I was educated at the Townsville James Cook University where I completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours in 2001, and later returned to university part-time and finished a Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology in 2007.
I have a great fascination for the mind and was curious about how the subconscious belief system can sometimes undermine people’s attempts for change in their lives. I decided to expand my knowledge about this by studying hypnotherapy and completed a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in 2011. My previously completed training and certification included the treatment practices of cognitive behavioural therapy, Narrative therapy, Solution-Focussed therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), and Imagery Reframing and Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT) and more.
The Queensland public health system (ie, Drug Court) was my main employer for my career after study. I worked for other organisations such as Ozcare RDATS, Veterans and Veterans families Counselling Service (VVCS), Townsville and Mackay Medicare Liason (TMML), and was an interviewer on various university projects. I later moved into my own practice in 2009. Initially, I provided an outreach service in addition to clients seeking services from my practice locations. Today, I continue to provide therapy to individuals, couples, families, and to groups. I have maintained the outreach service to individuals in drug rehabilitation programs in Townsville, and provide group programs.
My specialisation is complicated trauma and other forms of anxiety, anger, depression, suicidality, and substance abuse. However, I also provide therapy for workplace-related issues such as injury, bullying, including coping with compensation matters. I am very competent with student issues such as exam anxiety, motivation, confidence, or other problems that may be associated with this type of career. I have extensive experience in working with grief and loss, interpersonal problems, and psychological and physical abuse, chronic illness. People of many ages who sought treatment from me sometimes came from a range of different places of origin. This has given me skills that place me in good stead for treatment practices with cultural diversity to ensure every person who attends my practice experiences being treated with dignity and respect.
Ongoing training is very necessary to stay abreast of the latest clinically proven techniques. This is how I ensure my clients receive the best possible care and attention for their recovery. My strength is that I complete a thorough assessment and diagnosis to provide appropriate therapy, so that people who come to see me receive ethical and proper care. The skills accumulated through my years of training and practice are used to help people who seek my assistance to enhance their own positive outcomes so that they can seek fulfilment within their own lives.
I have a strong ethical credo and maintain professional standards by responsible practice with therapy. Part of ensuring I maintain high standards is to follow a quality assurance model to ensure people who come for therapy are satisfied with the service. Overall, I have a structured approach to my therapy but always maintain a welcoming and relaxed manner to help people who come for therapy to feel at ease and make the most of this opportunity for change in their lives.