Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, depression, overwhelm, self esteem issues, grief and loss, relationship issues and retirement issues. As an older psychologist I have a special interest in the issues we face as we age. I also enjoy working with couples and families.
I offer supportive counselling in a confidential environment to help you work through issues that are troubling you, including relationship and family difficulties.
I work from both a Solutions Focussed Brief Therapy Perspective and a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy perspective (CBT). I also use Mindfulness exercises for relaxation and to improve concentration.
Solutions Focussed Brief Therapy
asks present and future focussed questions rather than spending a lot of time focussing on the past (which we can't change). It encourages you to look for exceptions - times when the problem was less of a problem. It helps a person get in touch with their strengths. The Miracle question is often asked,"Suppose that one night while you were asleep, there was a miracle and this problem was solved. How would you know? What would be different? What would your husband or children notice was different?".
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
aims to help you become aware of the negative thoughts that influence our moods and keep a problem going. It helps you recognise faulty thinking and its origins. More positive options are then sought and applied. CBT involves some homework such as jotting down any negative thoughts you have and the context in which they occur.
I have worked with clients from a broad range of cultural backgrounds, age groups and presenting issues. I have found that the techniques that I use are user friendly, that is they are not only found to be useful but often enjoyable at the same time. I use a range of techniques to promote constructive change in my clients including CBT, Solution Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness.
I come with a great deal of life experience and consider myself to be warm, empathic, sensitive and knowledgeable. I am seen as a compassionate person with a strong sense of social justice by those who know me.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Education
- Diploma of Education
- Graduate Diploma Applied Child Psychology
- Graduate Diploma Family Therapy (Melbourne)
Background and Experience
I have 24 years experience as a registered psychologist and 12 years experience as a family therapist. While I grew up in Wellington, I have spent most of my working life in Melbourne.
My qualifications are all Australian except for my first degree in psychology which I completed at Victoria University, Wellington. I worked as a psychologist for many years in Australian schools, followed by 3 years based in a busy 24 hour medical centre in Melbourne. I have also worked in North Queensland with Lifeline, North Queensland.
Before training as a psychologist I was a secondary school teacher. I also worked in journalism and television.