Meet Our Team
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Level 2, Kings Court, 8-12 King St, Rockdale 2216
Direct Focus Solutions, Suite 2/40 Gardeners Road, Kingsford 2032
HOURS & ACCESS
Kingsford: by appointment
REFERRAL TYPES – INCLUDING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SERVICES (PSS)
Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander
0408 267 020
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 13 years of post-graduate experience in therapeutic practice and in acute Mental Health, including the emergency setting and long-term mental health rehabilitation. I hold a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney) and postgraduate qualifications (Masters in Social Work Counselling, University of NSW).
I have a deep commitment to working collaboratively with people to develop new insights and positive changes in their lives, and my recovery-focused approach draws from a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). My practice is trauma-informed, empowering and person-centered and I work holistically with the person, not just their symptoms or diagnosis.
I am skilled in assessing and treating people who experience the following issues:
- Depression and feelings of dysthymia
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Mood disorders and psychosis
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Relationship problems
- Family conflict
- Anger and aggression
- Low levels of confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem
- Grief and loss
- Situational stress and adjustment issues
- Periods of life transition and crisis
I am also very passionate about clinical supervision and am available to provide this to social workers, counsellors, allied health and NGO workers. I believe this is fundamental in supporting the professional development of self.
My therapeutic approach is flexible, and I treat my clients with unconditional positive regard in developing a trusted and safe therapeutic alliance that values people’s strengths, uncovers their resilience, generates new perspectives and possibilities and connects people to what is meaningful in their lives. I believe that profound personal growth can develop through intense life experiences and challenges, and that magic can be found through the mess.
I am also a Yoga Teacher with a special interest in mindfulness. I have seen first-hand how this practice can regulate arousal, reduce anxiety and generate new thinking patterns. I draw on my own daily meditation practice to assist my clients to build self-awareness, explore the connection between their body and mind, embrace self-acceptance and develop a deeper, more satisfying quality of life. As Carl Rogers once said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
I have also completed additional training in the following:
- Trauma Informed Care (Education Centre Against Violence)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (Dr Marsha Linehan)
- Bowen Therapy and Family of Origin Coaching (Family Systems Institute)
- Narrative Therapy (The Dulwich Centre)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Dr Russ Harris)
- Interpersonal Therapy (Dr Scott Stuart)