Qualifications

  • Registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society’s P.O.P.I.G. (the Psycho-analytically Orientated Psychologists’ Interest Group).
  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • 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 in psychiatric hospitals with inpatients and outpatients, school, and in private practice.  I work with all age groups.

I am now in private practice, working from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Adults: I have experience in the assessment and intervention of a wide range of symptoms including anxiety, depression, mood instability, relationship difficulties, recovering from grief, loss and trauma, family conflict, managing divorce, stress management, general life transitions, coping with significant change, personality disorders, and the psychological complications associated with drug and alcohol addiction.  I do not do court-required assessments or write court-reports.

Children: I have experience working with children with anxiety, depression, recovering from grief and loss, selective mutism, stress (e.g. due to academic, social or family factors), problems stemming from the overuse of technology, behavioural problems, anger-management, and low self-esteem.  I do not do psychometric testing or write psychometric reports.

Therapeutic modes and areas of interest

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

I take a holistic approach in the sense that many presenting psychological symptoms can be conceptualized as attempts to manage psychological pain.  Psychotherapy involves the process of identifying and understanding the internal logic (the sequence and combination of thoughts, feelings and behaviours) which is resulting in symptoms.

I have a longstanding interest in the (negative) relationship between anxiety and creativity.   Identifying, understanding and working through anxiety (buried psychological pain) often results in enhanced creativity.