"The most rewarding part of treating clients with severe stress is in seeing the weight lifted from their shoulders as they manage their stressors and begin to live easier lives. This is also true for clients with anxiety and depression."
Bsc (Hons Psych)
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have been in private practice for over 14 years.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
It’s rewarding to see my clients with depression begin to recover and reclaim their lives. Their ‘ah-huh’ moments are very rewarding too.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Assisting clients to master their anxiety is very rewarding.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
The rewards are in seeing the weight lifted from my clients’ shoulders as they manage their stressors and begin to live easier lives. This is also true for clients with anxiety and depression.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I think this comes naturally to me which is a gift I cherish. I find it easy to treat people as if I have met them before so that they feel comfortable and supported early. A warm smile is a great place to start.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I have a very eclectic approach – like a bower bird I collect “bits and pieces” not so much shiny objects ha ha, but strategies from various therapies that I have found to work. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach. For example, I may draw on cognitive behavioural therapy, gestalt or mindfulness or I may use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) in certain situations.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
There is no one answer to this because from what my clients have told me they feel I have helped in different ways, for example it may have been something I said “off the cuff” which becomes a defining moment for them, it could be that they feel safe enough to cry or they can have a laugh or that they’ve learned a new breathing technique or new helpful ways to think.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
The most heart-warming feedback I received was from a former client who unbeknownst to me was presenting at the same workshop. I was surprised to see her when I arrived and she acknowledged me in front of the workshop participants and told them how I had encouraged her to believe in herself which changed her life. She said I inspired her to go back to school to complete Year 12 and then on to complete a degree and secure work as a professional. I was deeply touched by her words.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Very loving, generous, humorous
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
Insight, compassion and being human
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I find it very humbling and a privilege that people trust me to walk with them through the challenges of their life