I understand the decision to go to a therapist is a difficult one. Besides the practical considerations of time and money, there is the emotional consideration of whether you are ready to ask for support and to open up to a therapist. Because I understand how daunting starting therapy can be, I create a working relationship with you where you will feel safe and understood. It is within our relationship that we will examine your everyday experiences, your beliefs and feelings about yourself and others, entrenched patterns of behaving and relating to others, the ways you protect yourself from hurt, and the influence of your childhood experiences. So it is important that you feel comfortable with me. So, a little bit about me (apart from my love of animals and my garden!)...
I primarily treat
Problems of self (self-concept, self-esteem, self-development, identity), relationship problems, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders and personality disorders (e.g. narcissism, borderline personality disorder).
I practice using self psychology, a psychodynamic therapy. Self psychology is useful for you if you are looking for a welcoming, nonjudgmental and empathic approach to treatment. This approach focuses on your experiences to gain a deeper understanding of you within your own emotional world and how this plays out in your relationships and life in general. In session we talk about whatever you feel is most important to discuss. This may include past experiences, current stressors, dreams, feelings about the therapy or me, or whatever is on your mind in that moment. As your therapist, I might inquire about certain areas of your life. I might also notice what you don’t share and raise this with you. But ultimately you are completely free to choose the focus and pace of sessions.
I previously worked in a range of psychology settings including a Brisbane Adult Mental Health Service where I conducted psychological assessments and individual therapy, Mater Private Hospital where I provided psychological support to women with Breast Cancer, a private girls' school where I treated individuals and groups of students, New Farm Clinic where I facilitated Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups, and University Student Services where I provided disability and counselling support to students. I also worked at an Australia-wide not-for-profit counselling organisation as a both a counsellor and later a manager/ counselling centre supervisor.
I previously held a Lecturing position at Australian Catholic University, teaching Psychodynamic Therapy and Counselling Theory and Interventions.
I have completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology. My PhD examined treatment resistance in eating disorders from a self psychology perspective.
I am a Clinical Psychologist.
I previously completed my Master of Counselling and undergraduate Psychological Science degree at the University of Queensland.