I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor and member of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP).
I am a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, and have trained and supervised Couple Relationship Therapists. I am also Registered with PACFA: The Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia. I am registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers, and as such a Medicare Provider. I am also registered under Medicare to work with problem pregnancies. I am a member of the AASW’s National Ethics Pool.
I commenced in social work in 1980 working with mothers and infants, with infertility, adoptions, loss and grief. Through this I learned about the dynamics of early life and relationships and the way these affect later life choices and patterns. As a result I began training in family therapy in the 1980s and from this moved into group analytic training in 1986 and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in 1990 when I commenced private practice on a part time basis with couples and individuals. Most recently I have completed training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – a short term – treatment for people suffering from depression or mood disorders.
I work with couples, individuals and children. I also provide group therapy.
Between 1992 and 2005 I worked at a Federally funded child and family relationship counselling organisation, (Drummond Street Relationship Centre) eventually providing training and supervision to clinicians as well as devising and managing a Couple Therapy training course offered at Master’s Level and the University of Melbourne. My role was as Manager of Education and Training.
I provide short term crisis and stress debriefing work, interpersonal therapy, grief and loss counselling as well as or short term ( DIT) or long term counselling or psychotherapy – all of which have a growing evidence base.
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