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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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. ...
  • Katharine Northall
    My Mother died very suddenly and unexpectedly. I sought some bereavement counselling and it changed my life. Going through a grieving process like this gave me a different perspective. My counsellor pointed out to me that I was self-aware and that I might make a good counsellor one day. After a long time of coming to terms with my loss I started taking counselling courses. My teacher encouraged me to take it further and complete a Master's Degree in Psychotherapy and I never looked back....
  • Jessica McMillan
    I have always had a drive to help people. I have studied body therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eventually decided that my passion was in psychotherapy. This led to a Bachelors degree, then a Master's degree in psychology. I am not afraid to walk down the roads that can feel scary, it is all a part of the healing process and often leads to an even greater flourishing. ...
  • Jeannene Eastaway
    Possibly the main thing that has caused me to choose this field of work is that I find people interesting and wonderful. The more I have learnt about people, their patterns and ways of survival, the more fascinated I became. The other main reason why I have chosen to be a counsellor is to understand myself. This has been an on-going and enlightening process....
  • 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....
  • Steven Dromgool
    I went into therapy because of a desire to make a positive difference in the world and doubting I had the patience to make it as a high school teacher. I moved into specialising in couples therapy out of a desire to understand the struggles I was having to succeed in my relationships and the clear indications in the research that the quality of our personal relationships determined our happiness in life....
  • Carolyn Spillett
    My childhood experiences and my curiosity about human interactions formed the basis of my decision to become a counsellor/psychotherapist....
  • Nicole Jackson
    Counselling was a late career change for me after getting married and having a family. I have always found people interesting and had a natural curiosity to find out what makes them tick. With my life experience, my empathy for people's well-being and this natural curiosity I have, counselling just seemed the right fit for me. I have not looked back!...
  • 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...
  • Zoe Hedges
    Counselling has been a persistent theme throughout my life. Starting with friends at school talking to me about their parents, boyfriend, friend, sport and study problems. My fascination with the human mind took me to studying Psychology at University. From there I spent most of my life helping families that included a person with a disability to manage and re-engage in the real world. Also supporting those with illnesses such as cancer or heart disease to manage difficulties and reformat their life. Always keeping in mind the life...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Fiona Halse
    Since I was a teenager I have been interested in meditation, therapy and personal development, yet didn’t think to work as a psychotherapist till I was nearly forty. I was attracted by the level of integrity and “whole human beingness” required in this work and passionately wanted to learn how to do it well. I have since come to realise how much it is about being rather that doing. At that time I wanted to be what the work would require of me, and I still do. In my journey I had met and been a client of many counsellors,...
  • Sara Beresford Terry
    I trained in Social Work in the UK (1982) and was passionate about my work with children and families in various government and non-government agencies. I continued this work when I first migrated to Australia, but began to feel I wanted to do more focused 'therapeutic' work at a deeper level, than my social work roles sometimes allowed. I studied a Masters in Counselling and have since enjoyed the opportunity to develop deeper therapeutic relationships, with children, teens, adults and sometimes whole families. I truly enjoy the...
  • Dalit Bar
    I am passionate about working with people to achieve meanings in their life and helping make positive changes. ...
  • Bhakti De Bon
    Many other forms of support are only accessible if the client defines themselves through their problems, ie support for people with a diagnosed Mental Illness, Homelessness, Family Violence, etc. Counselling and Psychotherapy offers clients the opportunity to define themselves by their capacity for growth and change which I find by far a more attractive Framework....
  • Sarah Short
    I love that I have the privilege to help other people when they have lost their way in life. I have seen many counsellors in the past and they have assisted me greatly and i am honored that i get to return the favor. ...
  • Amber Rules
    I have family experience with addiction and mental illness, and as a young adult, I received support and care from some wonderful therapists who helped me make sense of it all. I was always so grateful for these counsellors, and admired them for choosing the profession. Before I became a therapist, I worked in the entertainment industry. I spent a lot of time with musicians, actors, and other creatives, and many of them struggled with addiction as well. All of my experiences with addiction ultimately led me to becoming a...
  • Rina Taub
    I was always attracted to the idea of working with people and had a belief that expressing yourself and exploring problems was useful (I suspect my mother's kitchen table conversations with my friends played a part). My cultural heritage and knowledge about how people hold on to values in the face of hard times and the importance of noticing and speaking about what sustains you and what you appreciate was also something I grew up surrounded by. When I was in year 10 I had to write a psychology report on a character from the novel we...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
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