"Counselling clients with depression is extremely rewarding, particularly when they regain a sense of vitality and start looking towards the future."
Registered Psychologist Melbourne
BA, MA, Post Grad App Psych, M Psych, M Crim, MAPS,
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have been in private practice since 2002, so 14 years.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
When they regain a sense of vitality and start looking towards the future.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
When they start being more able to be present in the moment and embrace life.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
To see them become less overwhelmed and better able to perform effectively.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I place a lot of emphasis on building a safe therapeutic relationship, making sure that my clients know that I care about them and that I do my best to understand and get them.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Client like my ability to clearly identify issues and collaboratively work towards change.
One said the turning point was when I cried when she told me that her dog had to be put down.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
Something about being warm, making them understood and accepted, not judged, being human etc.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Reliable, kind, sense of humour
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
- Ability to understand problems in their complexity
- sound combine theoretical knowledge across a couple of treatment modalities;
- enthusiasm for ongoing learning and professional development
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I have always been interested in why people feel, think and do as they do, and I find it immensely rewarding to be able to work together with my clients towards a more fulfilling and meaningful way of being and richer relationships. I feel privileged to be able to engage with clients on a deeply personal level, and I remain excited about the wealth of new developments in the field.
12. Can you offer counselling in any languages other than English?
Yes. As a result of growing up in Switzerland and studying in Germany, I am also able to do therapy in German.