I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 13 years of post-graduate experience in therapeutic practice and in acute Mental Health, including the emergency setting and long-term mental health rehabilitation. I chose to be a Social Worker because of my commitment to principles of social justice, equity and empowerment and consider it a privilege to be alongside people as they deal with the challenges in their lives. I bring an acceptance of difference, humility, respectful collaboration and a sense of humour.
I have a special interest in Mindfulness based practice which has enormous benefit in regulating high anxiety and arousal for people. As an adjunct to my clinical practice, I am also a yoga practitioner and teacher having completed my training in 2016. I ran weekly yoga sessions with the patients at the Forensic Hospital as part of their rehabilitation program, and integrating mindful practices such as breathing meditation, calming visual imagery and progressive muscle relaxation to regulate arousal and reduce anxious feelings and panic.
The process of assisting clients in embracing self-acceptance is the cornerstone to my therapeutic practice, as Carl Rogers once said “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”.
Over my professional career I have developed a recovery-focused framework that draws from a variety of evidenced based treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Psychodynamic Models such as Brief Psychodynamic, Attachment, Psychosocial Development and Systems theories. Central to my therapy work is Mindfulness which is a powerful practice that can assist people in exploring the connection between their body and mind and to cultivate and broaden their attention to become more self-aware and to develop a deeper, more satisfying quality of life.
I assess and treat people who experience the following issues:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Mood disorders and psychosis
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Relationship problems
- Family conflict
- Anger and aggression
- Low levels of confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem
- Grief and loss
- Situational stress and adjustment issues
- Periods of life transition and crisis
My practice is trauma-informed and empowering and I work holistically with the individual not simply their set of symptoms or diagnosis. I am able to connect with different age groups and am passionate in supporting individuals and families to grow through their challenges. I am able to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds – from homeless, street based sex workers to high level management staff.
I am fascinated by psychodynamic practice of Freud, Jung and Adler. As I have progressed in my practice as a mental health clinician I’ve developed a deeper appreciation of the nature of attachments in our lives and how they shape our sense of security, safety and connectedness.
I am encouraged to work in a therapeutic setting with clients as they develop positive changes in their lives. I’ve learnt 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.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney) and postgraduate qualifications (Masters in Social Work Counselling, University of NSW).