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  • Tracey Larkin
    I've always been an empathic person and deeply interested in how people cope with difficult life experiences, and how friendships, partners and family influence our growth and identity. ...
  • Tim Clark
    In my work as a teacher, I was finding more and more that people (students and colleagues alike) would come to me seeking guidance on things other than curriculum. I found I really enjoyed helping people talk through their problems and they seemed to walk away feeling better. It just seemed a natural progression to do it full-time. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Helen Basili
    Social justice has always been very important to me and counselling was a way of enacting these values....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • Odhette Aaronfeld
    An encounter with two people who had had open heart surgery. I wanted to sit with each person and listen to their story, their fears, understand what knowledge they lacked that was making their journey through this ordeal even harder. Having worked in aged care as a registered nurse I had been able to spend time with residents and their families and give them more holistic care. A busy cardiac ward is not a place that time moves slowly or patiently in. This made me realise that there is work to be done. People need someone that...
  • Stephanie Thompson
    I had a most wonderful Organisational Psychology professor at university who was also a highly effective counsellor. He got tangible, fast results for people. This was against a backdrop of extremely poor outcomes achieved by the psychological counselling profession as a whole at that time (circa 1990) - actually zero net benefit shown in our research. My professor was stridently critical of this, and rightly so. I found his pragmatic and empathic dedication to 'doing what works' - evidence-based therapy - very inspiring. I...
  • 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. ...
  • Jonathan Tandos
    Most of my life people have been coming to me to share their stories and issues. In my first experience as a client in counselling I felt very inspired and began to consider whether I wanted to be a therapist myself. When I first started studying psychology it fit me, which was in stark contrast to what I'd studied before. It feels like its genuinely me....
  • Liz Scarfe
    I'd like to think I knew what led me here, but really, life and the directions it takes us is such a mystery, I probably don't know the full story. I started studying Process Oriented Psychology because I saw the depth of insight and awareness about life that it could give me - which is a deep kind of power. So was at first a very personal healing journey because Process Oriented Psychology demands the student do a significant amount of their own therapy, in part because therapy is so much about our capacity to connect with...
  • Darius Leo
    When I was 17 I was walking through an opp shop with a friend and came across a book on psychology. As I was flicking through the pages I thought that it looked interesting. I paid 70c for it and took it home. It was fascinating and I just kept reading chapter after chapter. I didn’t go straight into psychology but never forgot what I read. I later worked in community mental health before enrolling in a psychology honours degree. I loved what I learnt from time studying and still read and write each week....
  • Neha Kapoor
    I believe I have a strong desire to help others and to assist people with the challenges of daily living. I have always been a good listener and find that others often seem to feel comfortable confiding in me. It is something that comes to me naturally along with my genuine desire to help those in need. ...
  • Carolyn Rogers
    I find people endlessly fascinating and I never tire of listening to their stories. Psychology seemed like a natural extension of Nursing and there are many overlaps between the two professions. ...
  • Amanda Jones
    I wanted to study psychology when I finished school but for various reasons I was unable to. After working for many years in small businesses and large corporations, I decided to revisit my interest in psychology. I have always been interested in people, their lives, struggles and often extraordinary resilience. No matter what my professional role, I have always found myself encouraging others to reach their potential, to fulfill their dreams and passions, and overcome self-limiting beliefs often developed during their childhood or...
  • Deone Drapala
    I have a strong value of social justice. Counselling in the mental health area helps people get back on their feet and become the best versions of themselves. ...
  • 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! ...
  • Matt Dale
    As a Psychologist I am driven by the desire to help individuals navigate their way through complex human challenges. I chose psychology as a profession because of my passion to learn more about the impact of human emotions, listen and guide others with the insights I have gained over the last twenty years. But most importantly, I chose psychology because I wanted to help people to make real, practical and applicable change in their everyday lives....
  • Connie Reed
    My background as a Health Project Coordinator working with homeless and disadvantaged young people and vulnerable children and parents. This was highly rewarding, very challenging and energising work. ...
  • Graeme James
    I didn't want to be a counsellor or therapist. Initially I worked in marketing. After years of encouragement from a friend I finally became a volunteer Lifeline counsellor way back in 1987. Very quickly I grew up on the telephones and came to realise how very complex and demanding life is. When I left the corporate world I retrained, became engaged in managing Lifeline centres, started a private practice, and went on to work in counsellor education. So you might say I now have a passion for the field....
  • 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. ...
  • Michele Watson
    I believe in people's potential and knew I wanted to help people. I studied psychology at university and then went looking for something more meaningful to me and that's when I enrolled in the transpersonal counselling diploma. I started working with a psychotherapist and through my relationship with her and looking at my dreams I learnt about Jung, dreams and the process of Individuation....
  • Benjamin Shields
    It is a cliche, but I was one of those kids who wanted to 'help people' when he grew up. I couldn't think of any other profession that was as direct in this sense, as the work of a psychologist. So, that's what I pursued. As an 18-year-old, the long journey required to become a psychologist was difficult to comprehend. I studied for four years initially before undertaking a two-year internship, which involved regular supervision and study. After that, I completed a further two years of study for a masters program. Then still,...
  • Joanne Marsh
    After attending a number of personal development programs to help me understand the patterns and traumas that controlled my life, it was a logical step for me to undertake study to refine what I had learnt and take that knowledge to others. I have always been a bit of a study 'nerd', always wanting to learn more. Studying somatic psychotherapy was like coming home. I had finally found what it was I wanted to do 'when I grew up"....
  • Megan Haire
    While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficulties 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 lives of...
  • Lara Petrulis
    As I reflect on this question, I’m not sure if I can say that it was a definite choice that I made. Given my supportive family environment, it seemed a natural progression to continue offering care to others. I can remember as a young child facilitating discussions with my siblings - encouraging them to “communicate openly and express their feelings…” – I just needed to understand the theory behind the practice and perhaps refine my skills a tad! ...
  • Brenda Rowlandson
    My own experience of psychotherapy when I found myself in a crisis situation. I became more and more intrigued as I explored my unconscious process, my dreams and 'what lies beneath' and how my life-long patterns of relating were played out (and repaired) both in life and in the therapeutic relationship. It never occurred to me that I could enter this profession, until it was suggested to me as a possibility, which I embraced with gusto!...
  • 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....
  • Heather Cavill Greer
    Mainly my own healing journey inspired me to help others. I am fascinated by the power of the mind, and the ability we all have to survive and heal ourselves. I have always enjoyed listening and helping people so the transition from Cancer Nursing into psychotherapy was an easy one. ...
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