I’m a registered psychologist and I work with clients of all ages who have a variety of issues using the approach I think is best suited to the nature of the situation. I use combinations of different strategies and styles individually tailored for each person. I draw upon cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, psycho-education, active listening, motivational interviewing, mind mapping for solutions, play therapy, coping strategies, assertiveness assistance, and behaviour analysis among other things.
I provide support that helps people cope with their present circumstances and if needed, move closer to living in accordance with their values. I really like to work with people to help them achieve goal-focused changes or acceptance. Philosophically, I believe that most people are inherently OK but that sometimes a helping hand is invaluable. Generally, we learn emotional and other life skills through instruction, modelling, and experience but sometimes life throws curve balls that are outside our range. It’s in those times that people sometimes need solace or guidance.
I provide assistance for people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I work with those who need to improve their coping skills in many domains such as: anger management, parenting help, behaviour management, emotional regulation, workplace wellbeing, and stress management.
I’m experienced in the diagnostic assessment of developmental disabilities and behavioural management of both typical and atypical children. I was lucky enough to do a year as a provisional psychologist at Monash Children’s Hospital in the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic with a wonderful multidisciplinary team including Cathie Hughes, Dr. Oliver Hopkins, Dr. Helen Chau, and Dr. Philip Graves. During this time, I learnt invaluable lessons and saw a wide range of clients with developmental disabilities for assessment and diagnosis. By conducting educational, cognitive, social and behavioural assessments I can identify strengths and weaknesses and work with schools and parents to ensure well-rounded care.
I see elderly clients who are experiencing psychological distress. Guiding people to use the skills they’ve built throughout their lifetimes can help smooth difficult transitions. Some physical or mental issues are permanent. Finding pathways to healthy coping strategies helps people come to terms with their situation and find a measure of peace and acceptance. I will happily see clients outside of the clinic where necessary (at home or in care facilities) and bulk-bill these sessions for pensioners.
Finally, I have a special interest in emotions in the workplace; my doctorate examined the interactions between emotional demands, emotional labour strategies and psychosocial health outcomes in Australian school principals. I counsel individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their workplace – bullying, ongoing work overload and chronic stress.
I am available for individual or group professional development sessions regarding management of emotions in the workplace at all organisational levels.
I work in two private practice locations and a referral is not required to see me.
Jigsaw Psychology (Park Orchards, 03 8657 8626) – Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Spectrum House (Hawthorn, 03 9888 4000) – Mondays and Tuesdays.
Session fees are supported by Medicare if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician. You may be eligible for 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first 6 individual sessions. Your private health insurance may also pay costs, please contact your provider to find out what you are covered for.
I completed an articulated PhD/Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology in 2017 and passed with no amendments. I graduated with a first-class Honours (Psychology) in a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience from Monash University. I am an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society, a full member of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Trauma, a registered WorkSafe psychologist and a FaHCSIA service provider.