really going on for someone and helping them discovering the true wonder of themselves is precious. I feel blessed to work with people in this way. Everyone deserves to feel inner peace and a sense of completeness...
  • Arna Stewart
    I have always been a curious observer of others so psychology made sense because it is a study of human experience and behaviour. Becoming a psychologist and counsellor has been a natural and enjoyable progression for me. ...
  • Rachel Troia
    The quest to understand myself more and love myself more. I am inspired to help others do the same....
  • Tanya Robinson
    My experiences and childhood in Africa shaped my passion to help others and to work in the helping profession. I am an African-Australian mental health entrepreneurial woman. I aspire to take on every day with Passion, focussing on how to facilitate a sense of humble Humanity amongst people, and provide a sense of heritage in teaching “Ubuntu” (A person is a person through other people. I am because you are.) I promote a message of empowerment to promote dignity. I have worked in some of the most perilous communities in...
  • Anugrah Bhagwat
    I find the internal worlds' of people beautiful and fascinating and so since I was a teenager I was always curious to learn and understand as much as I could about human behaviour. I just knew in my heart what I wanted to be! ...
  • Penelope Lovegrove
    I wanted to be a psychologist since high-school always having a strong desire to help those under emotional and mental distress. I completed the undergraduate training in psychology however the Government at the time removed student loans which meant I could not afford to do post-graduate training at that time. I became a social worker and begun my career as a counselor however I always wanted the further training in treating more significant mental health issues. With the increase in anxiety and depression I have not regretted this...
  • Sarah Bergman
    I have always been interested in talking with and getting to know people. I am very curious about myself and others. What makes us unhappy and happy? How do our relationships with ourselves and others affect us? From a young teenager I decided that I would work in the field of Social Work and have done so since the mid 1990's. Previously I have worked for RAPT an organisation in conjunction with The Department of Family Services with at risk youth; The Smith Family as an Edu-cate officer working with families; Community Corrections...
  • 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. ...
  • Susan Vu
    As a therapist in Thai Massage and Bodywork, I noticed that some of my clients' pain was connected to their emotions. This led me to undertake studies relating to the connection between mind and body from which I came to understand that the root cause of many physical illnesses was emotional and spiritual. I felt it was a matter of integrity to support clients' long term solutions to their pain by addressing the root cause so I moved on to offering Energy Healing sessions and facilitating women’s circles in my family home. My...
  • Trudy Clutterbok
    Art and literature explore what it is to be a human being and some art works and books explore psychoanalysis in particular. Studying counselling and then psychoanalysis was a logical extension of my interest in these themes and practices....
  • Arti Mayan
    When I was a mental health nurse I was initially very curious about how the mind works, but instead of feeding my curiosity I was too busy giving people medications, doing my nurse tasks etc, which were of course part of the job. A lot of the times I found that people relied on medications to solve their problems, because every time they relapsed, medication was the first thing that was assessed and prescribed. But, sometimes they also needed someone compassionate who would talk to them, and listen, because they rarely had that...
  • Margaret Bennett
    I loved my training, working with people and what brought me especially to trauma work was lived experiences as well as rigorous training and deep faith in peoples ability to heal....
  • Michele Stewart
    Difficult childhood experiences and getting 'lost' emotionally in my late teens/ twenties lead to a thirst for understanding what it means to be fully human. Training as a therapist seemed the route that offered to deepen a knowledge of myself and to assist others to embark on a journey inwards as well....
  • Elle Stube
    My enquiry into the human experience has been the central theme around which my life has revolved. It has resulted in a very rich journey, during which I have explored being human through many lenses. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I trained in and worked as a hotelier; performing artist; a radio broadcaster; a freelance writer; and as a social change communications expert. I was fortunate to experience a plethora of jobs, titles, roles and professional development both in Australia and abroad. During that time, I was...
