I am a Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years experience. Counselling psychologists understand diagnosis and the medical context to mental health issues. I work with my client’s unique subjective psychological experience to empower their recovery and alleviate distress.
I have worked in higher education institutions, adult mental health, employment, Centrelink (Australia) and high schools. I have over 7 years experience counselling clients online using video call technology (Skype or VSee).
I am a woman of colour with particular interest in working with cultural identities.
My own personal model of counselling is grounded in the person-centred approach.
The core themes of the person-centred approach – unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence are central to my way of working as counsellor. Empathy is powerful and involves understanding the whole person including their perceptions, ideas, meanings as well as their feelings and emotions.
I aim to promote genuine relational depth through empathic understanding, congruence, authenticity and a belief in my client as the expert in their life.
I work in a process-oriented way which means I am particularly interested in how clients experience the world and explore ways to help understand and clarify these experiences and feelings. This can involve exploring the mind-body connection and doing mindfulness work.
2015: MA Counselling (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
2013: Online Therapeutic Relationships (Theoretical Considerations) (Online Therapy Institute, United Kingdom)
2012: Using Videoconferencing to Conduct Online Counselling (Online Therapy Institute, United Kingdom)
2001: BA Psychology (Honours) (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Organisational Registration & Membership
2015 – current: Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
2006 – current: British Psychological Society (BPS)
2010 – current: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
2004 – 2010: Victorian Psychologists Registration Board (became AHPRA in 2010)