"I help clients feel comfortable and supported in various ways - I might invite them to slow down and make “space for how they are feeling”, no need to move on too quickly. This often helps clients to see that how ever they are feeling is OK."
B Arts, M Psych, Grad Dip Adolescent & Child Psych, M Ed Psych, Grad Cert Fam Therapy & Fam Sensitive Practice,
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have been practicing for 22 years.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
Helping clients to explore and understand the underlying or core issues. Helping clients to feel empowered to manage their emotional needs.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Essentially the work can be empowering for clients - helping them to gain increased insight and understanding of themselves and their emotional needs. For them to learn what their triggers, vulnerabilities and needs are. Helping them to manage their choices and relationships as impacted by their symptoms and behaviour.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
That they have a responsibility and need to manage their stress, helping clients to value themselves so that they can allow themselves a balanced life, to assert themselves and set up or be clear about their boundaries.
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I often reflect how they might be feeling, I observe their facial expressions and body language. Often - with very difficult emotions of grief, sadness, anger and shame I will name it, i.e. if it seems like they are resisting or trying to hold it in, I will suggest my guess at what might be going on for them. I might also invite them to slow down and make “space for how they are feeling”, no need to move on too quickly. This often helps clients to see that how ever they are feeling is OK.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I use Emotion Focused Therapy as my main and preferred therapeutic approach. I also integrate CBT, mindfulness and ACT. I am an Educational & Developmental Psychologist so I also have a developmental and attachment framework when I am conceptualising my clients.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Clients report feeling stronger and feeling empowered, managing their anxiety - that their triggers don’t impact so strongly, or that recognising the triggers has helped them to manage their emotional needs. Also, increased insight into themselves and their underlying core issues/needs - empowers them to help themselves and manage their relationships.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
That I don’t realise how much I have made a difference to their lives, that helping them to understand their anxiety, stress or vulnerability has helped them learn how to help themselves or manage themselves so they don’t have to feel so depressed, anxious or overwhelmed, and if they do, they know it’s OK and it will pass. They know that their mind set plays a major role in their well being.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Busy, healthy and loveable.
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
Curious, motivated and genuine.
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I enjoy working with people and witnessing their emotional growth and development. I consider myself privileged that people would share their vulnerabilities and experiences with me.