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  • Jacinta Franich
    I have always been drawn to psychotherapy and counselling and initially started training to be a counsellor when I was 28 years old. I found that I didn't have the life experience or maturity at that stage, so put my study on hold until later in life. After I had children, I was again drawn to helping others and went back to studying, now fully ready to embrace the life of a counsellor and help others when they are struggling with life issues....
  • Megan Haire
    While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficult experiences first hand or through close friends, I became interested in what makes some people vulnerable and other people resilient in the face of hardship. The outback experience heightened my awareness of the issue of isolation, both geographical and emotional, and how important human connection is in keeping us sane and happy. After my local community suffered a series of suicides during a drought, I wanted to do something to help make a difference to the...
  • Stefan Durlach
    For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in how life works, its meaning and purpose, the why’s and how’s of existence. Philosophy, psychology, and spirituality deal with these issues, and psychotherapy integrates them all and applies them to actual lives. Connected with this is a passion for following the oracle at Delphi’s dictum of ‘know thyself’, a fascination with reaching my human potential through an exploration of my internal world, which would enable me to offer this process to other people. I am very...
  • Cherie Dorotich
    I chose to become a psychologist to help people improve their lives by alleviating emotional, psychological and relational pain....
  • Dalit Bar
    My counselling career began when I studied Art Therapy in Melbourne to overcome my own relationship problems. I worked at an organization called Jewish Care as an art therapist for 4 years. However I wanted to learn more, so I began studying counselling....
  • 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...
  • 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 40. 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, then in...
  • Michelle Tadros
    I decided to become a psychologist at 16, it was at that age that I discovered what I enjoyed the most was talking with people. I especially enjoyed getting to know and understand people in depth. They say you should do what you love, since talking with people is what I love most, psychology was an obvious choice. ...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Christina Taylor
    Once a victim of incest, it took some years and excellent therapists to see myself as a strong woman, able to be a loving and sexual partner. I believe that all people, young and old, deserve to have intimacy in their lives, and I am a strong advocate in regular healthy sexual pleasures. As I aged I recognized the wisdom gained through my own journey, the learning's received from wise mentors and the extraordinary teachings I acquired as a student of psychotherapy....
  • Ash Rehn
    I've always been interested in people and their stories. I think our identity – who we ‘are’ – isn’t produced privately and individually but through interaction with others. We need the acknowledgement of others to know ourselves. And having a listener or audience to our life stories can transport us to new places of understanding. So that gives my work purpose and meaning. I commenced my career as a counsellor and social worker because I wanted to do something worthwhile in my life that meant I would be connecting with...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Ernst Meyer
    After a crisis in my private life I was looking for different ways to live my life. In my search for a more meaningful life I first participated in a couple of self help courses and eventually I enrolled in a training program for psychotherapy. Being in my own personal therapy was part of my training, and I first hand experienced the gradual changes that emerge in psychotherapy. After three years of "hands on" training I continued my education with another three years of academic studies in the field. As part of my academic...
  • Peggy Cook
    When I was younger and teaching English a man on my team inspired me. He was able to fully involve students in classroom work, have fun and have everyone learning. He told me he learnt these skills in a psychodrama group. When I started psychodrama I was both terrified and fascinated. At first I watched from the edge and then as I felt safe I joined in. I became more involved and found a way of examining my thoughts, feelings and actions that made sense to me. I learnt to reflect my experience rather react thoughtlessly and try to...
  • 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....
  • Karol Misso
    My commitment to personal wholeness and desire to use professional skills to journey with people in their quest for life satisfaction and fulfilment...
  • 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...
  • Ajay Hawkes
    After many years of personal development work and a passion for mindfulness practice, I chose to find a way of making these practices central to my work. To work at something I love. I find this very satisfying, purposeful and fulfilling....
  • Christine Wilde
    During my late 20's and early 30's I felt overwhelmed by the demands of being a full-time mother and I felt I wasn't coping. I began to see a psychotherapist with whom I felt safe and accepted. Together, we explored the recurring themes in my life, their origins, challenges and opportunities for growth. As my sense of self grew, so did my ability to meet the challenges that life offered. Psychotherapy made such a big difference to my feelings of well-being and confidence, that I decided I would like to be able to help people in much...
  • 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....
  • Michelle Lam
    I grew up in a family dedicated to assisting others through the provision of medical and health services to the community so it is hardly surprising that I developed a strong interest in helping others from an early age. In spite of this, I ended up working in the investment banking and finance industry specialising in mergers and acquisitions. After ten years of working in "the industry" I realised that something was missing and I wanted my life to be different. So I took what was for me a very brave step - I started my personal...
  • Tim Hill
    I chose to become a psychotherapist through my own experience of receiving psychotherapy. It was a fascinating process, unlike anything else I had done before, and it changed my life....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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....
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