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  • Andrew Lindsay
    I was practicing Chinese Medicine and became really interested in talking with people about how they were going in their lives. Then I went to some workshops connecting mind and body to psychotherapy and I was hooked. I loved the experiential way of working and integrating mind and body experiences – it felt very satisfying and natural and that I had come home....
  • Patrick Moloney
    When I was young certain people in my life were great role models. One person in particular was accepting of some of my issues and was great to talk to. As I grew older and wiser I developed a belief that I too could help people by being a non-judgemental listener. So I studied counselling after having a broad working life....
  • Lyn Gamwell
    Firstly I was looking to add another dimension to my life. And I had always been curious about a time of great need in my own life when some help seemed to open up a space for me in which I could regain my footing and other help contracted it and interrupted the process. I decided to study to find out what those facilitating qualities were. Eventually, I decided to enter the profession with the intention of creating a space in which others can find their way. ...
  • Steve White
    I decided on a career as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor as a result of a very successful and fruitful period of personal therapy, following a deep depression....
  • Peter Howie
    I found people so interesting and then I found that following that interest turned out to be a form of therapy as well. I was exploring myself through psychodrama groups when I realised that I wanted to understand how psychodrama worked and what this meant about myself and others. Once I had done lots of training, I began to work with people. Simple really. Then I continued to train and learn and understand other ways to work with folks, and other ways that folks learned, and began to apply these as well....
  • Marcia Watts
    Why am I a therapist? This is a really good question and the answer for me informs everything I do in therapy. I became a therapist because my own healing and transformation journey allowed me to experience how much better life can be when we work through the things that are holding us back. Growth is a big motivator for me, both personally and professionally. I am committed to my own growth and ongoing transformation, and I truly gain no greater joy than being able to witness the growth, healing and transformation of another...
  • Romana Bowd
    When my dad was diagnosed with cancer (parietal lobe tumour) I watched his struggle with the diagnosis and then the need for him to face his mortality. I also watched as an older teen how the will to fight waxed and waned depending on how his treatment went. He unfortunately did not have a good prognosis and died shortly after. I realised that the human spirit can endure so much and that our emotions and attitude says so much about us as individuals. I left my unfulfilled Science degree and never looked back after starting psychology....
  • Bronwen Bailey
    Becoming a psychologist was a mid life career change for me. After some years working in the field of human rights, addressing global issues I decided that I wanted to work with people on an individual level. I had always been very curious about how to understand and explain people’s behaviours and responses to life experiences. So training as a psychologist was a natural conclusion. Like most psychologists there are experiences in my own life that helped shape these interests....
  • Jessica Vivien
    I had a close sister who committed suicide when we were in our teens, and I first needed to understand how such things can happen, and then to understand how they can be prevented. I then became aware that I had also been through severe trauma in our dysfunctional family and needed to learn to deal with the effects and heal myself. Having learn these things, I then wanted to share what I learnt to help others on the journey. I have also met some amazing psychotherapists, especially hynotherapist Maureen Kaluchi of Sydney, who...
  • Kim Bailey
    It chose me. No, just kidding. But for the books, I was at a crossroad in my life and needed, yes needed to find a vocation that was meaningful and one that is also sense making. 10 years down the track, I am glad. It is both meaningful and sense making....
  • Mickey Skidmore
    I can recall being clear about my desire to be a psychotherapist before I was 20 years old while dabbling in music, drama and art. I seemed to have a gift of sensitivity that made it easy for peers and even much older adults to confide in me or seek me out. Coupled with my discretion, ability to keep people's secrets, and respect their views, in hindsight it is clear that I was destine for a career as a psychotherapist....
  • Dinah Buchanan
    I initially had several personal crises that I sought counselling for and was incredibly moved by the quality of the support that was offered to me by my counsellor. I originally started my working life as a nurse and it seemed a natural progression to wanting to help others in the way that I had been so beautifully helped. My journey has taken me further into training counsellors and psychotherapists and I feel honoured and privileged to now accompany others on their journey of growth and change....
  • 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. So 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....
  • Laurie Brotherstone
    I always gravitated to work that involved helping people and becoming a psychologist enabled me in train professionally in a field so I knew what I was doing was evidence based and could really help to change people's lives and help. Why we act, feel, and think the way we do and how different that can be from other people around us fascinated me. Helping people understand themselves and others can reduce the conflict and stress in our lives and help people move towards the things that are important to them....
  • Christine Vickers
    I was curious to learn more about myself, and through this became interested in working in this field....
  • Volker Krohn
    In my 20s I embarked on a journey of trying to find my ‘Self’. Having grown up in a good upper middle class family in Germany, I could not find any life satisfaction from participating in the consumer ‘economic miracle’ of post -war Germany. So I left, as many other young people also did at this time, to find ‘enlightenment’, by travelling through India, participating in meditation retreats and listening to wise Indian men, who basically told me that I was a ‘Buddha’ already, that my “suffering was bogus” and...
  • Matthew Evans
    I wanted to make a contribution to people’s health, happiness and wellbeing. I had a longstanding personal interest in the field of psychology and it seemed a natural step to turn it into my profession. ...
  • Christopher Basten
    I have always had an interest in the human condition - what it means to think and feel. This extended to wanting to understand why some people think and feel differently ina way that causes them pain....
  • Michelle McGee
    I often get asked this question and it's a difficult one to answer. I have always felt that the profession chose me rather than the other way round. I didn't grow up thinking that I wanted to be a psychologist but here's where life lead me....
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