Qualifications

  • Registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Association (APS)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society’s P.O.P.I.G. (the Psycho-analytically Orientated Psychologists’ Interest Group).
  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • Registered Psychological Access Plus provider (Sydney North Primary Health Network)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology (Macquarie University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Charles Sturt University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
  • Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Experience

I have experience working with people from age 5 to 82 years.

Current employment: I currently (May 2018) work in private practice and a private psychiatric hospital.

Adults: I have experience in the assessment and intervention of a wide range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, mood instability (e.g. bipolar disorder), relationship difficulties, trouble recovering from grief, loss and trauma, family conflict, managing divorce, stress management, life transition, coping with significant change, personality disorder, psychotic symptoms and the psychological complications associated with drug and alcohol addiction.

Children: My experience working with children was gained working in a school as school counsellor and included assessment and intervention. I have worked with children with anxiety, recovering from grief and loss, selective mutism, autism, stress (e.g. due to academic, social or family factors), problems stemming from misuse of technology, depression, behavioural problems, and low self-esteem.

Therapeutic modes and areas of interest

I refer to a number of therapeutic approaches and in practice am directed by the needs of the patient/client. I draw on psychodynamic, narrative, emotion-focused, cognitive behavioural (CBT), dialectical behavioural (DBT), acceptance and commitment (ACT), interpersonal therapy (ITP), and psychoanalytic thinking.  With young children I engage with art and play therapies.

I take a holistic approach to psychological intervention in the sense that many presenting psychological symptoms are best conceptualized as attempts to manage psychological pain.

My work includes identifying and understanding the internal logic (the sequence and combination of thoughts, feelings and behaviours) which are resulting in psychological symptoms. That is, our internal resources can interact in self-defeating ways. I am interested in the infinite ways that psychological pain finds expression. Examples include mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorders), anxiety, childhood behavioural problems, ongoing relationship difficulties, trouble recovering from trauma, grief or loss, family and parenting difficulties, self-harm, substance abuse, addiction to/misuse of internet and social media, trouble adjusting to school, mutism, irrational fears, obsessive compulsive symptoms and psychotic symptoms.

I have a longstanding interest in the (negative) relationship between anxiety and creativity. Anxiety can be a significant factor in the inhibition of a person’s emotional and intellectual development. Our physical, emotional and intellectual health constitute the foundation of creativity. Identifying, understanding and working through anxiety (psychological pain) often results in resumed creativity.