"Anxiety is an illness that makes people feel imprisoned and fearful in the world. I find it very satisfying to assist people in finding strategies that enable them to transcend and conquer their anxiety related symptoms."
Registered Psychologist | B Soc Work; B Ed (Hons); B Soc Sci (Pysch); Grade Dip Psych; Grad Dip Couns; M Couns
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have 30 years’ experience practicing and helping clients, I started my career counselling in 1986 whilst living in Canada. I have degrees in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work and Education.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
People living with depression can often feel misunderstood and lonely. I find it rewarding to be able to walk beside my clients as they find ways to manage their symptoms and experience of depression.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Anxiety is an illness that makes people feel imprisoned and fearful in the world. I find it very satisfying to assist people in finding strategies that enable them to transcend and conquer their anxiety related symptoms.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
One of the most rewarding aspects of working with people dealing with stressful events is supporting them to find ways to be at peace amongst the chaos of our modern world that enables them to know what is in their control and what is not in their control to change.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
These are the principles I use to assist me in helping people feel comfortable and supported:
- Listen and hear what people are experiencing without judgment.
- Let people know their feelings have been accepted which enable them to feel safe with their feelings.
- Find ways to allow people to feel cared for and supported.
- Help people find strength so they have faith in themselves and “they are the expert on themselves"
- Honour people’s life as sacred and to be lived as their own.
- Believe that people are born as unique and whole individuals.
- Give information that allows people to know the techniques being utilized, in the knowledge that the techniques have been researched.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
My under-pinning methodology is based upon humanistic and experiential philosophy. Some of the treatment modalities incorporated include the following therapeutic interventions: Emotionally Focused Therapy: Schema Therapy; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis and EMDR.
7. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Caring, thoughtful and helpful
8. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist….
Compassionate, flexible and patient
9. Why do you love doing this work?
I believe it is an honour and privilege to be allowed to hear somebody's life story.