"I love doing this work as I feel so privileged to be able to support individuals who are vulnerable, yet who are willing to trust me with their vulnerability so that with the necessary skills I can guide and support them to make wise choices to enable them to live the life that they want, and the life that they deserve."
B. Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing/helping clients?
I have been supporting clients in private practice for approximately 8 years. Prior to this I worked in the area of Human Resources supporting employees of a mining company while completing my qualifications.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
It can be quite challenging working with individuals who do not see a way out of a big black hole. I try and meet them where they are when they come to see me, however over time will support them and provide them with skills to be able to find hope and build resilience. My goal is to help them unwind the spiral so that they are able to re-engage with life in a happier, more present and meaningful way.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Individuals with anxiety present with a chaotic mind and a tense and restless body. I enjoy educating individuals about how anxiety works and how they can take control of their anxiety with the right strategies and skills. These skills enable them to tame and quieten their mind and to relax their body so that they are able to make wise choices and well informed decisions. It is very rewarding being able to support individuals to restore peace back into their lives.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
We live in a very stressful time where we are time poor and have increasing responsibilities. I enjoy supporting clients explore the areas in their life that are creating stress for them. I support clients to be able to prioritise what they value most in life and to seek support where needed. Most importantly, I work with them in identifying their values and encourage them to live according to their own values.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I help them by accepting them where they are when they come to see me. I also help them understand how they got to where they are in their mental health and that there is hope and a way out of their anguish. Most importantly I reiterate to them that I am there for them, guiding and supporting them along their journey, they are not alone.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I use very much a person-centred approach. This means that I am guided by the individual that is in the room with me. Cognitive behaviour therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mindfulness) are an essential part of my practice. Other approaches that I have found to be very useful are psychodynamic therapy, schema therapy, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
The one that stands out the most is that of self-awareness. Self awareness of how their thoughts and their behaviour affect themselves and people around them. I enjoy helping individuals explore these thoughts and behaviours in a non-judging and accepting way, and support them to be able to modify the thoughts and behaviours that are not helpful in order that they may live a more productive life. I have found that individuals who make this connection are better able to achieve psychological wellbeing.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
About 3 years ago a 17 year old who was undergoing extreme stress and anxiety because of secondary schooling (Year 12) came to see me. He reported having seen another psychologist however did not find it helpful. He had very high expectations and couldn’t see how he was going to reach his goal. I managed to help him break down and prioritise his expectations so they were not as overwhelming for him. I also educated him with strategies and skills to be better able to deal with his anxieties. The following year I received a call from him advising me that he had done very well in his examinations and that he had been offered a place in the prestigious university that was his first preference. He was so excited and grateful that I was able to help him reach his goal. To this day I still can hear the excitement in his voice.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as.
Loving, caring, understanding
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist.
Accepting, warm, empathic
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I love doing this work as I feel so privileged to be able to support individuals who are vulnerable yet who are willing to trust me with their vulnerability so that with the necessary skills I can guide and support them to make wise choices to enable them to live the life that they want, and the life that they deserve.