Post Grad Cert in Early Childhood Education
MSc (Educational and Developmental Psychology)
Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
I am a registered psychologist with close to twenty years experience delivering psychological support and intervention with adults, children and families in educational and health settings, early childhood and parenting services, and private practice. Working in partnership with clients I provide therapeutic intervention to address challenges including depression, anxiety and other stress-related disorders, difficulties relating to social adjustment and emotional regulation, relationship and interpersonal communication issues and a range of other presentations an individual might develop in response to their unique personal circumstances.
Warm and approachable in nature I display a commitment to continuing professional development and evidence-based intervention.
Our work together will be informed by the following therapeutic approaches:
Systems Theory – None of us exist in isolation, in fact we are inseparable from our network of relationships. Exploring and understanding the system in which you function is central to formulating an effective intervention plan. We will look at how you and members of your system contribute to, and are affected by, certain behaviors. We will strive to recognise and understand how particular actions affect one another and to begin adopting positive behaviors to benefit yourself and the system around you as a whole.
Relationship-Based Therapy – As social beings many of the characteristics we value and develop are informed through the relationships we share with others. From our very earliest relationships to our current significant others, the nature and quality of our interactions impact our sense of self and well-being. Our patterns of thoughts, feelings and behavioural responses are endlessly shaped and influenced by the interactions and experiences we engage with.
Brain-Based Therapy – Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how and why people change and brain-based therapy effectively synthesises neuroscience, evidence-based treatment and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. Through learning how your brain and body work, you are offered a tangible understanding of your disorder, how it functions, and a sense of hope you can gain mastery over it. Just as your body has the ability to heal wounds, so does your brain. Your brain has the capacity to change through a process known as neuroplasticity that allows rewiring some of the established pathways in your brain and learning to better self-regulate in the face of strong emotional and physiological responses.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (in training) – When the behaviour your child displays presents a challenge to you and the relationships you share with your child it is valuable to intervene early. Support and coaching to repair or strengthen the relationship can enhance a parent’s capacity and confidence and positively impact on a child’s sense of security and their consequent pattern of behaviour. Making changes in the nature of interactions you share involves recognising the subtle qualities of interactions that characterise dysfunctional or adaptive relationships and translating those observations into sensitive and effective coaching strategies. Through this coaching and reviewing process we can build more effective and satisfying relationships.
Interaction-based therapy can be enhanced with the use of real-time coaching during an interaction, and/or review of short sections of video footage, to enhance communication within relationships. This active engagement in the change process, reflecting and reviewing authentic interactions rather than simply talking about them, will enable you to more readily act in a manner consistent with the partner you want to be in relationships you share with others.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – supporting you to reach acceptance of what is out of your personal control and taking committed action to improve and enrich your life. The aim of ACT is to maximise your potential for a rich, full and meaningful life through:
- a) teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known mindfulness skills)
- b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – identifying your values – then using that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better
Mindfulness enhances your awareness, focus and openness so allowing you to engage fully in what you are doing at any moment. ACT can enhance your awareness and application of a range of mindfulness skills in daily life so reducing the impact and influence of difficult thoughts and feelings. These skills include:
1) defusion: distancing from, and letting go of, unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and memories
2) acceptance: making room for painful feelings, urges and sensations, and allowing them to come and go without a struggle
3) contact with the present moment: engaging fully with your here-and-now experience, with an attitude of openness and curiosity