"I firmly believe that people can overcome their difficulties through learning about themselves, understanding their own history and being presented with alternative ways of thinking and behaving. "
Psychologist | B App Sc Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych (Couns), M Psych, MAPS
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have 17 years counselling experience mostly in non government agencies and private practice.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
I find it very rewarding when people move from feeling lost and hopeless to a position where they are able to recognise their own strengths and gifts and are able to see a future that is fullfilling and positive.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
People come into counselling feeling overwhelmed, they blame themselves for their anxious feelings which they feel unable to control. It is rewarding to see people gain control and understanding of their anxiety and to gain mastery over it so they no longer feel like a "victim". It is particularly rewarding when people are able to enjoy activities that they previously found stressful and "scary".
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
People underestimate the amount of stress in their lives and the impact it has on their sense of happiness and wellbeing. It is rewarding to see them recognise their "stressors" and then make changes that lead to them feeling happier and physcially more "well". This leads to improvement in their work and home life.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I help clients feel comfortable and supported by being friendly, warm, welcoming, listening to them and making sure they feel heard and understood.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
Like many psychologists I am trained in a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. However I find the most effective way of working with stress, depression and anxiety is hypnosis. This is also a modality that clients enjoy and find very helpful in bringing about a sense of wellbeing.
I firmly believe that people can overcome their difficulties through learning about themselves, understanding their own history and being presented with alternative ways of thinking and behaving. I like to build on people’s strengths and to support them to do more of what is working well for them, and to facilitate changes where necessary.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Listening to them, helping them get their thoughts in order without judging them and helping them to understand why they feel the way they do and what they can do about it.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
When a client said that they were feeling much happier, their relationship was much happier and the stress reduction strategies we had worked on in counselling they are now implementing in their workplace.
9. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
Warm, caring and empathic
10. Why do you love doing this work?
I love the relationship I have with the clients and seeing them grow, develop and go on to live happier lives.