MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
Note all sessions are currently being offered via videoconference, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am a clinical psychologist with an interest in self-compassion, mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). I specialise in treating anxiety, depression and stress influenced by factors such as life transitions, relationship issues and living with illness. I have a particular interest self-compassion, supporting adults of all ages to be kinder towards themselves in their thoughts, feelings and actions. I have completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School where I researched resilience and the mind-body connection. I continue to partner with Harvard for my part time research. I have a warm and gentle approach to therapy. I am committed to my own contemplative (meditation) practice, and this adds depth to my work as a therapist.
SERVICES I OFFER
PRIVATE COUNSELLING: HOW IT WORKS
Our first session starts with an assessment, where I ask you some questions to better understand life stressors and/or psychological symptoms (e.g. feeling flat, anxiety or stress) that are causing you distress. There is also an opportunity for you to consider any goals that you would like to achieve through attending therapy sessions. In sessions two onward, we continue the conversation, and I weave in evidence-based strategies to help you regulate emotions, cope with stressors, be kinder to yourself, increase well-being and/or heal from the past. I will often invite you to apply any strategies discussed in session to your daily life, to help reinforce lasting positive changes.
I am especially interested in self-compassion and mindfulness-based approaches and my training is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT forms the foundation of my approach. I have co-ordinated and taught a masters level subject in CBT skills for trainee clinical psychologists at The University of Melbourne. In my clinical practice I work with a range of conditions including:
Post traumatic stress
Adjustment to illness (including pain)
Healing from the past
Cultivating well-being & personal growth
I am currently offering a free 30-minuted guided meditation via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm Melbourne time (GMT + 11). The group is open to everybody, but note that meditation is not suitable if you are acutely distressed. While meditation can be therapeutic, it is not a substitute for therapy. If you are interested in participating, send through an email for more details: email@example.com.
To further commit to giving back, a proportion of sales is currently going to support Rockhill Hermitage (https://www.rockhillsrilanka.com/).I have spent many months at Rockhill in intensive meditation practice, under the guidance of the late Bhante Kassapa (a Theravada Buddhist monk). This meditation retreat centre is currently in financial hardship due to the absence of international visitors during the COVID pandemic.