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  • Philip Hilder
    I became interested in counselling and psychotherapy when I witnessed significant alcohol abuse in rural Australia. That prompted me in 1990 to begin study in alcohol and other drug counselling. I have enjoyed the training and the work ever since....
  • Julie Catt
    I found that thinking psychologically came easily to me, even as a kid. When I started working in the field at the tender age of 21, the awe and privilege I felt in participating in another's growth made it clear that this was the right path for me....
  • Brenda Rowlandson
    My own experience of psychotherapy when I found myself in a crisis situation. I became more and more intrigued as I explored my unconscious process, my dreams and 'what lies beneath' and how my life-long patterns of relating were played out (and repaired) both in life and in the therapeutic relationship. It never occurred to me that I could enter this profession, until it was suggested to me as a possibility, which I embraced with gusto!...
  • Gabby Skelsey
    An interest in the resilience of peoples' coping styles and a desire to learn how they have developed over their lifetime....
  • Martina Palombi
    During a therapy session in my early twenties it dawned on me that if I trained as a therapist I could support others through the same process I was experiencing myself. A process I was deeply grateful for. My experience as a therapy client had been invaluable. It allowed me to understand who I was and how I had been shaped by my family history and my early development. Lived experience of the psychotherapeutic process led me to discover who I was within the broader context of family of origin. It facilitated my insight into how I...
  • Katie Watson
    I have been interested in human behaviour since I was a young girl. However it wasn't until I had many years of life experiences that I felt counselling was my true calling. I worked in aged care and it was they who encouraged me to go and get my degree. I haven't looked back since. ...
  • Amanda Dounis
    As a young girl still in high school I was always reading books surrounding mental wellness and anything motivational. As it turned out, as an adult all the education and training that I did surrounded helping individuals mentally and emotionally. It is what I can call; a life long passion, and my persistence for learning continues to grow....
  • Nicol Thomas
    The intrinsic quality that each subject has something to say that needs to be witnessed and heard. The idea and feeling that one's voice could be buried under layers of categories, diagnoses and prescriptive 'cures' does not reach at the heart of one's individual pain and circumstances. To actually be heard as yourself is a liberation; also, to come to know that one is responsible for one's own 'health' is also a liberation. The work of listening to the subject--one by one--is very important to me....
  • 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....
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Bronwyn Davies Glover
    I arrived into the world of psychotherapy and counselling through a long history as an artist in social work, youth work, community engagement, violence prevention, harm reduction, trauma work and arts education. For over ten years I used the mediums of art, movement and drama to develop workshops, performances, trainings, counselling programs, festivals, and conferences innovating new approaches toward healing and growth. I worked with diverse communities, schools, community centres, theatres, families, youth, women, young men,...
  • David Indermaur
    A deep interest in how the mind works and why people do what they do. My first concern was to understand why some people hurt other people. The deeper my explorations went I found that the way we think limits our horizons. Understanding this I am always interested in challenging assumptions, beliefs and judgments and opening up new possibilities. It is a continuous and continuing challenge, mystery and adventure which is deeply rewarding. I like being of assistance to people and my motivation for being a therapist is that I like...
  • Sirini Kularatne-Samarapathi
    I have had an interest from a very young age to connect with people - to be present in their difficulties, to sit with their uncomfortable emotions. I guess that was what eventually got transpired in me becoming a professional counsellor. My Buddhist practises of compassion, loving kindness, meditation and mindful awareness practices paved the way for my internal development and my profession to be part and parcel of the same....
  • Jacquie Flecknoe-Brown
    I was always interested in communication, and the more experienced I became in my profession, the deeper I wanted to explore the therapy modalities. I worked for some time in an acute psychiatric ward where I learned family therapy (Milan school) and realised that even in psychosis, every act and statement was symbolic and had a meaning for the person, and even if it was difficult to decipher, with persistence one could understand the message the person was trying to communicate. This lead me to the master analyst of symbolic...
