Relationship Counselling and Psychotherapy
Trauma Informed Practice
Clinical Psychotherapist (M Coun/App Psych;
M Couple/Family Therapy; B Arts/Law (Hons))
From the inception of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, I have been part of a team of therapists who provide therapy to the survivors under the auspices of the Royal Commission. We know today from longitudinal research1 that the sombre ripple effect of this territory touches many aspects of lived experience: social, mental, physical, emotional and psychological. I bring a relational and systemic lens to this work with individuals, couples and families and attend holistically to the multi-layered presentations with trauma informed care.
This is one part of my work. My area of special interest is attachment and developmental disruption. Hence the work I do also includes multi spectrums of maladaptive relational dynamics, power, control, violence and abuse.
I divide my time between working for a large not-for-profit organization and working in private practice. In broad terms, this range of work includes clinical sessions with individuals, couples and families, delivering group programs (intimate partner violence behavioral change groups; maintenance groups; parenting workshops); sessions as specialist child consultant; collaborative engagement as part of an interdisciplinary team in post separation work; consulting to a large training organization as clinical supervisor to a masters clinic; clinical supervision contracts with allied health services.
My professional experience in academia includes sitting on various committees on quality control and course accreditation in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. I currently sit on a Human Research Ethics Committee on PhD proposals into the field of relational and systemic issues.
1 The Adverse Childhood Experience Study commenced in 1995 and is an ongoing longitudinal study of a population of 17500 plus that underscores a biopsychosocial relevance to health and welfare. http://www.acestudy.org/