Thank you for visiting my site. I provide psychological therapy for young people and adults, I also supervise and provide training for psychologists and other allied health professionals.
I have been in clinical practice since 2000. I have worked in a number of different settings including Adolescent Health, Adult Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Counselling, Gambling Counselling, Trauma Counselling, LGBTI Counselling, Health Promotion and Student Counselling. I have extensive experience working with many psychological health problems including suicide, self-harm, depression, bipolar mood disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, eating disorders, bereavement, sexuality and sexual health issues, drug and alcohol as well as other addictions.
A little history...
In addition to my clinical work I have trained many Intern Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists as well as provided clinical supervision for organisations such as Headspace, ACON, Samaritans, and Wesley Mission. I have travelled across Australia training hundreds of Allied Health Professionals, GPs, School Teachers and Case Workers for many organisations including Centrelink, Lifeline, Life Solutions, Queensland Mental Health, Hunter New England Area Health and the NSW Catholic Schools Office.
I began my career in 1999 working with children with Autism. I went on to working with adults, couples and families in Community Mental Health services until 2002. Following the 2002 Bali bombing, I had the incredible opportunity to work in Bali as a crisis counsellor and as the manager of a team of Indonesian Psychiatrists and Social Workers. When I returned to Australia in 2003, I worked for Sydney South West Area Health Service as an Adolescent Psychologist. From 2003 to 2007, I worked in the area of youth suicide prevention and together with my colleague Therese King, co-developed a number of health promotion projects including a resource entitled "The Art of Fighting Depression: A resource for talking to young people about depression".
In 2003 I had the honour to become a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Masters of Clinical Health, Diploma in Applied Psychology, and Masters of Clinical Psychology programs. Until 2015, I trained hundreds of students in advanced counselling skills such as bereavement counselling, group psychotherapy, and models of psychotherapy.
In 2007 I was a Senior Project Officer at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) with the role of educating the Australian Media in suicide prevention and the accurate reporting of mental illness. I then became the Senior Education Officer for HIMH where I delivered training programs for allied health professionals in a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy.
From 2009 to 2015 I worked as a student counsellor at The University of Newcastle Counselling Service, initially as the International Student Counsellor and later as the Clinical Leader before moving into full time private practice.