I am one of the Founders of Partners in Psychology. I started this, alongside Matt Miller, with the aim of bringing quality psychological treatment in an affordable and accessible manner. I value working with people to determine what is best for them and prefer to create a customized treatment plan to match the specific needs of the individual or couple. I will always be a Psychologist first and a Director second, as my clients and the work I do with them is the whole point of what I do.
We tend to get stuck when trying to get rid of “negative emotions”, there is nothing wrong with feeling upset from time to time. We often make things worse when we try to supress feelings that should be there given the situation we are in. By allowing ourselves the room to feel – we can handle a lot more than we often realise.
Being able to laugh at the difficult things in life is healthy and a great way of dealing with things. If we get stuck on trying to meet impossible standards all the time and judging our actions harshly – we won’t be free to process what we need to and won’t enjoy the little things. Stop judging that twisted sense of humour and just embrace it!
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Studied at UWA and Murdoch
8+ years’ experience as a Psychologist
6+ years’ experience with complex pain/injury
6+ years’ experience with trauma and complex trauma
4+ years of leadership/management experience
- Schema Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- PTSD, cPTSD and Trauma
- Relationship Issues
- Workplace conflict
- Workplace Injury/Workers’ Compensation
- Complex/persistent pain
- Veterans (and active service) defence personnel
- Personality disorders
- Substance Dependence and Addiction
- LGBTIQ+ Allied
- Couples Counselling
- Sex Positive and Kink Friendly Practitioner
- Leadership coaching and development
- And more..
I have a pretty dry and sarcastic sense of humour. I tend to be myself– which means I may occasionally swear or open a bit about myself. Which means you get an understanding of my personality (hopefully this is a good thing). This can be for individual therapy, couples, groups or organisations – I am myself in pretty much any forum.
My approach tends to be quite eclectic. I take bits from a range of different therapies to offer you something that works for you. I tend to openly discuss what my thinking is, and let the client choose from options in order to find the right fit. I like to regularly get feedback on how it is progressing and what is working/not working to ensure we remain on track.
I also think that people should be allowed and encouraged to be who they are – supressing someone’s identity, needs or emotions is not helpful. I believe non-judgemental and supportive practice is the only way to be, and I know it is something commonly said – yet not acted on as much as people think. Sure, we have our own bias – but we need to put effort into overcoming that. None of us is perfect,
Unresolved trauma is also a significant factor in how we experience so much of our life. Often it can be an underlying factor that is stopping so many other treatments from working. This is because unresolved trauma can take up all the energy we have. I have experience working with many individuals navigating some of their most difficult moments in life. I find it deeply rewarding to help empower them to face the current and future challenges with more resources and abilities.
I am a great believer in making myself redundant as quickly as possible in the treatment process.
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I’ve had personal experience with serious illness, and persistent pain and fatigue. Navigating these difficulties is a unique process for each of us, and it is helpful to know that life isn’t easy and there are times where there is very little you can do other than just get through it. I found that my core values remained try and helped me deal with it a lot – particularly that sense of humour.
I am direct. I tend to be a “rip the band aid off” and get down to the nuts and bolts pretty quickly. I am honest, open and you tend to know what I am thinking most of the time. I am comfortable hearing about the most difficult things, as I think the work in those areas is the most important that we can do. I am unafraid of emotion – I believe the more you are able to release the bigger the recovery. While I operate with care, compassion and understanding – I am not a “huggy and feely” practitioner.
So if you want a direct but hopefully effective approach for any strange or complex matter you can think off, I am happy to bring my weird sense of humour and skills to the table and see if we mesh.
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