"I like to work at the pace of each client, being guided by them in the level of connection they are ready to work with - working bit by bit to create a connection in which they find the courage to explore that part of themselves that is wounded and vulnerable; apprehensive and restless; or hassled and tense. "
B App Sc (C&HS), B Sc (Psych), PG Dip Psych
Hart Psychologists Certified
Coomera and Miami
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
More than 22 years experience. Whilst completing my Diploma of Community and Human Services through Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, I was employed by the Student Support to run workshops on a variety of topics. That was around 1993/1994.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
I get to walk a journey with them from a place often filled with darkness toward a place that is lighter and contains much more hope.
3.What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
I have the opportunity to witness a transformation from a busy and nervous mind toward one that is developing the ability to quieten self-talk to a manageable level.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
Working with people who are stressed is enjoyable because as a team, we get to create an oasis, a haven where people can unburden themselves enough to rejuvenate and replenish themselves.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I like to work at the pace of each client, being guided by them in the level of connection they are ready to work with. Working bit by bit to create a connection in which they find the courage to explore that part of themselves that is wounded and vulnerable; apprehensive and restless; or hassled and tense.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I like to meet each client where they are at as individuals, and not to impose any predetermined constraints on how to interact. I will talk with each individual and discuss a range of approaches or interventions which I may draw from, provide some information on the theory or reason for intervention, discuss those (and suggest they research them if they choose), and then provide feedback as to whether what suggestions are made suit who they are. From those discussions, I draw a series of interventions based on what is appropriate both for the client and the issues they bring with them on a session-by-session basis whilst keeping an overall focus on an agreed upon set of treatment goals.
I enjoy drawing from a diverse range of therapy choices to create an eclectic and uniquely tailored set of interventions drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive and/or Behaviour Therapies, Person-centred Therapies, Gestalt Therapy, Systems Therapies, Adlerian Therapy, Reality Therapy, and/or Interpersonal Therapy. I try to deliver interventions in a way that feels natural, and somewhat unstructured, and which is aimed at teaching clients the skills and strategies necessary to return to the ‘real world’ and work through things successfully without the need for intervention in the future.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
What most of the client feedback I’ve received says is that I’m easy to talk with, for example
- “She has always been non judgemental and offered herself freely to both my wife and I - even outside of our sessions”
- “We liked the way she identified with us and was able to find a common ground for us to see another way of thinking”
- “It has given me someone trusted and experienced to talk to and help deal with the current situation”
- “I like her approach. She makes you feel relaxed and that she isn’t a stranger”
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
I can’t decide which of these two was the most heart-warming feedback I’ve received from a client:-
“Loved how personable and real she was. She didn't try to act like a superior to us like our last counselor we had sessions with”.
When I read that, I felt so proud that this person trusted me to walk with them through a difficult time, and that I was able to re-engage them in continuing on their journey despite a previous setback!
“Counselling sessions with Elizabeth has helped me immensely with communicating within my marriage. I find myself being able to control my emotions more and appreciate the life i have. Elizabeth is an amazing woman and has always been approachable and straightforward whilst in session and i feel comfortable expressing myself freely in her presence. I would change nothing as i am satisfied with my progress. I would highly recommended Elizabeth to everyone i know.”
When I read this one, I have to admit it bought tears to my eyes! I remember this lady arriving for her first session wide-eyed, fearful and timid. When I think about her as I read these words, I can see the growth she experienced. It is such a blessing to think that she shared a small part of that transformation with me! Namaste.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as
Understanding, compassionate, considerate
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist
Being authentic, being open, and being able to show up and meet someone where they are at in their exploration of vulnerability
11. Why do you love doing this work?
Because there is no bigger honour in life than to be permitted to share someone’s journey in life!