I am a qualified counsellor, working in private practice in Surry Hills, Sydney.
For me, witnessing your moments of personal breakthrough is one of the most inspiring parts of the work we can do together. Using my training and experience to support you on the journey towards these moments is a challenging, creative and rewarding process, which is built on a foundation of client/counsellor collaboration.
BA(Psych), LLB, GradDipCouns MACA
Calling the process "counselling" is in some ways misleading. "Counselling" sounds like "advising", and that is not what I believe counsellors should do. I see the role of the counsellor (or, therapist) as that of a non-judgmental, empathetic collaborator, supporting you towards solutions that are not imposed by me, but come from within you. This a broadly Rogerian approach which proposes that the resources required for you to flourish are already within you. I believe that my role as a counsellor is to help you discover and draw upon these innate resources in order to find ways through the more challenging aspects of your life. To do so, I draw on principles and use techniques from several evidence-based (proven) forms of psychological therapy. Of these, my principle focus is on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This is a contemporary form of cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness to make room around difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations so that they do not direct your behaviour. At the same time, we examine what truly matters to you (your values) and find ways to commit to action which is in line with these, in order to make your life rich and meaningful.
While building my private practice, I also worked for five years as a youth worker at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney's Kings Cross. In this job, I worked with young women and men as they struggled with homelessness, addiction, mental illness and issues of identity - often on the back of early lives that were characterised by trauma. I drew on my training as a counsellor daily in my work with these vulnerable young people. I also found that the experience of working with the young people informed and supported my counselling work in private practice.
My early studies consisted of an Arts Degree with a major in Psychology as well as a Law Degree. From there, I took a sharp left turn into the film industry. I spent nearly twenty years as a film editor, collaborating with directors and producers to bring their stories to the screen. I have found that the years I spent rapport building and collaborating in editing rooms have honed my communication skills which are so important in counselling.
My counselling qualification is a Graduate Diploma completed at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. As part of this qualification, I undertook an internship in a rehabilitation facility where I completed over 80 hours of counselling clients with addiction, including both group work and individual counselling. The work with these clients included supervised training and experience in using the principles and techniques of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.
It is well established that one of the most important elements in the relationship between a client and their counsellor is the development of rapport. Certainly, the building of rapport depends on the skill of the counsellor, but the personalities of the two individuals involved also inevitably plays a part. That’s why I am happy to offer you a 15-minute chat on the phone to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. After that discussion, you can decide if you are ready to commit to a full, face-to-face, counselling session. We can also meet over Skype or Facetime, if coming into central Sydney is difficult for you.
If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), they may support you to seek help from me. Speak to your HR manager.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Do you need help with...?
Grief and loss
Bachelor of Arts (Psych)
University of Sydney
Bachelor of Laws
University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma of Counselling
My Professional Registration:
Counselling Association (ACA, Member No. 2443)
ACA members undergo mandatory ongoing professional development [i.e. training] and supervision to ensure that they provide ethical, quality care for their clients.