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)

 

Ongoing Professional Development

I am currently (October 2021) doing postgraduate training with the Australian Psychoanalytical Society (APAS).  The APAS is a component society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA).  

 

Experience

I have experience working in psychiatric hospitals with inpatients and outpatients, school, and in private practice.  I am now in private practice, working from Tuesday to Saturday.

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 mode and areas of interest

I practice analytic-psychotherapy.   We analyse in order to understand: not to judge, not to blame.  The idea is that increased self-knowledge facilitates change… because when we know ourselves really well… when we really understand how and what we think and feel (our overall patterns), what triggers certain kinds of thoughts or emotions or memories within us, what we are vulnerable to, attracted to, what we tend to avoid etc, we are then in a better position to navigate our world and our place in it.  When we deeply know and understand ourselves, we are in a good position to be able to make an informed decision about what we are happy with in ourselves, what we would like to change within ourselves; what direction we would like to grow towards.  Our capacity for self-definition increases.  It starts with an analysis, or an understanding, of how we have been “put together” over the course of our lives thus far.  So early in the therapy, the sessions will typically focus on the work of self-knowledge; later on in the therapy, the sessions tend to function more as a time and place within which alternative ways of being are imagined, thought about, talked about, experimented with, and reported-back on.  We grow in the presence of an other.  

I have a longstanding interest in the inverse relationship between anxiety and creativity.   As anxiety decreases, creativity tends to increase, and vice versa.  The energy that would have otherwise been spent managing the anxiety is freed up to be used in more positive, creative ways.