Most of us are pretty tuned into why it’s a good idea to be proactive about our physical health and wellbeing. We tend to know a lot about how to support ourselves to be physically healthy, and when we get sick, we know it’s a good idea to see a doctor to help us recover. I like to think about psychology similarly; sometimes we need help getting better from illness (perhaps depression or anxiety, for example) or injury (like psychological trauma, for example). Sometimes we need more than that, like help to focus on our mental wellbeing - and that’s about so much more than just a lack of being ill or injured.
As a psychologist, I often see children, young people, adults, and families, at the point of illness or injury - or when challenges have presented themselves and feel overwhelming. I am often so inspired by the people I meet, and in the strength and courage that it can take to seek out help to get through those tough times. In addition to my passion for working together with my clients during times of difficulty, I love working with people when they want to develop their wellbeing - when they want to grow their skills in areas such as: loving and accepting themselves; being a fantastic parent; being a skilled communicator in their relationships; working toward a particular fitness or other wellness goal; or being able to forgive and move on from past ruptures in relationships, just as some examples.
I use a strengths-based, relational, and client-centred stance in my relationships and work with my clients to help identify and build upon their existing strengths, and help them learn and build upon new skills. Using evidence-based practices, I work with my clients to identify goals that are meaningful to them, and work toward them collaboratively. I have a strong working history with psychological trauma, including recovery from family violence for people across their lifespan, and this work in the area of trauma is a passion for me.
I consult out of Hopscotch and Harmony’s Belmont rooms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and would love to meet you - no matter whether there is a mental illness or injury you’d like help with, challenges you are facing, or whether you want to discuss your strengths, how to tap into them and reach toward wellbeing.
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Areas of expertise
*Mental health and Wellbeing *Trauma informed practices *EMDR therapy *Communication and Relationships *Parenting and Attachment *Challenging behaviours *Emotional regulation *Parenting support *Family Violence Recovery