"I regard methodologies as my toolkit and I will apply what is evidenced-based. My training as a scientist orients me to rigour in my choosing interventions. Among the many approaches in my toolkit are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy(ACT), mindfulness, trauma-focused therapies, systems family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, hypnosis, EMDR. "
Registered Psychologist | B Sc (Hons), B Soc Admin, B A (Psych), B Psych (Hons), Grad Dip Mediation (Family), PhD
Hart Psychologists Certified
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
My approach to stress has been recently reshaped by Kelly McGonigal’s research finding that changing your mind’s belief about stress as harmful changes the body’s responses. Therefore, I aim to help stressed people live a values-oriented life because by viewing the stress response as helpful, you create the courage and when you continue to reach out when in stress, you create resilience. It is most rewarding to see them realise that they can make stress their friend.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I have a deep and profound respect for anyone who arrives for therapy. The personal journey to face your vulnerability, decide to take action and to put your trust in a complete stranger is monumental. It is my deep respect for psychology clients and awe for their courage that motivate my work with them.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
In principle, I do not fit people and problems into methodologies. I regard methodologies as my toolkit and I will apply what is evidenced-based. My training as a scientist orients me to rigour in my choosing interventions. Among the many approaches in my toolkit are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy(ACT), mindfulness, trauma-focused therapies, systems family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, hypnosis, EMDR.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
My clients have said that I provide practical strategies for stress management, including apps for guided meditation, help them to monitor and deal with thoughts more constructively, and to be more kind to themselves; and lastly, I assist them to put stresses/events into perspective, and to focus on the big picture.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
The most recent heart-warming feedback was from a young woman who is coming to terms with her sexual abuse and her words were “now I can begin to write my story and reclaim my life”.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Intelligent, loyal, accepting and supportive.
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
I remain non-judgemental while supporting a person to challenge her own thinking and showing empathy. I listen deeply which helps me to remember and make connections to relevant ideas/events discussed in previous sessions. I have the utmost respect for the courage of each person who seeks change.
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I am reminded that it is an honour and privilege to do this work whenever someone says: “I’ve never told anyone this before…” because in the next moment, we enter sacred territory where trust and rapport are delicately balanced. I am humbled as I watch personal stories of strength and perseverance unfold and transform into lives of dignity and resilience.