Research shows that a large percentage of what make therapy effective is the relationship between the client and the psychologist. So before you come and share personal information about yourself and your life with me, find out a little about me and see whether you think we would make a good team.
I’m a registered Psychologist who has been working or studying in the field for over 16 years. I have worked in the not-for-profit sector, government sector, and most recently in private practice for the past 9 years.
I am currently working part time and spend the rest of my time focussing on guiding my 2 spirited, energetic young daughters to become a confident, capable, emotionally intelligent person who actively strives to live a rich, full, meaningful life, however that may look for them.
To date my interest, and most of my work, has been working with adults to guide and support them through difficult experiences. However I’m at the stage in my professional life where I’m really enjoying balancing this work with the coaching side of psychology, helping healthy people to thrive, facilitating people to be the best selves they can be, and helping them get the most satisfaction and enjoyment from their lives.
I have a special interest in coaching parents to parent from their values base rather than from an emotionally reactive space. My approach is to educate parents on respectful discipline techniques and emotion coaching, which research shows to be integral to the development of healthy successful individuals. There are two reasons this has become such an interest for me. The first is that most of the problems I see with my adults clients stem back in some way to emotional avoidance (something we learn in childhood), so I want to see a significant change in how we teach the new generation, at a societal level, how to appropriately deal with their emotions so that they don’t learn unhelpful ways of avoiding them. The second reason is that I’m currently experiencing the challenges of parenthood myself and I understand what it is like to be striving to be the best parent I can be.
As you may have noticed my practice is guided by research and I only use evidence based therapeutic approaches. I tend to pull from a variety of different therapies so as to find the best fit for each individual client. Most commonly I work from the following frameworks: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, CBT (Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), Solution focused Therapy, and positive psychology.