  • Tim Harvey
    I reached a critical time in my life when I was not sure how to carry on. I joined Lifeline as a trainee telephone counsellor, and their training taught me how to listen to others (and myself) with empathy. I became a telephone and face to face counsellor, and went on to train other counsellors and design and facilitate Lifeline's Mens Anger Management groups. Exchanging heartfelt experiences with the men in these groups was fundamental to my decision to become a professional in this area. During this time my new wife and I joined...
  • 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....
  • Petra Lansdown
    I started my career in Counselling later in life, I have always had a strong interest in psychology and curious about the mind and body and how they both connect. I am passionate about providing support and connection for people who are going through difficult periods in life. Life will always have hardships, by understanding the present and the past gives us insight and this can help us move forward feeling more freer to live a more fulfilling life. We can't choose our past but we can choose the present and our future. ...
  • Hadass Segal
    I have always been interested in the human condition and in relationships and how to enhance them. ...
  • Ash Rehn
    I've always been interested in people and their stories. I think our identity – who we ‘are’ – isn’t produced privately and individually but through interaction with others. We need the acknowledgement of others to know ourselves. And having a listener or audience to our life stories can transport us to new places of understanding. So that gives my work purpose and meaning. I commenced my career as a counsellor and social worker because I wanted to do something worthwhile in my life that meant I would be connecting with...
  • Sandy Beech
    A breast cancer diagnosis gave me the time and space to understand what my purpose in life was and that began the journey of training in psychotherapy and counseling. I found a deep passion when working with clients to unfold and discover what makes them unique and how to develop strategies and techniques to help them thrive in this uncertain world we live in today. Studying with a holistic approach gave me insight into the human process using curiosity and how to understand the emotional, physical and spiritual relationship we...
  • Petroula Quinn
    I have always been drawn to helping people and therefore I gravitated to Psychology. I thoroughly enjoy what I do - assisting clients through difficult times and helping them live out their potential. ...
  • 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...
  • Carolyn Choy
    I've always been interested in listening to different people's life stories: how they've endured and overcome challenging times, as well as what drives them, what is their passion, what is it that they love about their life. My initial field of IT was just a job, one I knew I wasn't going to stay in forever. I'm so grateful to have taken this other path which enables me to offer all of my experience (life and training) to others. I am enriched in return by each client I work with....
  • 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...
  • Julie Sweet
    My own subjective experience of psychotherapy led me to choose psychotherapy as a profession. As I worked introspectively with my therapist, I was asked the miracle question, also known as the magic wand question. My answer revealed what I had known unconsciously for many years - my purpose and fulfilment lied in my current career. I still undergo psychotherapy; I find it personally and professionally invaluable. After all how can I ask something of others that I am not willing to engage in myself?...
  • Steve Bonanno
    I have always marveled at the resilience of the human spirit... and I have wondered what conditions must be present to allow someone to overcome adversity. Having experienced good therapy as a client, it has become clear to me that we could all potentially thrive if we were given empathy, honesty, support, wisdom, loving-kindness, and gentle challenge. While I was a personal support volunteer for the Red Cross, I recognised my own ability to offer those same conditions to others, just by turning my care and attention towards...
  • Lisa Barrett
    I think the biggest factor that has always drawn me back to counselling, regardless of what other paths I have taken along the way, is my never-ending sense of wonder about human beings - what drives us, what connects us, what challenges us, what makes us who we are as well as the value I place on exploring how we can be the best version of ourselves. I cannot think of anything I would rather do than to walk with people in their journey of discovering how they can connect with themselves and others in order to feel most alive. This...
  • George Turnure
    I have always been curious about human behaviour, what makes people the way they are, the things they do. I have always been interested in ‘others’ experiences, what they liked and disliked, why they did something; e.g., why go to all the effort of writing a film or a piece of music. Were they intending to express something specific or did it just come out automatically (or both). I would ask questions, listen and try to see the world from their point of view. This was a way for me to have another experience myself....
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