Welcome

My Work

Based in Melbourne, I work locally, nationally, and internationally with a range of individuals, groups, organisations, and communities from diverse backgrounds.

Services include psychotherapy; supervision, coaching and mentoring; and consultancy work such as reflective practice, workshops, projects or other organisational development activities.

I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as mindfulness based interventions and sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches.

My leadership work is informed both by my work as a practitioner, as well a leadership roles in  trauma – sensitive systems and organisations.

 

Background and experience

Clients

My work is grounded in the lived experiences of clients and I choose an anti-oppressive, rights-based, feminist position on practice. In all services I endeavour to create inclusive and ethical spaces that acknowledge the systems and structures impacting on wellbeing.

Since 2000 I have been engaged in therapeutic work in social justice and community settings. Experiences that inform my therapy practice include work in held immigration detention; with international aid and development workers; with people seeking asylum; with First Nations communities; and with chronic illness including medical trauma.

I am into my third decade of private practice which has also included work with bushfire survivors, workplace trauma, and mindfulness training. 

Leadership

After an early career in organisational consulting and leadership I held several leadership positions in the For-Purpose sector. This includes Program Leader, Professional and Organisational Development at Foundation House; Counselling Program Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre; and roles in training, facilitation, and project management.

Systems

I have designed and delivered numerous whole-of-organisation projects including: two reviews of professional learning; a review of trauma- sensitive wellbeing systems and structures; an online learning program; a national vocational rehabilitation program; and a national depression awareness education training program.

Mindfulness teaching

I am interested in how mindfulness approaches can support communities, people living with chronic illness, people of refugee backgrounds, as well as teams, and organisations who are engaged in purpose-based work. I have completed 60 hours of teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT] and 20 hours training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction [MBSR] teacher. My approach to teaching mindfulness is grounded in a personal meditation practice in a variety of wisdom traditions since 1986.

Professional memberships and training
  • The Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), Registered Psychologist
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS), Member
  • Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Candidate 2022
  • Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia – New Zealand, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher 
  • Monash University, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher 
  • Certificate IV in assessment and Workplace Training