I offer a compassionate and committed focus to assist individuals' deal with the problem issues
they are challenged by and struggle with.
I enjoy counselling and assisting individuals' journeys at their own pace, witnessing their progression to live more meaningful lives driven by themselves, their values, hopes and aspirations to live a better quality of life.
My professional counselling experience spans over 20 years working with all age groups, individuals and groups across different contexts, Relationships Australia, Unifam, Hospital and Community Rehabilitation, Aged Care, Chronic Health, Newcastle Sexual Assault Service and Community Health Counselling Service until this service closed in 2014. Since this time I have been in Private Practice. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, registered Medicare and Victims Services provider qualified and experienced in working with a diverse range of Mental Health issues and provide supervision for professionals. People may self refer, be referred by their GP or Victims Services (see Referral Options page).
I Specialise in Women's Mental Health.
Whilst I do see all genders and age groups I believe my specialty is Womens' Mental Health. I provide professional counselling for the full spectrum of issues that affect people, for example, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Grief and loss, Adjustment Issues - adjusting to life and health changes, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Parenting and Postnatal Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Health, Well-Being and Self Care.
Professional therapeutic counselling
A Holistic strengths approach to suit Individual needs
My counselling experience draws from a diverse range of mindful based practices, evidence based and trauma informed therapies some of which include CBT, Narrative, ACT, Gestalt, RET, Milan and family therapies to meet individual needs.
Mental Health and the Body
Intuition or gut instinct arises from your body when attention is paid to how and what your body is communicating physically in the moment about an experience.
Providing a safe space where individuals' feel okay to feel and express what is happening for them. Therapeutic conversations assist to process experiences and the effects of domestic violence, for example, negative thoughts, PTSD, anxiety, trauma etc.
Problem issues can be sticky, tricky and complex inviting confusion, discomfort, overwhelming feelings and thoughts.. Conversations invite compassion and reflection upon life struggles and challenges and at the same time open up different perspectives to identify possible ways forward to live a better quality of life that has meaning to you.
Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long term happiness to our lives.
Breath is the link between mind and body. Dan Brule
Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are but small matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson