I am a licensed psychologist and social worker. I have memberships in:
I am located in St Kilda East, Victoria and have over 30 years experience working with individuals, couples and families.
Clients request services for a variety of reasons and under a variety of circumstances. Some people seek help to resolve personal issues, some with relationship problems and others with work related situations. As part of my family work, I see a lot of stepfamilies drawing from my research work. As a member of NALAG I also work with many clients dealing with trauma, grief and loss.
I work both in the short term and long term depending on the issue at hand and the clients preference. Some problems in living can effectively be resolved by drawing on an outside perspective of someone with considerable life experience and a wealth of professional knowledge. Therapy is a process of slowing down and reflecting on the present, providing a space to more fully become aware of our total experience in being. I see that people generally have the tools within themselves to create shifts and opportunities in their lives. Therapy works by drawing on these existing capabilities to help people overcome the challenges encountered in life.
My clients are varied in age, cultural and religious practices.
My core theoretical orientations include the use of a range of theoretical models:
From Family Systems Theory I draw on an understanding that context is central. Individual strengths and weaknesses are learnt in our early experiences and impact on our behavioural patterns in the present. I also understand the unique contribution of culture.
I find Positive Psychology useful in highlighting the specific types of communication styles which enhance our relationships. This model also draws upon theories of mindfulness
I also draw on Behavioural Theories and on Cognitive-Behavioural Techniques (CBT) which have formed part of my practice since graduation but more recently, CBT has been recognized as an effective tool for addressing depression and anxiety. This works by helping people distinguish between thoughts and feelings and interrupts the manner in which these impact on behaviour.
Another set of theories which inform my practice are Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic Theory. These approaches facilitate understanding the significance of unconscious processes and how they serve to sabotage “logical” solutions to the obstacles and challenges we encounter. These theories emphasize the centrality of interdependence in human relationships.
I am thoroughly grounded in theories which aid me in understanding human nature and behaviour and have been described as insightful and pragmatic. I am an open and straightforward person who counsels in a manner where interpretations are shared and jointly constructed. My approach to therapy is very interactive within a safe, confidential and authentic relationship. My goal is to help people close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be.
I came to Psychology via Social Work. I have worked as a clinician since my twenties and therefore I bring to my practice considerable life experience and a wealth of professional knowledge. I have maintained a passionate interest in my work and I am fortunate to be able to balance an active life raising a family as well as working with a range of individuals and couples of all ages. In addition I work with groups, teach, train and continuously keep up my own learning.
Ph.D. Latrobe University (1991)
M.S.W. Latrobe University (1982)
Dip. Social Studies University of Melbourne (1971)
B.A.(Psych) Melbourne University (1972)
Memberships and Associations
Selected Recent Professional Developments
Public talks over many years on the following topics: