"I love doing this work because I get to provide people with knowledge and power to improve their understanding of themselves and others and improve their lives. Nothing should stop people from achieving their goals and I enjoy helping people to achieve theirs."
B Psych; PsyBA Approved Supervisor; MAPS
Hart Psychologists Certified
Ardross & Manning
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have 8 years experience working therapeutically with clients.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
The most rewarding aspect of working with people with depression is seeing the person emerge through the process of therapy. When I first see someone who has depression, I am not seeing their ‘true self’. As therapy progresses, I get to see who they were before the depression, and so do they. For people who have experienced long term depression, sometimes they are seeing themselves for the first time.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
The most rewarding aspect of working with people with Anxiety is seeing them being able to engage in activities that previously they were not able to due to the anxiety. Seeing people manage their self-doubts and unhelpful thoughts so that they can achieve what they want to is very rewarding.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
The most rewarding aspect of working with people who are stressed is to help them understand the difference between what is in their control and what is not, and to help relieve them of some of the feelings of responsibility that they generally carry around with them. Seeing stressed people making time and being able to relax effectively for them is very rewarding.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I help clients feel comfortable and supported by ensuring that they feel listened to and validated in their feelings. I understand that clients are often nervous in their first session and I take time to explain what to expect from therapy and explain that a client centred approach is one that means the sessions are only about them and the goals that they set. I believe in empowering clients by providing them with information on their presenting issue and their treatment.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I utilise a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Narrative therapy and for children, directive and non-directive play therapy. I take the approach that I believe will suit the client best, based on their personality, history and presenting issues. I also discuss with clients that if they are not feeling that the strategies that we discuss are working for them, that they can communicate that with me and we will utilise a different approach.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Clients have said that they have felt comfortable with me from the first session. I have been told this often and this of course, is so important in therapy. Clients have advised that they feel that I am non-judgemental and that I am soft in my approach. Clients have told me that I have helped them to regain their sense of identity and self again, and that they understand their issue much better, which allows them to have a sense of control over their life.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
That’s difficult to pick! The feedback about connection is a very important one to me as I understand how difficult it must be to come to your first therapy session and trust your Psychologist! I think one of the most heart-warming feedback I received was from a Mum of a 10 year old client who told me that they had their “beautiful little girl back”. Although picking one is hard as each client is unique and their feedback is all so special to me.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
Ability to build rapport and trust
Ability to assist people to realise their strengths
My commitment to my clients and to my profession
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I love doing this work because I get to provide people with knowledge and power to improve their understanding of themselves and others and improve their lives. Nothing should stop people from achieving their goals and I enjoy helping people to achieve theirs.