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Psychotherapy and Counselling 

Safety, Heal, Aliveness

About Me.

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I bring attunement, respect and humility in my engagement with clients; understanding the complexity and intersection between mental health, relationships and trauma. I am a qualified and experienced mental health therapist offering a personalised approach in my work; appreciating each person is unique and do not fit into any 'neat' diagnosed criteria.

I have worked in a variety of practice settings including:

- private practice working with adults and older adolescents, young adults 

- workplace counsellor (Employee Assistance Program) 

- school counsellor working with children and adolescents and offering professional mental health development education to school staff and leadership. 

- several community organisations working with vulnerable families and children, domestic violence, and offering group parenting training and workshops, 

- a brain injury unit in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation hospital and 

- in a government child protection agency including court work.

Prior to re-training as a therapist I had worked over 10 years as a Public Relations/Communications consultant in various workplace settings including consultancy, local government, non government and education. 

I currently practice in my rooms in the North Shore.

My therapeutic approach:

I tailor my modalities according to the needs of each client. I am also a trained trauma-informed, EMDR and person-centred process oriented therapist. I believe what makes therapy most effective and helpful is the person of the therapist and the ability to provide a safe therapeutic relationship. I am also committed and engage in ongoing professional supervision and training to ensure I maintain and provide ethical, and current clinical knowledge and practice.

 

I draw primarily on my knowledge, training and skills from the following modalities:

-              Neurobiology of attachment, safety and resilience

-              Person-centred process oriented approach

-              Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

-              Trauma informed therapy including Somatic approach

-              Ego state parts therapy

-              Mindfulness and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

-              Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Individual Therapy

 

I am passionate about working with clients who need support with the following challenges:

● Anxiety and stress ● Complex trauma, PTSD ● Childhood/Developmental Abuse

● Depression ● Self-harm and suicidality ● Sexual/ Physical/ Psychological/ Spiritual Abuse

● Family difficulties ● Relationship issues/abuse ● LGBT ● Eating disorders/Body image

● Addictions ● Grief and loss counselling ● Workplace issues 

 

I offer support working with only older adolescents in partnership with parents/caregivers:

● Mental health; anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harm ● School related issues; bullying, social skills ● Family and relationship challenges ● Parenting skills and coaching

Memberships and Accreditions

Therapy & Counselling Services

All sessions can be in Person or Telehealth:

  • Initial Session - Individual (1-1.5 hr) 

  • Subsequent Sessions - Individual (1 hr)  

If you have a GP mental health care plan or a referral from your psychiatrist you may be eligible to receive a medicare rebate for sessions.

Medicare rebates apply under Better Access Mental Health Care Plan. Clients can receive up to 10 sessions per calendar year *$81.90 rebate, Group session *$20.80 rebateClaims can also be made through some *private health insurances depending on level of cover.

* Including Teachers Health Fund, HCF, Bupa, Nurses & Midwives Health, UNiHealth Insurance 

"The healer you have been looking for
is your own courage to know and love yourself completely"

Yung Pueblo

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