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  • 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!...
  • Sue Hawkins
    I wanted people to be really listened to and to learn how to empower themselves through changing their thinking, their situation, their actions and learning how to communicate well to maximize their relationships. ...
  • Debby Heath
    I want to be of service and know that counselling and psychotherapy can support profound growth and healing that has a 'ripple effect' in the world. I believe this work is a 'calling' more than a job and I feel grateful to be able to be of service in this way....
  • Reed Everingham
    My journey to psychotherapy has for the most part been intuitive. My first encounter with psychotherapy was during my early twenties. I worked with a wonderful practitioner for a number of years and this experience left a profound imprint. For the first time, I understood what it really felt like to repair, grow and change. This set me on a path of personal development – a path I am still walking - with the intention of understanding others and myself better. ...
  • Johanna Waugh
    It was actually my therapist that mentioned to me that I would make a good therapist, since I have the ability to understand people and empathise with them. I am also easy to talk to and approach....
  • 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. ...
  • Moira Joyce
    I am naturally focussed on others and what is going on for them, and am 'hard wired' to help find solutions to life issues. I see us all facing some kind of suffering or difficulty at times, and this approach that we are all the same, underpins my work. I also love people and their differences....
  • Stefanie Marris
    I have always been fascinated by people and why they do the things they do! Even after studying psychology and sociology 20 plus years ago I would find myself drawn to books and training that was people related. It took me a while to get around to actually work as a counsellor but I am thrilled to have finally ended up on this path. It is really rewarding to work with people to help them to understand themselves see them make positive changes for lives....
  • Veronica Bona
    What drew me to this line of work was the ability to assist individuals experiencing life’s challenges and support those in need with their emotional and mental wellbeing....
  • M.Rose Hoey
    I am a Registered Nurse and Midwife who does counselling and Psychotherapy. I found that as patients talked about their problems and difficulties, the only tools I had available were to reframe their circumstances, and offer Cognitive behaviour therapy to cope with their health or relationship problems. Fortunately I was referred by a friend to ISTDP, I then found I had the tools to talk to both an anxious mother, or an ill patient. Since 2010 I have focused on providing ISTDP therapy....
  • Michael Grunwald
    I studied General Psychology in my undergraduate degree, specialising later in Work & Organisational Psychology during my time abroad, with a real focus on Cross-Cultural Psychology. However, my interest and passion for counselling/psychotherapy emerged from our family's decision to adopt a baby girl from Asia and I began to prepare for dealing with the trauma experience she would bring with her into our lives. This inevitably led me to also examine my own family of origin and attachment history. ...
  • Marie Carmody
    I build instant rapport with people and have always been a ‘listener’. I am passionate about helping people to find their true potential and build a more cohesive sense of self....
  • Graeme James
    I didn't want to be a counsellor or therapist. Initially I worked in marketing. After years of encouragement from a friend I finally became a volunteer Lifeline counsellor way back in 1987. Very quickly I grew up on the telephones and came to realise how very complex and demanding life is. When I left the corporate world I retrained, became engaged in managing Lifeline centres, started a private practice, and went on to work in counsellor education. So you might say I now have a passion for the field....
  • Urja Refalo
    I first came to psychotherapy in the early eighties. At this time I started my own personal journey by joining therapy groups, partaking in individual therapy and attending personal development trainings. Choosing psychotherapy as a profession became a natural step in my life’s journey, where I could then offer my support and presence, something of what I had been given in my own search for meaning and ‘who I am’....
  • Tracey Larkin
    I've always been an empathic person and deeply interested in how people cope with difficult life experiences, and how friendships, partners and family influence our growth and identity. ...
  • Karen Druce
    My family of origin experiences growing up formed the bedrock of my desire to understand individual differences, personal temperament, human suffering and resilience, in the face of life’s storms and relational challenges. ...
  • Carol Farnell
    My experience of trying to find support for my children during a very traumatic time in our lives compelled me to return to study to become a psychologist with a passion for supporting children to recover from trauma ...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Karen Anderson
    I grew up in a family as one of four children and my younger sister was severely intellectually disabled. I know this to have been a powerful influence upon me at many levels. I was very attuned to the emotional nuances in many of the people around me. Later as a teacher working with the first Vietnamese and Kampuchean refugees here in Western Australia I knew I had the compassion to be with and support them however I realised fairly quickly that I needed to learn more about the experience of psychological trauma in order to be of...
  • Sharon Bonello
    I chose to be a Counsellor when I reached 40 years old and felt like I had a good amount of life experience to offer support to people and ensure confidence with my exposure to all kinds of life situations. ...
  • Sigrid O'Callaghan
    Raised by war traumatised parents my search for meaning began as a young woman. I was attracted by the ideas of existential philosophy, feminism, Buddhism and Jungian Psychoanalysis. ...
  • Neha Kapoor
    I believe I have a strong desire to help others and to assist people with the challenges of daily living. I have always been a good listener and find that others often seem to feel comfortable confiding in me. It is something that comes to me naturally along with my genuine desire to help those in need. ...
  • Irene Rose
    I am passionate about working with the human condition and consider it a great privilege to be able to help individuals, couples and families to create a better life, relationships and future for themselves. It brings me tremendous satisfaction to witness people overcome their difficulties and grow and change for the better. ...
  • Carolyn Spillett
    My childhood experiences and my curiosity about human interactions formed the basis of my decision to become a counsellor/psychotherapist....
  • Max Rutherford
    From an early age I have been interested in science, the arts, literature, philosophy and the nature of reality. My interest in psychotherapy grew naturally from these earlier preoccupations....
  • Michelle Morris
    From a young age I have been very interested in people and fascinated by people’s stories. I remember when I was around 10 years old being very moved by the film The Three Faces of Eve, about a woman with disociative identity disorder, and from that time being drawn to this vocation. I deeply believe in the healing capacity of therapeutic work and offering what I can to help catalyse the self-healing process. In addition, I went through a couple of periods of feeling very distressed, stuck, and through working with a therapist...
  • Corina Johns
    It's the only thing I've wanted to do since the age of about 15 when the idea first came to me. I've always had a gift for listening to and helping people, and genuinely love getting to know and understand others. Being a part of a positive change in someone's life is incredibly rewarding, and I would never want to do anything else....
  • Lissette Endacott
    Having personally experienced healing through engaging in creative arts therapy and seeing its impact on other peoples' lives I knew that this was the right field for me. ...
  • 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. ...
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