  • Heather Cavill Greer
    Mainly my own healing journey inspired me to help others. I am fascinated by the power of the mind, and the ability we all have to survive and heal ourselves. I have always enjoyed listening and helping people so the transition from Cancer Nursing into psychotherapy was an easy one. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Heather Adams
    Life has certainly taught me much and having overcome significant personal and professional challenges, led me to want to support and encourage others who were also struggling and in need of assistance. I obtained a Bachelor of Social Science - Counselling degree as a mature age student, to equip myself with the necessary skills to become a well trained, accredited, passionate and compassionate psychotherapist and counsellor....
  • Sally Walsh
    we all deserve to give ourselves more choice and to live a fulfilling life...
  • Sonia Scussel
    I find it fascinating to understand how our mind works, how the brain develops. I've been in therapy for a few years, and it cleared my mind. I started learning to become a counsellor later in life, initially it was more an extension of my personal journey. I found it illuminating and felt the need to help others in the same way. I started with volunteer jobs in different associations. I realized how lonely many people feel when they struggle with mental health, and how less sometimes is needed to help them. I went back to studying...
  • 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....
  • Christina Kioulafas
    I always thought I was a good communicator but I wasn't sure what to do with that skill. I stumbled to counselling and realised that it was about so much more than that. It was about listening, understanding and meeting people where they are at; mentally and emotionally. I didn't really know where counselling would take me, thinking back on the last ten years its been an incredible personal and professional journey. ...
  • Ron Dowd
    I feel it has chosen me. Although I worked for many years as a software engineer, I was reading Jung in my 20s and was fascinated, though I didn't understand much of it. I guess I was on the common "hero's journey" path, working in I.T. but also starting to make art. At a certain point I made a serious decision to study art and undertook my MA (Hons) thesis in landscape and imaginal thinking. It was this study that opened up the world of Gestalt to me, particularly its ideas of figure / ground. It was odd how my art works...
  • Yael Clark
    As a teacher I found I was far more interested in my students' wellbeing than the curriculum. I naturally found myself counseling and decided I really should be qualified to do so! ...
  • Kate Vandamme
    My passion to become a Counsellor and Play Therapist was influenced by my desire to help people feel heard and understood. Through my own experiences growing up and working closely supporting children and adults with their emotional and social development through my career as a teacher, I discovered the power that helping someone feel valued can have. We are all works in progress and to be able to provide someone with the opportunity of space to grow and develop is a huge motivator for the work I do. ...
  • Janelle Wright
    I became interested in counselling and psychotherapy as a young adult when I realised that the skills and coping strategies I had learned in childhood needed refining. Learning self reflective skills has been valuable in assisting me to become aware of when I'm repeating patterns of behaviour which no longer serve me well. Learning to reflect on my thoughts, emotions and behaviour gives me more freedom and choice in how I live my life and relate to others. These realisations led me to want to continue learning about the many...
  • 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...
  • Elaine Ford
    I have always enjoyed helping people find meaning in their lives. During my hospital training as a student nurse, I met many people who faced significant health challenges or struggled to adjust to their condition. I wanted to learn more to be of greater help to them, which led me to the counselling roles....
  • Geoff Heard
    I first studied massage, and was intrigued at the way people would, week after week, re-create in their bodies the tensions I had massaged away the week before. This led me to investigate the mind-body connection, and eventually to study Somatic Psychotherapy, in which mental, emotional and physical experience are seen as not only connected but as facets of a greater whole....
  • Tania Djipalo
    I believe we all have a unique gift to offer the world. It was in my own pursuit of peace and purpose I became interested in therapy. Firstly I received it and then I became interested in becoming a therapist. When a close family friend committed suicide, this propelled me to join Lifeline and that's when I began to learn how to sit with someone in distress. Since then I have continued on to study a Diploma in Counselling, then a Masters in Gestalt. ...
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