I am a therapist that has been supporting people in their growth and healing for over 10 years. I have particular experience working with emotional difficulties such as anxiety, complex trauma, and depression.
Prior to my training in psychology, I undertook in-depth personal study and immersion in Eastern philosophy and psychological systems for approximately 15 years. This included the application of contemplative and wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, Taoism, Vedantic Meditation, and Tibetan Yoga, as a means of personal growth and transformation. My lifelong journey through these various systems informs my general philosophy of life, and my therapeutic approach to working with people.
I then completed training in Western psychology for 8 years, including the application of clinical psychology and psychotherapy to assist with a range of emotional difficulties. During this time, I completed training in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Group Counselling, and Trauma-Focused Therapies. Prior to that, I completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree with First Class Honours. My Honours research examined the impact of mindfulness on social anxiety. I also completed further research in clinical psychology as part of a Master of Research (Psychology), which examined the relationship between nutrition and mental health. As a result of this research, I have developed a passion for working with the mind-body interface and the potential of this union to promote healing and well-being.
As well as being a Psychologist, I am also a body-oriented psychotherapist and a graduate of the Hakomi method, a mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy. I integrate and utilise Hakomi techniques and principles into my approach to healing and transformation. Please click Hakomi for more information about this approach.
Professional Development, Qualifications, and Membership
Australian Psychological Society – Member
Hakomi Australia Association – Member
2020 – Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy Graduate 3-year Training – Hakomi Institute
2017 – Master of Clinical Psychology – Macquarie University
2016 – Master of Research (Psychology) – Macquarie University
2014 – Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) – Southern Cross University
2013 – Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science – University of Canberra
2008 – Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Criminology)
2016 – Listening to the Body – Introduction to Hakomi Workshop – Deb Algar
2014 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Mental Health Academy
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitude of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives