Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
PhD, University of NSW, 2013; Master Clinical Psychology, University of Canberra, 2015; Master Forensic Psychology, Charles Sturt University, 2006; Graduate Diploma Applied Psychology, 1998; B.A. (Humanities & Social Sciences), 1997
Complex trauma, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) issues, children, couples
PO Box 464
Yass, NSW 2582
United States (US)
My initial training was in the arts, and I worked as an art teacher for some years before moving into the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field, and specifically within therapeutic communities, where I established programs for families with children and clients in the community and within custodial settings. This has been a continuing area of practice, and I have been fortunate to work in a number of Government and non-government (NGO) organisations, in policy development and mental health practice, both in Australia and the UK over the course of my career.
Twenty years after my original training, I returned to university to commence studies in psychology, and qualified as a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, also completing a PhD with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW) in 2013. I have taught at university level, supervising students in Masters’ degrees in Health and Clinical Psychology, and trained in a number of modalities.
Over the years, the majority of my clients have come to me with complex trauma stories – AOD, childhood and family abuse, and first responders. My practice has always combined expressive therapies – working on the unconscious, often through the use of sandplay with both adults and children. As I researched the mind-body connection, and began to understand more about how the brain changes as a result of PTSD and trauma events, the more I became committed to working with the unconscious – it made absolute sense.
TRTP™ has provided the missing link in my practice – and the results are stunning.
My practice has expanded in this way, and I see myself now as an integrative psychologist, uniting psychology and other alternative and complementary approaches. It is an holistic approach with a focus on wellness.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am an accredited Medicare provider.