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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • Mariana Trapera
    I began studying Psychology some 20 years before I eventually returned to University and retrained as a Counsellor as I have had a deep interest in people, what makes us do what we do - the choices we make and the paths we take. Given my life experience, choices, mistakes and journey of my soul, I have felt called to 'midwife' others, and support them on their journeys to wellness....
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Karen Anderson
    I grew up in a family as one of four children and my younger sister was severely intellectually disabled. I know this to have been a powerful influence upon me at many levels. I was very attuned to the emotional nuances in many of the people around me. Later as a teacher working with the first Vietnamese and Kampuchean refugees here in Western Australia I knew I had the compassion to be with and support them however I realised fairly quickly that I needed to learn more about the experience of psychological trauma in order to be of...
  • 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....
  • 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 persons thoughts and beliefs....
  • Corinne Lindsell
    I have always been in the Helping profession, since I was in high school (working in recreation programs for people with disabilities). This led me to work overseas in a Summer Camp in USA for special needs, and I worked with the New Jersey Foster System, which opened my eyes to youth work and child protection. This lead me to commencing youth Work and then completing a Post Graduate Degree in Social Work. ...
  • Julia McKenzie Palmer
    For some of us it is a calling. Not where we purposefully started but where we find ourselves. ...
  • Jan Campbell-Thompson
    After a life time of traveling widely both geographically and within the land of myself, it was a natural progression....
  • Jenny Sanbrook
    I went straight from high school to university and had no idea what I wanted to do at first. I knew that I enjoyed being around people, understanding the way people think and was good at understanding others and being a listening ear. I liked to solve problems and find little ways to show care to people around me. I was accepted into Social Work after school and from there it seemed like a natural progression. The course was more practical than exam based which suited the way I learn. Initially I wanted to work at a children's...
  • 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....
  • John Bacash
    I believe in service and compassion as a way of being which gives back to me as much as I give to others. ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
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