Romana is a private practicing psychologist who has previously worked in hospitals, community mental health and corrective services. She has also had the pleasure of working with Lifeline as a phone counselor and group leader. These experiences have enriched her ability to understand the needs of her clients who come from all walks of life.
Level 1, Taringa 7 Day Medical Centre, 15 Morrow Street, Taringa, Brisbane QLD 4068
07 3830 5999 PHONE07 3830 5999
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Phone Consultations
Romana completed her PhD by developing a communication training module for health professionals working in an e-health environment.
What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?
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.
Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?
Mainly that our environment and our family can make us or break us, I was fascinated with attachment theories as a student. I understand now that we are authors of our own destiny.
Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?
Generally the human spirit and how we can endure so much and learn so much about ourselves. We should never underestimate our own strengths but unfortunately the development of our frontal lobe which has made us ‘higher order animals’ impairs us in so many ways.
What method/s do you use?
Combination of Emotion Focussed Therapy for couples/individuals, Schema Therapy and the trusty CBT.
When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?
When they start challenging their own thoughts and seeing that doing things differently can really make a difference.
How has therapy made you a better person?
I am humbled on a daily basis at the strength, courage and endurance of the wonderful clients who actively choose to make the massive decision to seek out a total stranger to help them start a new life.
What do you like most about being a therapist?
The opportunity and privilege of being included and invited to help people help themselves.
Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?
Oh you know I do! I pick myself up and brush myself off, push through and try desperately not to catch my own reflection.
What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?
I sound like a broken record but truly it is all about that we just get in our own way. Sometimes we forget our strengths and highlight our weakness and become tunnelled in our vision of ourselves.
Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?
When I read the story of Anne Frank for personal reasons as a child I began to understand the strength of the human mind.
Romana is a private practicing psychologist who has previously worked in hospitals, community mental health and corrective services. She has also had the pleasure of working with Lifeline as a phone counselor and group leader. These experiences have enriched her ability to understand the needs of her clients who come from all walks of life....
HELP I can’t find an image that I had previously.
If you like a particular image, make a note of what search term or tag you used to find it –before trying other images. You can then go back to the same image if you want to. Please note that there is the possibility that someone else may select it for their profile in the meantime.
I get only one or two results when searching the image library.
You will get more results if you select a tag from the dropdown list. Use the keyword search only if you are looking for something specific.
I get no results when I search the image library.
Make sure you enter a keyword or select a tag from dropdown list (not both.)
Try a broader search term, for example “birds” instead of “pelican.”
Search for similar words, try “soft” instead of “gentle” and “peaceful” instead of “quiet.”
I want to see only the images that were uploaded recently.
New images will be added to the library on a regular basis: Select “new” from the dropdown to see these images.
I want the text to be smaller (or larger.)
You can change the text by selecting your preferred Font Size for each of the three fields on your profile cover: Name, Title & Bio
Should I use different colours for the text on my profile cover?
It is very tempting to jazz up a profile with coloured text, please be careful when doing so. We recommend that you ask others for feedback. In our experience, white is almost always the best colour for text. Use other colours for text only if the image you choose looks better with a light background colour for your text box.