MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
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 recently returned from 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 also teach CBT skills to Clinical Psychology Masters students 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
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
I love the idea of a conversation between two people benefiting a third. To make this a reality, $5 from every session is currently being donated to The Helping Hand Project, a grassroots mentoring program that helps young refugees succeed. To learn more about the project visit http://www.helpinghandproject.org.au/.