Sydney Registered Psychologist and Couples Therapist
I have been in psychological private practice for over 16 years. I see clients from clinical, corporate and family situations, both individually, as couples or as groups.
While I had always intended to be a psychologist, my career started in the area of early childhood education in the United States. After immigrating to Australia and working as a pre-school teacher, I completed my psychology degree at Wollongong University. I was drawn into the corporate sector, where my roles included marketing, sales and human resources.
I continued my studies after some years in the corporate world, achieving a Masters of Science in Psychology degree and then an internship with additional trainings to give me the clinical expertise I now holds. I gained employment with South Pacific Private (an in-patient treatment facility) and split my time between PR and Marketing Manager and my clinical internship.
My experience as a psychologist
I moved into psychology full time and have developed programs that support families with addicted members as an outpatient adjunct to the inpatient program at South Pacific, where my roles included family therapist and assessing psychologist. I still hold a preferred service provider position with South Pacific Private.
I involve myself in executive selection, coaching and tailored EAP programs as well as training. I have developed and am capable of developing specific programs such as emotional intelligence and other team building programs for teams and executives in the corporate environment, and am a skilled mediator for both families and corporations.
My interest in all areas of human functioning has lead me to create specialty interventions for treatments of anxiety, depression, substance related disorders and other kinds of existential and life crisis situations. I enjoy bringing the pragmatism of sound theoretical perspectives into the murky environment of an individual’s self-concepts and family emotional processes, while holding reverence for the unique beliefs that help ground and add solace to the individual’s life.
Since 2008 I have been heavily involved in the exploration of Bowen Family Systems Theory and find this interesting and complex theoretical perspective to be a valuable guide in my thinking when formulating and supporting individuals, couples, families or organisations to understand the nature of their struggles.
I am the founder of Moving Minds and a core belief within my organisation is in the resilience of the human condition. In keeping with this belief, practitioners are seen as instruments of neutrality and through skilled questioning the brilliance of the help seeker emerges, becomes recognised, and is brought to full potential.
My personal philosophy is one of the interconnectedness of all things. Within the often indescribable beauty, complexity, magnificence and hopeful (and sometimes hopelessness) of life, I gravitate to the belief that everything is somehow in perfect order, no matter how chaotic.
That being said, there is most certainly a place for support, understanding and care in the uniqueness of being human.
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