“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
My Professional Journey
My private practice is in its eleventh year and has been the most enlivening work context I have experienced. It is enormously rewarding to offer the opportunity for others to engage in meaningful personal exploration while finding pathways to bring goals to fruition.
2017 saw the expansion of my practice into beautiful new space in Prahran, where safety and creativity are privileged. This is a wonderful time to join me. I am ready to collaborate with you in the service of your needs and intentions.
Equipped with my original training and solid grounding in clinical psychology, I have immersed myself in relational, experiential and arts based approaches to psychotherapy over a period of 14 years. I have woven together the diverse threads of my training and clinical experience with delicate and dedicated care, arriving at an approach that has solidity and depth.
It is of great importance to me to create emotional safety for the people with whom I work. I value curiosity and openness; supporting others to express themselves without needing to hold back through fear of judgement or overwhelm.
Across the community sector, psychiatry settings, and private practice, both with individuals and groups, I have considerable experience responding to the impacts of trauma and early relationship difficulty. I hold skills in carefully navigating through these complex past experiences, maintaining an empathic and hopeful outlook, and being prepared to go the distance.
Creativity & Collaboration
Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, I will collaborate with you sensitively and attentively so that we can move towards deeper understanding of what really matters to you. Through this intricate and attuned process, we can discover what you need in order to experience relief and a greater sense of how to move forward. I won’t advise, or consider myself to know more than you do. We may both be uncertain at times as we move through to a clearer view of what you need, right now, to live fully with a sense of meaning and connection.
From my perspective, therapy is a time to openly explore your thoughts and feelings while receiving empathy, respect and skilled listening. Creative arts techniques may be offered in addition to talking, providing gentle and surprising ways to discover and shift perspective.
A Relational Approach
My approach places emphasis on enabling people to build and maintain supportive and enriching relationships in all areas of their lives. Holding an understanding of the impact of childhood relationships, I offer an opportunity to reflect on how early patterns of relating may be continuing into the present. I am committed to empowering my clients to make flexible choices through greater understanding of themselves and their relationships.
People who see me may be experiencing:
Anxiety, worry or uncertainty
Depressed mood, limited energy or low self-esteem
Difficulty managing intense or overwhelming emotions
Lack of life direction or meaning
Trouble making sense of the past, or moving on from traumatic experiences
Relationship or family concerns
Repeated challenges in relationships over time
Loss or significant change
Physical pain or illness
Contact me to discuss your specific needs