I am a Counselling Psychologist with over 12 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 4 years experience counselling clients online using video call technology (Skype).
I believe that a sound theoretical grounding is an important development of counsellor practice. Research has found a relationship between effective counsellors and their personal philosophy. 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 regularly cited as a predictor of effective therapy. It involves understanding the whole person including their perceptions, ideas, meanings as well as their feelings and emotions.
The humanistic philosophical underpinning of the person-centred approach is based on the idea that we are relational beings and all possess an innate self-actualising tendency with the drive to create and grow. This resonates with my own beliefs and experience of the human condition – that is, we strive to better ourselves, work towards self-acceptance and meaningful relationships with others. I believe that the actualising tendency is a helpful concept which allows us to recognise that there is something within the human make-up which can help us grow past unhelpful or ‘dysfunctional’ beliefs.
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)