I am a Clinical Social Worker, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Counsellor with over 35 years experience.
I now work exclusively in private practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and as a registered Mental Health Provider through the Better Access to Mental Health Programme. Previously, I spent many years working in a wide variety of psychiatric settings including Adult Inpatient Services, Mental Health Outpatient Clinics and, more recently, Primary Mental Health contexts.
I am a graduate of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists training programme in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Adults, a Past President of the association and Chairman of the Training Programme. Over the years, I have also completed trainings in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In various work settings in the past I provided Family Therapy to families of various client groups and Group Therapy for the clients themselves.
While in my private practice I concentrate on psychoanalytic psychotherapy with individual adults or, alternatively, counselling interventions within an IPT framework, I also work with couples and groups where required. With my mental health background, I am open to Shared Care arrangements with medical providers – General Practitioners or Psychiatrists – and have an ongoing interest in working with people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and carers or families of those suffering from mental illness.
I have a special interest in the importance of creative endeavours for a person’s overall mental health and life satisfaction, and working with those experiencing blocks to their creative potential. I have completed a PhD in the field of Psychoanalysis and Literature, as well as teaching psychoanalytic theory and counselling skills at a tertiary level.
In addition to clinical services, I also provide professional supervision (individual and group) and reading groups, all within a psychodynamic framework.
About me …
I usually work with individual adults but sometimes with couples or families. I also work with groups.
I have a special interest in the importance of creative endeavours for a person’s overall mental health and life satisfaction, and experience in working with blocks to creative potential.
While many of the people who have taught me about the importance of creativity over my years of practice have been artists of various kinds, it is important also to affirm with Fred Hollows that to leave behind a garden, or to raise a happy, self-respecting child is a profoundly creative activity that leaves the world a better place.
My patients have also taught me that no matter what the painful circumstances or history a person may have experienced, a respectful, life-affirming relationship with a person such as a therapist can lead to positive change, given commitment and hard work on both sides.
What I provide:
Therapy and Counselling Options:
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Individual Counselling
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Couple Therapy
- Group Therapy
Professional Development Options: *
- Professional Supervision (Individual and Group)
- Reading/Study Groups for practitioners wanting to develop their knowledge of Psychoanalytic Theory
* My work is informed by psychoanalytic theory, broadly from an Object Relations perspective. I have a special interest in the work of Wilfred Bion and also the work of various Italian Psychoanalysts such as Antonino Ferro. I am also an interested ollower of recent developments in Neuro-psychoanalysis.
Referral and Fees:
- No referral is required if you do not intend to seek a rebate from Medicare, or to claim your therapy expenses on your tax return.
- If you are wanting to utilise the Better Access to Mental Health provisions, you will need to consult with your GP to obtain a referral. You will also need your doctor’s support to manage any medications you may require.
Private Health Insurance:
- Some private health funds provide rebates for counselling services, but only if you have high-level ancillary cover, or a Bonus Package. Contact your health fund to check your eligibility.
- Sometimes counselling or therapy needs to proceed in conjunction with medical treatments such as anti-depressants. In that case I prefer to work as part of a team, along with your GP or Psychiatrist in a shared care arrangement. This helps to provide you with the best possible care.
People seek therapy for a multitude of reasons. Often they feel dissatisfied with their lives, their relationships, or themselves for reasons that they may or may not be clear about. It is not uncommon for people to begin to recognise, on reflection, repetitive self-defeating behaviours or ways of relating in their lives. This leads them to want to make deeper changes to their way of living and their sense of self.
Many of the same things motivate people to seek counselling but frequently there are also specific and particularly challenging life situations that arise and create a need to find better solutions, to problem-solve, or to make emotional adjustments. Sometimes these circumstances are a natural consequence of life-stage transitions: sometimes they are the result of loss, trauma, or overwhelming change.
Who can be helped?
Therapy or counselling can be beneficial for various problems including:
- grief and loss
- life stage or significant role transitions
- relationship difficulties
- mood problems: depression and/or anxiety
- adjustment to illness
- long term effects of difficult developmental experiences
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