"People with depression are often stuck at a point in their lives – the most rewarding aspect of working with them is assisting them to become unstuck and to get their lives moving in a positive direction again."
Registered Psychologist | BA Psych, Grad Dip Psych, B Education, BA, Grad Cert Careers, Certificate 4 in Workplace Assessment and Training
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have been practicing for 13 years.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
People with depression are often stuck at a point in their lives – the most rewarding aspect of working with them is assisting them to become unstuck and to get their lives moving in a positive direction again.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Helping manage their fears so that they can have a life that is freer and more enjoyable.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
Empowering people to either change their thinking and/or what they are doing to achieve more balanced lives that are in harmony with their values.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
Frequently consulting with them on the goals they want to achieve, their view of the progress of the sessions, and regularly following up where appropriate. I also hope my non-judgemental but warm approach means that the clients know that I have their best interests at heart.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
Most helpful approaches are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also find it useful to search for helpful and unhelpful patterns of behaving and work towards either reinforcing or changing as needed. My skills in hypnosis are also useful as as is my training in EMDR and Schema Therapy.
I tailor my approach to suit the clients’ particular needs. I work with them to set clear goals and then develop a program dedicated to achieving these goals. This includes exercises, activities and experiments designed to help them practise and consolidate the specific psychological skills needed to ensure that they establish, maintain and sustain a healthy and balanced life.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
My practical approach and caring support.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
“You saved my life …”
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist?
- A broad range of skills and training
- Practical tools and skills to share
- Common sense
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I love supporting people through difficult times and helping them effectively manage their moods to live happier and more fulfilling lives.