Counsellor & Therapist
Becoming a counsellor almost didn’t happen.
As a young person I generally rolled along in life doing what I thought was expected of me.
I wasn’t at all clear on what I wanted.
At University, I dabbled in economics and social sciences, including psychology. I intended to major in psychology but soon found that it wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be.
Thankfully I was invited into an honours stream in Educational Psychology. I was thrilled because it provided me with the opportunity I was looking for, to study people, development and learning.
And so my career began in Education.
After completing my undergraduate studies with majors in Education and Philosophy, I enrolled in a Master’s degree in Education and worked as a researcher in Vocational Education and Training. I was then employed in various learning and development roles within professional associations in finance, investment and accounting.
Eventually, I stumbled upon counselling.
Everything finally clicked. I knew I’d found the career I’d wanted – it allowed me to work with people in a personally engaging and authentic way. I continued to work in adult education while studying counselling.
Later, I undertook my own therapy – as part of my training to be a therapist myself. My therapy helped me overcome a lot of the stress, anxiety and grief that I had felt due to a family crisis that had previously turned my world upside down. It also allowed me to experience firsthand the incredible value of therapy for which I am extremely grateful.
It further fueled my passion for becoming a therapist – I wanted to help others achieve the great results that I experienced.
Pursuing and achieving my goal to become a professional counsellor was a personal triumph.
I completed the Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and worked as a counsellor for a community counselling service and a health service. I gained clinical membership with CAPA (Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW) and became registered with PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia). I also combined my counselling and adult education professions and ran quit smoking groups/workshops and taught counselling methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In 2003 I was thrilled to set up my private practice.
Both challenging and rewarding – at the risk of it sounding like a cliche, – I feel privileged to do the work I do. It’s also a very exciting time to be in therapy, given the breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychotherapy research over the past decade. We now know so much more about how the brain works and how to facilitate change.
My bedside table is piled high with psychology books and articles and I keep up to date with current trends and research by attending seminars and workshops regularly.
While in my professional life I strive to help others respond to their stress and live the best life available to them, I do the same within my own life.
My priorities of health, fitness, family, and friends are supported by my practice of Mindfulness, lyengar Yoga, and jogging.
I love living close to Sydney’s beautiful beaches and spend a lot of time by the water. I also try to get out of the city regularly in a bid for a better balance.