"Many clients that I teach relaxation and meditation skills to say it’s the first time they’ve actually had a “real” experience of being relaxed."
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have been working with clients for over 20 years across a broad range of issues but invariably helping people deal with the feelings of depression and anxiety which are common, and at many times a normal response to the increasing pressures we have in our worlds.
I have worked extensively with CALD communities and understand the issues of marginalisation and disadvantage. My practice in particular embraces diversity and the GLBTIQ community.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
The most rewarding aspect of working with any clients is seeing the improvements people make with support and the opportunity to really understand their situation. It’s wonderful watching clients discovering their strengths and building on them.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Having run psychoeducational groups for anxiety for over ten years and seeing improvement in client function from this very basic process, individual work allows me to support clients far more intensely.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
Stress is such a common and umbrella term for so many difficulties people have, psychoeducation, building self-awareness thorough mindfulness, meditation, finding alternate strategies but also identifying and validating their experience are all extremely important and helpful for change.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I believe I provide a calm, warm and containing environment both physically but also interpersonally focused on acceptance and sharing a journey. I believe in working with clients collaboratively with the client having control of the process and goals.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I have a client centred strengths based approach which I’ve found to be the most helpful to clients. In terms of interventions I do believe that practical management of the presenting problem is the first part of intervention with the longer term work then about the underlying issues and concerns.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Many clients that I teach relaxation and meditation skills to say it’s the first time they’ve actually had a “real” experience of being relaxed.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
The most heat warming thing a client with depression gave me was “without the conversation we had, I would have killed myself that night”. This was in incredible thing for an older male to have told me which affected me profoundly.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
- Committed and caring of others,
- Sense of Humour,
- Quirky and Unique.
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
- Very open and transparent with clients,
- Confidence in the capabilities and skills of clients
- Experienced and highly competent.
11. Why do you love doing this work?
The human experience is endlessly fascinating and it’s a privilege to be able to get onto the train a client’s travelling, share that part of their journey, hopefully leave them with a life enhancing experience, thank them for the connection and then they continue on clearer, more capable and aware of their uniqueness and value. What an amazing thing I get to do for a living.