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  • Jacqueline McDiarmid
    I was a tricky teenager and I spent some time at the school counsellor's office. I quite liked going to see her and I remembered thinking that I wouldn't mind doing her job. I have always liked the idea of helping people. However, therapy is not my first career. I was a ballet dancer and was at professional level when I developed some serious health problems. I then worked for a while in the music industry before training to be a therapist in my mid 20's - ballet was my first love, therapy my second - I am passionate about both....
  • Robyn Mansfield
    A deep curiosity and interest in people and the human condition....
  • Cherie Dorotich
    I chose to become a psychologist to help people improve their lives by alleviating emotional, psychological and relational pain....
  • Adriana Cavalcanti
    My passion for helping others, seeing them grow and live better lives....
  • Lidia Smirnov
    I was working full time in Human Resources and pregnant with my 2nd child when I experienced a health scare, and this propelled me to pursue a long held dream to retrain in the area of psychotherapy and eventually specialising in relationship/couple therapy. ...
  • Mark Walker
    I was drawn to psychotherapy out of curiosity, to make sense of myself and other people in a caring, helpful way. I'd studied and practiced a variety of therapeutic approaches - art and Sandplay therapies, creative imagination and inner work - and was keen to draw all the thinking and methods together in some form of framework that resonated....
  • Jan Campbell-Thompson
    After a life time of traveling widely both geographically and within the land of myself, it was a natural progression....
  • Jean Gamble
    I found such understanding and relief during my own therapy and was able to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and find more harmony, joy and purpose in life. This success led me to train and work in the field of psychotherapy and couples counselling. Every one is whole at their core and "healing" involves letting go of what is not you and reconnecting to the true you underneath the hurt, protection and adaptation that you have used to get through life. ...
  • Claire Stephensen
    As a child I dreamed of being a dancer or musician and in my teens, I was drawn to health. It was during my early 20s that I realised that it is impossible to separate mental health from the arts – which led me to studying a little bit of psychology before undertaking a Masters of Music Therapy. ...
  • Emmaline Golding
    I moved around a lot growing up, and was always meeting new people and having to make new friends, so I became interested in people, and why we do what we do. I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I decided to follow my passions and interests and see what happens! Now, I'm very glad that I chose psychology - I get to meet so many different people and help people who are often going through a rough time....
  • Vivian Baruch
    I've had a life-long fascination with what makes people tick. Growing up in a dysfunctional family with a father who had PTSD/complex trauma, I've always searched for the ingredients of a successful relationship and family....
  • Joanne Taylor
    An early interest in psychology during my first degree. ...
  • Tessa Ipp
    I was going through some issues of my own in my 20's. A good friend suggested I see a wise and insightful Clinical Social Worker, Bev. She had such a profound impact on my life that I decided to change professions. I enrolled to study Social Work at Sydney University and began volunteering as phone counsellor. My field placement with Relationships Australia was another important influence as was meeting a gifted body-mind psychotherapist in 1999. This lead me to study a more holistic approach to psychotherapy involving the...
  • Julia McKenzie Palmer
    For some of us it is a calling. Not where we purposefully started but where we find ourselves. ...
  • Kate Mikhailouskaya
    Many personal and professional experiences contributed to my choice of becoming a therapist. It's a life-long process and it's ongoing, but what remains unchangeable is my passion to witness the growth and transformation with my clients in the moments of psycho-therapeutic or psychoanalytic journey. It is fascinating and very rewarding work, and I am committed to it fully. This includes ongoing professional development, group and individual supervision as well as my capacity and willingness to self-explore and reflect on my...
  • Jane Faulkner
    My own journey, I was looking to heal my physical and personal issues. I kept getting stuck and didn't know what to do with my feelings when they came up so I decided to study Gestalt therapy. Also, I was a nurse and realised that many illnesses were linked to a person's thoughts and beliefs....
  • Bridie Fitzgerald
    Years spent working as a music therapist working with clients who had a range of issues, I found that I was constantly required to adapt to my clients needs and take on new challenges to help them reach their therapy goals. This lead to a natural transition into psychotherapy and counselling as helping others gain insight into their issues and my own personal journey along the way has always been important to me....
  • Loretta Bell
    Many things probably led me to be a therapist, but my most motivating force was wanting to find a job that fitted within my humanistic values. ...
