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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....
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Carolyn Spillett
    My childhood experiences and my curiosity about human interactions formed the basis of my decision to become a counsellor/psychotherapist....
  • Andrea Szasz
    The term Brave Therapy is in honor of the bravery of my clients; the courage they have shown to change their lives is truly inspirational. I’ve been a therapist for 10 + years helping hundreds of people to change their lives for the better. I specialize in the treatment of underlying trauma, and been personally involved with people who have suffered intensely. I have undergone my own personal therapy. I understand what it feels like when life is unmanageable. My own experiences have fuelled my passion to find the best treatments...
  • 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...
  • Michael Grunwald
    I studied General Psychology in my undergraduate degree, specialising later in Work & Organisational Psychology during my time abroad, with a real focus on Cross-Cultural Psychology. However, my interest and passion for counselling/psychotherapy emerged from our family's decision to adopt a baby girl from China and I began to prepare for dealing with the trauma experience she would bring with her into our lives. This inevitably led me to also examine my own family of origin and attachment history. ...
  • 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...
  • Julie Catt
    I found that thinking psychologically came easily to me, even as a kid. When I started working in the field at the tender age of 21, the awe and privilege I felt in participating in another's growth made it clear that this was the right path for me....
  • Nerine Strachan
    I noticed a natural ability to converse with, and understand others. People seem to trust me very quickly and open up, naturally feeling safe in my presence. This combined with personal challenging experiences, led me to study counselling. This study was not only theoretical but a process of self discovery, which developed my natural abilities further so that I can effectively help others through the therapeutic relationship....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Loretta Pederson
    Connecting with people and offering care has been important to me since I was quite young. I am also interested in finding ways to address injustice, and see my professional and volunteer work as part of living out this commitment....
  • Geoff Heard
    I first studied massage, and was intrigued at the way people would, week after week, re-create in their bodies the tensions I had massaged away the week before. This led me to investigate the mind-body connection, and eventually to study Somatic Psychotherapy, in which mental, emotional and physical experience are seen as not only connected but as facets of a greater whole....
  • Urja Refalo
    I first came to psychotherapy in the early eighties. At this time I started my own personal journey by joining therapy groups, partaking in individual therapy and attending personal development trainings. Choosing psychotherapy as a profession became a natural step in my life’s journey, where I could then offer my support and presence, something of what I had been given in my own search for meaning and ‘who I am’....
  • Philipa Thornton
    Thinking back, it was most likely my uncles suicide when I was a teenager. I wished I would have been able to help him more. This lead me to the helping field. I worked for many years to become a licensed psychologist to be of service to others in a meaningful way....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Sarah Harwood
    Since I was a little girl I have always been the person that people would confide in. When I started teaching music at the age of 16 my students would often talk to me about difficulties at home or school. This inspired me years later to complete a Master of Arts in Counselling, specialising in marriage, children, and families. Since then I have enjoyed helping people discover their strengths to lead contented and fulfilling lives....
  • Judy Christian
    I originally (back in the 70s) studied Social Work, but then returned a couple of years later to study Psychology. I have always enjoyed helping people to solve problems and improve their life, and it's great to see people learning to be more proactive and managing issues in their life more effectively. I still really enjoy my job and hope to continue for several more years!...
  • Dana Mitrovic
    I had always had a strong interest in understanding people. Not just from a perspective of what makes us struggle, but mostly to understand what makes us each unique. I found that developing my knowledge about the human mind, development and the way which our experiences shape us was immeasurably helpful in understanding myself and those around me. The relationship which you have in therapy is the most unique, which you will ever have the opportunity to develop. Every person has a path and a journey, and it is an absolute privilege...
  • Jodie Gale
    In the early nineties, I was working at a new age bookstore and crystal shop in Covent Garden in London, when I discovered a book called Swimming with Wild Dolphins. That day, I zipped out at lunch time and booked a flight to Dingle, a small fishing village on the South West Coast of Ireland where Fungie, a wild bottlenose dolphin had made his home. I continued to swim with him for 15 years, but it was this first encounter that I had what Maslow called a peak experience. In many ways, my spiritual awakening shone the light on the...
  • Nicole Kinnaird
    My choice to study Social Work initially was due to a strong interest in working with children and the idea of having fun in my job was very important and appealing. Out of rebellion I decided I didn’t want to be a teacher (like everyone else in my family it seemed! – mother, father, step father, grandfather, aunts, uncles.) As I gained experience in working therapeutically with children and the adults in their lives I increasingly enjoyed working creatively with people of all ages and also with groups of people. Continuing...
  • Mano Suttner
    I did not choose it. It just happened just as birth and death and everything in between just happen. Our stories about choosing things are made up post facto. Nevertheless, often our conscious - or unconscious - intentions do manifest, and one of my life intentions has been to reduce suffering and to be part of creating abundance. ...
  • Penny Downy
    After many years working in different caring fields and undergoing my own in-depth personal therapy and reaping the rewards of this, I decided to 'live my passion' and study psychotherapy and counselling. Through my work I am able to utilize my calm, inquisitive and positive nature, professional education and ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and a wealth of lifetime of experiences. I believe that each individual has the ability to heal themselves. It is my privilege to accompany them on this journey, help them identify their...
  • Emily Rotta
    I came into the profession after many years of volunteering my time with homeless people and street kids. This experience inspired me to study counselling formally and to use my skills to work with young people who are faced with homelessness, violence within the family and a lack of feeling connected to the school system, their family and themselves. I had over the many years' supported young people and helped them to find hope and meaning in their own lives as well as connecting them to support to assist with this....
  • Cherie Dorotich
    I chose to become a psychologist to help people improve their lives by alleviating emotional, psychological and relational pain....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
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