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  • Jenetta Haim
    I was always interested in helping people to succeed and progress. When I was a teenager a very wise person said to me that to teach people things properly you must have done them yourself. So I did a lot of study and courses and personal development to work on my own 'stuff' while getting some expertise under my belt. He was right. By knowing myself to some extent it gave me better insight to other people around me and how to help them. ...
  • 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...
  • Corina Johns
    It's the only thing I've wanted to do since the age of about 15 when the idea first came to me. I've always had a gift for listening to and helping people, and genuinely love getting to know and understand others. Being a part of a positive change in someone's life is incredibly rewarding, and I would never want to do anything else....
  • 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. ...
  • Irene Rose
    I am passionate about working with the human condition and consider it a great privilege to be able to help individuals, couples and families to create a better life, relationships and future for themselves. It brings me tremendous satisfaction to witness people overcome their difficulties and grow and change for the better. ...
  • Julia McKenzie Palmer
    For some of us it is a calling. Not where we purposefully started but where we find ourselves. ...
  • 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...
  • Jan Campbell-Thompson
    After a life time of traveling widely both geographically and within the land of myself, it was a natural progression....
  • Tessa Ipp
    I was going through some issues of my own in my 20's. A good friend suggested I see a wise and insightful Clinical Social Worker, Bev. She had such a profound impact on my life that I decided to change professions. I enrolled to study Social Work at Sydney University and began volunteering as phone counsellor. My field placement with Relationships Australia was another important influence as was meeting a gifted body-mind psychotherapist in 1999. This lead me to study a more holistic approach to psychotherapy involving the...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Debbie O'Connor
    Since I was a child I have always been interested and curious about people, what makes them the unique individuals they are, and have always had a keen desire to help people in distress. I began my career in the helping professions in the field of nursing, however after the death of a close relative through suicide, I became increasingly aware of the distress that so many people feel as a result of traumatic life experiences and mental health concerns. At this time I also embarked on my own personal development and therapy, and...
  • 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....
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