  • Lisa Champion
    My career started in the field of exercise science. I specialised as an exercise therapist, helping people overcome chronic pain issues through movement and postural awareness, recognition of habits, re-connecting of brain and body and support to achieve their physical goals. I became increasingly aware of the emotional toll of chronic pain and decided to study counselling to better support my clients with their emotional experience. I loved the counselling so much, that I decided to make a career shift and focus on working more with...
  • Brian Whiter
    For as long as I can remember, I have wondered about the meaning of life. My curiosity about why and how we slip into unstable mental health, and then remain in those unhealthy patterns for indefinite periods, got me interested in the study of the various psychotherapies. I decided to pursue psychotherapy as a profession as it gradually began to point to ways in which I could understand what it meant to be human, and in relationship, and how to better understand myself in these relational dimensions....
  • April Lewis
    For many years as a high school teacher, I worked with students who did the best that they could with what their life experiences had dealt them, with students who struggled to achieve their full potential. Many of these students had been labelled as troublemakers who impeded the progress of others in the classroom and therefore needed to be (and were) punished for not conforming or behaving. I felt some frustration that in schools, because time and resources are limited, I was not able to help such students as much as I would have...
  • Debbie O'Connor
    Since I was a child I have always been interested and curious about people, what makes them the unique individuals they are, and have always had a keen desire to help people in distress. I began my career in the helping professions in the field of nursing, however after the death of a close relative through suicide, I became increasingly aware of the distress that so many people feel as a result of traumatic life experiences and mental health concerns. At this time I also embarked on my own personal development and therapy, and...
  • John Dallimore
    Mid life brought about big changes in my life. One day I had well paying job and a career in St Georges Terrace. The next day I was retrenched along with many others. Even though I had reached the top in my career I had always felt out of place. Together with my wife I started a wilderness backpacking business guiding people throughout remote landscapes. Over a six year period I discovered people unfolded and became emotionally and spiritually well as we walked and talked and listened to each other. We began running trips with...
  • Lauren Sokolski
    I was interested in working with people and being part of their journey towards wellness and wholeness. I discovered that the work enabled me to do my own work on my personal issues through supervision with mentors, professional and personal development courses and workshops, and through my own counselling experience....
  • John Woodcock
    The first indication of my vocation as therapist that I remember occurred in my classroom as a beginning teacher. Other teachers complained loudly about the level of chaos and noise in my classes. I was cautioned and warned, re-trained, and coerced. And it continued! I also wondered why I could not control the class. Then I realized. I was in fact interested in what was going on, more than I wanted to control the chaos. This interest in others and in the unusual or uncontrollable aspects of life has continued to this day. The...
  • Sharon Snir
    One can often remember a moment in their own childhood when somethng calls to you and you know that is who I am. When I was aout 5 years old I watched a Christmas movie on television about a husband and wife who opened their home to troubled children. I knew at that moment I wanted many children of my own and that I would help people with problems. As it turned out I have five adult children now and a number of grandchildren. Of course I had to have and heal my own problems before I stepped into the healing profession but that is...
  • Grace Lee
    I reached a point a few years ago, and having raised a family and learned to help my kids through their tough times, I thought I might be able to use those experiences to help others. So I applied to study counselling and I found I loved it. I also developed a much deeper understanding of myself in the process....
  • Muriel Cooper
    I was a talk radio presenter for many years and had various psychologists and mental health professionals on my programs. These special guests changed the way I viewed my own mental health and encouraged me to pursue psychology as a profession....
  • Deborah Schou
    It's been a long journey. I did a psychology degree in my 20s, and as a sub-major studied philosophy and religious studies subjects. I learnt so much, but had serious issues with the diagnostic and labelling approach of psychology in those days, was young, still finding my way in life, and was enjoying my working life as a Hansard reporter. After having children, I returned to study. My social work degree was a wonderful experience, allowing me to further my inclination towards helping individuals not just at the personal level but...
  • Annie Gurton
    After years of living a rich, full life, I found myself at a cross-roads around the year 2000. Unsure how to proceed or which path to follow, I tentatively explored the role of therapist and counsellor. I found that people responded well to my listening and interventions. Since then I have trained in Human Givens, which is now my main modality. In addition I have several other approaches in my toolbox including Freudian, Adlerian, Rogerian Person-centred, Attachment Theory, Family Constellations, Imago Dialogue, NLP, and I am a...
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