Mental health, Sydney
Explore Empower Enrich - your journey to recovery!
From beginnings in psychology
As a psychology graduate (BA Hons) in 2001 I began to form my interest in the mental health field. Volunteering in mental health residential care homes from the age of 20 helped me to gain an understanding of people who struggle with daily life. Furthering my interest in psychology I completed my Masters (MsC) in Developmental Psychology.
Ongoing professional development
Whilst being a successful teacher, senior leader in schools, consultant and assistant headteacher, I was able to gain experience in my own time by volunteering - this allowed me to learn from clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists who had a wealth of experience. I completed my Counselling Skills for Children & Adolescents Diploma during this time.
Masters of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy
Full-time study in 2015 in great detail with a large amount of practical experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist leading to PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) registration and opportunities for further high-quality professional development - new learning and new experiences leads to new developments!
Certified Yoga Training
Our body, mind and soul are connected and all need to be nourished. Recovery from a difficult time in our lives can be more effective if we work in a holistic way. Yoga can help with this. Research has proven that yoga can help alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Working 1-1 or in a small group with specific poses can have a positive impact on improving our mental health. I run wellness retreats regularly (see www.RollingHillsRetreat.com.au)
To the present... the gift of therapy is a wonderful thing. I am privileged to be invited on the journey with such wonderful clients - I hope that you will be next.
Satisfied clients who experience positive change
Other Collaborations with Successful Organisations
I have been an Allied Health Professional for Emotional Wellbeing @ Virgin Active, Moore Park. I have delivered workshops to their Personal Trainers.
I have been fortunate enough to represent Executive Mandala as a Senior Associate Executive Business Coach working with BUPA and DSA. Full business coaching programs available via Executive Mandala.
I have been a Mental Health Trainer & Assessor for Premium Health which involves facilitating workshops with organisations across Australia to improve awareness of Mental Health in the workplace.
I have also delivered workshops for various organisations on healthy relationships, conflict resolution, emotional resilience and mental health in the workplace. I created a mental health program at headspace, Campbelltown which is used by their psychologists and other community workers.
I also ran incredibly empowering and successful anxiety and depression support groups at headspace, Campbelltown in 2018/2019.
Mental health, Psychotherapy, Sydney
The therapeutic relationship which is formed between therapist and client/s is a significant factor in bringing about positive change.
Some of my attributes include:
- a caring nature
- emotional intelligence
- ability to make others feel safe & comfortable
- a deep understanding of LGTBIQA+ issues
- specific experience working with gay males
- awareness of drug and alcohol concerns
I have found these skills to be essential in helping clients to grow and understand how they are the key to their happiness.
I adapt to the needs of the client using whichever therapeutic modality is appropriate for that client at that time.
I am fully trained in:
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Person Centred Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy