I love my work and feel grateful and privileged to be of service in this way. I also love animals and am inspired by the beauty and wonder of nature.
My curiosity about how we think and why we feel and behave in the ways we do led me to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. I gained valuable life experience whilst travelling and working in different countries before studying Holistic Counselling and then training as a Relational Psychotherapist.
I’ve worked in private practice since 2004. I’m committed to client safety and ethical practice, and I attend regular professional supervision and ongoing personal and professional development.
I believe that we are all inherently OK. I have enormous respect and compassion for the incredibly creative conscious and unconscious strategies that we develop to survive, and in our striving to ‘belong’ or feel ‘good enough’ in this world. Sometimes those strategies outlive their usefulness and our ‘comfort zones’ become more and more uncomfortable. Instead of only ‘surviving’, we want to ‘thrive’. We want to find more meaningful and authentic ways of being. We want to develop more effective communication and ways of relating to others. We want to experience joy and fulfilment in all areas of our lives. I believe that in order to heal our wounds and achieve this we need to do our own ‘work’, and that’s where psychotherapy and counselling come in.
I work from an Integrative Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) perspective, which uses the therapeutic relationship to understand the conscious and unconscious dynamics in your relationships and helps you to develop more authentic and mindful ways of relating. Increased self-awareness and having new ways of relating to yourself and others gives you more options for responding to your environment, e.g. consciously having a choice of behaviours, thoughts and feelings instead of automatically repeating the familiar ones.
The Integrative Relational TA approach integrates psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural theory as well as current research outcomes in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and mindfulness. It is holistic in terms of working with the whole person: mind, emotions, body and spirit, and it takes into account your history, culture, family, work and social environments.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology)
Certificate IV Counselling
Advanced Diploma in TA (Psychotherapy)
Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy)