Eliza is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 13 years of post-graduate experience in therapeutic practice and acute Mental Health, including emergency settings and long-term mental health rehabilitation. She chose to be a Social Worker because of her commitment to the principles of social justice, equity, and empowerment. Eliza considers it a privilege to work alongside people as they deal with the challenges in their lives. Eliza provides an acceptance of difference, humility, respectful collaboration, as well as a sense of humour.
She has a special interest in Mindfulness-based practice as, in addition to her clinical practice, Eliza is also a yoga practitioner and teacher, having completed her training in 2016. She runs weekly yoga sessions with the patients at the Forensic Hospital as part of their rehabilitation program, and integrates mindful practices into her work such as breathing meditation, calming visual imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation, in order to regulate arousal and reduce feelings of anxiety and panic in people.
The cornerstone of her therapeutic practice is the process of assisting clients in embracing self-acceptance.
As Carl Rogers once said:
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”.
Over her professional career, Eliza has developed a recovery-focused framework that draws from a variety of evidence-based modes of treatment, including:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
And Psychodynamic Models such as:
- Brief Psychodynamic
- Psychosocial Development
- Systems theory
Central to her therapy work is ‘Mindfulness,’ which is a powerful practice that can assist people in exploring the connection between their body and mind, in addition to cultivating and broadening their attention with the aim of becoming more self-aware and developing a deeper and more satisfying quality of life.
Eliza’s practice is both trauma-informed and empowering. She works holistically with the individual, not simply their set of symptoms or diagnoses. Eliza has a passion for supporting individuals and their families throughout their challenges and is able to connect with individuals from a wide range of age groups and backgrounds. This includes the homeless, street based sex workers, and even high level management staff.
Eliza is fascinated by the psychodynamic practices of Freud, Jung and Adler, and as she has progressed through her practice as a mental health clinician, she has developed a deeper appreciation of the nature of attachments in our lives and how they shape our sense of security, safety and connectedness. She is highly motivated to work in a therapeutic setting with clients as they develop positive changes in their lives, having learned to create a holding space whereby individuals can unpack and process their traumas, explore new roles and identities and co-construct meaning in their lives.
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney)
- Postgraduate qualifications (Masters in Social Work Counselling, University of NSW)