I am a registered psychologist, relationship counsellor and therapeutic arts practitioner. I work and live with my family on the South Coast of NSW. My practice is situated in Berry, North of Nowra in the Shoalhaven. I value every person as unique and of infinite worth, this underlies my passion to walk alongside children, young people and their families, supporting connected relationships, well-being and resilience.
I have extensive experience in the non-government sector which includes working with children, young people and families who face various challenges, such as stress, bullying, relationship difficulties, trauma, depression and anxiety, issues relating to self-identity and issues relating to family court and parental separation. My practice involves individual and family work as well as developing and facilitating workshops and therapeutic groups.
In my practice I draw from strength and attachment-based approaches. I am a facilitator of the “Circle of Security” attachment-based parenting program and the principles of this approach guide my work with parents to enhance their relationship with their child.
I endeavour to create a space for children and young people to express themselves, to gain awareness and discover insight into their current experiences. This may enable them to develop tools to strengthen their sense of self and to cope with and work through life’s challenges.
I am committed to continuous learning and I am currently completing a Research Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice with the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Practice. My research focus is on the utilisation of therapeutic arts processes to enhance parent-child relationships. I believe that the integration of psychology with the therapeutic arts can provide ways to make meaning of our experiences, to lead to new knowing and the possibility of growth.
I am also currently learning ‘Focusing’ through ‘Focusing Australia’ in Melbourne with Jo Kennedy. Focusing is a body-oriented process that fosters awareness of subtle levels of sensation felt in the body which hold meaning of our experiences which we have not yet been able to verbalise. I am excited to learn more about focusing and how I can use it personally and in my therapeutic work.