I am a therapist who believes that counselling and psychotherapy is a journey to resolve painful emotional problems. A journey to move from a position of ‘stuck’ (pain) to ‘unstuck’ (growth). But you do not journey alone. I will walk with you, at your pace, at your comfort level. In my experience, the way to do so is to build a therapeutic trusting bond, where you feel safe, supported. This is the key component in successfully exploring relationship difficulties. Through this meaningful therapeutic bond, together we can find the underlying cause of your own relationship distress using proven psychological techniques. This trusting bond with me as your counsellor is the space where your emotional pain can begin to heal. Just as many of our most painful circumstances often happen within relationships, it is also within a therapeutic relationship that these wounds can mend.
I work with individuals who want to have a better way of being with other people in fulfilling relationships. I am naturally empathic and use person-centred approach to help create the long-term changes you want in your life. In my view, no one is broken or a failure, and therapy is not about fixing you. There are legitimate reasons when we as humans are ‘stuck’ at pain. I will provide a safe and non-judgemental space where together we can gently explore the problems to create lasting solutions for you. I believe that every person has the capacity to change for the better and to move toward wholeness. My belief is born out of 20 years of clinical experience, helping my clients, witnessing in their therapy how courageously they work for the outcomes and the life they want.
People come to see me for many reasons, including:
• Loneliness or inability to find a satisfying intimate relationship
• Difficulty communicating with others or being able to trust other people
• Loss and grief related to a death or the end of a significant relationship
• Trouble coping with the impact of previous life experiences such as bullying, abuse, neglect, or sibling rivalry
• Depression and anxiety
• Resolving specific fears/phobias like agoraphobia
• Sexual difficulties, such as performance anxiety
• Social anxiety and inhibition in social environments
We all have relationships with others, with our physical world, and with ourselves. In childhood, we learn through parenting and play to create these relationships while making sense of them too. So, our capacity for relationship is intertwined with our capacity to make meaning of our life. However, negative experiences can harm this process so that we lose important relationships and lose a sense of meaningfulness to our lives. Counselling and psychotherapy in part is about finding our way again to allow us to be in meaningful relationships.
As for myself, I have researched, studied and lectured on attachment, separation and loss for fifteen years in university, clinical and community settings. I have in-depth knowledge of interpersonal psychological development and the skills needed to strengthen relationships.
I am dedicated to helping you find the help you need. On the rare occasions when I feel there may be a better fit for a person’s specific needs, I am able to connect that person with other mental health resources.
As a career, counsellor, psychotherapist, and mental health practitioner, I have 20 years’ experience working in clinical, community, and mental health settings both in Australia and Europe, as well as extensive clinical training in psychotherapy. I have worked with many kinds of people from different cultures and in varying life situations, including LGBTQ and intellectually disabled clients. I am also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW).
Many clients have kindly said to me that I am genuinely interested in what they say and who they are. And that I am warm, understanding, easy to talk to, and encouraging.
I hope you will allow me help you. Please call 0400 999 918 to meet with me.